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Term 1 Program 2017

January 11, 2017


Welcome to Living Learning’s Term 1 Program!

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am (other than the Butterfly/minibeasts workshop which starts at 10:45am). MMNC is a nut free venue.  All homeschooling families are welcome to meet for lunch afterwards, whether or not you are attending the workshops.  Living Learning activities are Home Education Association Inc. (HEA) Events.

Our community has grown substantially and often we end up with families on waiting lists. We’d love to have workshops full of children who are really interested in the specific workshop.  Thanks for your consideration in only booking your children in if they are keen. This helps the workshops to be more fun and engaging for everyone.

Living Learning programs are pitched at a 5 and up age group as a loose guideline. We are aiming to move away from age based activities and have a focus on skills required for each workshop.  Each workshop description includes required skills to participate. You can use these as guides for whether your child will be able to participate easily. If your child is interested in a workshop but is still developing some of the recommended skills, they are welcome to attend as long as you can sit close by (in the workshop with them) and support them as required.

Please note it is an insurance requirement from HEA that parents are at the venue or provide written notice of their absence to the event organiser and have a designated “supervising carer” present for their children. When you are the “supervising carer” for another parent, please ensure you include the names of the children who are in your care when you sign the HEA sign on sheet.  Thanks for your support.

We look forward to sharing in a wonderful term of Living Learning with you.  Big thanks to our whole community for co-creating this valuable resource for our families.

At the end of the program, you will find a link to the booking sheet for Term 1 2017

Our workshops most often book out, so book in as soon as you can!

31st Jan- Not Back to School Picnic

10:30am onwards at Buttenshaw Park Springwood. 

Come and celebrate the start of the 2017 non-school year with us with a picnic in the park. No booking required. Remember your picnic morning tea and/or lunch, hats, sunscreen and water.

Please ensure you sign your name on the HEA attendance sheet while you’re at the picnic.


7th, 14th Feb- Brazilian Drumming

Facilitated by Richy Glasgow of 100drums and Samba Trombada

Come along and make some noise and take a magical musical journey through Brazil with some Samba drumming. Participants will learn some Brazilian carnival rhythms involving drums and other percussion instruments.

This workshop is suitable for anyone who can walk and count to two (at the same time). It’s recommended that children younger than about 8 have a parent to accompany them; in fact parents are all encouraged to join in too!

Richy Glasgow has over 18 years’ experience teaching Brazilian percussion. His experience includes a 2 year Australia Council Fellowship to ‘study street music in Brazil and it’s use in community groups in the UK and Europe’, Composing ‘Indian Ocean Water Water Drumming” and creating a 500 strong drumming ensemble to perform it for the opening of the 2005 Perth International Arts Festival, and Running thousands of workshops around the world and establishing numerous community based brazilian percussion groups. He runs 100drums community workshops and is involved in local Brazilian drumming group/classes Samba Trombada.

Cost $15 HEA members/ $18 non-members

Planning Meeting!

Come along and share your feedback from previous terms and ideas for future terms!  Let’s brainstorm and plan another fabulous year of Living Learning for our awesome homeschooling community.  We’d love to base our program on our children’s interests so bring along the whole family’s thoughts.  All welcome.

Date: 7th February

Time: 12pm

21st Feb- Butterflies with Travelbugs Mobile Mini Beasts- this workshop will start at 10:45am

At our children’s request Jacqui Love is returning to Living Learning to take a deeper dive into the world of one mini-beast in particular – Have you ever seen a butterfly? This season has been BIG for butterflies in the Blue Mountains and beyond, but how do they help us and our environment? How do such delicate animals survive in such a harsh world? What do their colours mean? How do they grow and change? How long do they really live? What can we do to attract butterflies and other pollinators to our gardens? All these questions and more will be answered in this workshop featuring a diverse collection of preserved butterflies, laminated wings, cocoons and more. Learn the differences between butterflies and their closest relatives, the moths! And you never know, you just might get to see some real live butterflies also!


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Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts is a fun ‘hands-on’ mobile education service that travels all over NSW (and beyond) educating people of all ages about the benefits and wonders of invertebrates or ‘mini-beasts’ (insects, spiders, snails, millipedes etc) within our environment.  Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts were awarded the ‘Frater Award for Excellence’ in School Performance (Environmental Science Education) by the NSW Department of Education in both 2004 and 2006. Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts also offers services to the media and has featured on several popular television programs in Australia such as Creature Features, Gardening Australia, Playschool, Burke’s Backyard, Sunrise and Better Homes & Gardens. Travelbugs Mobile Mini-beasts has been operating for over 9 years and is owned and operated by Jacqui Love.

Jacqui was a Senior Zookeeper at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo for almost 10 years. Although she has experience and knowledge of a broad variety of animals, invertebrates and other “mini-beasts” have always been closest to her heart. She developed invertebrate colonies and displays and conducted extensive invertebrate research for Taronga Zoo during her time there. Several years before, she worked at the Sydney Tropical Butterfly House, once located at Dural in Sydney’s northwest where she presented workshops, lectures and tours to schools groups several times per week, as well as cared for and bred a variety of mini-beast species.  She has kept over 200 different species of LIVE spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets, flies, cockroaches, beetles, worms, preying mantis, stick insects, crayfish, snails, ants and bees and the list continues to grow.  She possesses a diverse range of qualifications including a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Science from Charles Sturt University, the Zookeeping and Animal Attending Certificates from the Sydney Institute of Technology and an assortment of other specialty courses such as Spider Identification, Herpetological Techniques, Aquarium Science and Beekeeping. She also taught the Invertebrate component of the Zookeeping Certificate through the Sydney Institute of Technology for 3 years and recently taught Animal Studies at Bathurst And Orange TAFE in 2005-2006.

Cost $15 hea members/$18 non-members

N.B. due to the delicate nature of Jacqui’s mini-beasts we need to be very strict with numbers for this workshop. Younger siblings are usually welcome to sit at the side and be in the room during LL workshops. For this workshop, younger siblings can book in and pay to attend or wait outside with a parent.


21st Feb- Marvellous Morning Tea

Time: 11:30 until you can manage to drag yourself away from us.

Cost: It’s totally FREE! Awesome!

The Living Learning community is delighted to invite all families that are newcomers to home education in the Blue Mountains to our ‘Marvellous Morning Tea’. Come along and share a friendly chat, cosy cuppa and some melt in your mouth munchies with other fabulous home ed families.

We also extend this invitation to regulars within our community, those who haven’t previously tried Living Learning and those who just want to mingle with others. All homeschoolers are welcome regardless of whether or not you attend Living Learning workshops.

So let us know that you are attending by making your booking. Regulars to Living Learning, please bring a plate to share if you are able.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Cost: It’s totally FREE! Awesome!

Bookings Essential.


28th Feb, 7th March- Maths, Magic and Tricks with Azadeh (Ozzie)

Ever wanted to astound your friends with mind-reading skills? Or fancy card tricks? Well, when you learn some Mathemagics you can. With a few simple tricks up your sleeve, you’ll be wowing people with your prowess in no time and luckily for you, there’s an opening for mathemagician apprentices.

This workshop is for those who can add and subtract one and ideally two digit numbers. For those whose mathematics skill level is more advanced, we can do Mathemagics with division, multiplication and even algebra.

Cost $30 per HEA member/ $32 per non-member


14th, 21st March- Learn to stitch with Cindy and Elissa

Cindy King and Elissa Martini are both homeschool mums with a love of fibre and a passion for the imperfection of the handmade. They are inspired by Freeform Stitching and experimentation and want to share their enthusiasm, and encourage an enjoyment of the act of simple making.

Kits will be provided for the children. Parents who wish to participate and require a kit can pay an additional $20 and purchase their own kit. Please advise when you are booking if you need one of the kits to join the classes.

Skills – Beginners welcome. We would encourage a desire to learn. It is suggested that children under 7yrs may require parental support.

Cost $23 HEA members/ $25 non-members

N.B. Parents who wish to purchase a kit and join in, please indicate this on the booking sheet.



28th March- Skillshare

Cost $6per HEA member/$8 per non-member

Have you got some new skills you’d like to share with your friends at Living Learning? Are there some exciting facts you’ve been busting to share? A magic trick you’d like to perform?

In the past children have told us about historical battles, demonstrated clay building techniques, taught us about busking, played the cello and told us all about endangered species.

Come along to our Skillshare session and share with us or come along to listen and learn about what your friends are going to bring and share with us.

The cost of the session will help cover the cost of materials for those presenting a skill. There will be a petty cash claim form available for presenters to fill out to claim for consumables to a maximum of $20.

Families who would like to present please book by 14th March so we can allocate suitable time for each child to present.

Cost $6per HEA member/$8 per non-member


Booking Form

Here is the link to the booking form:


2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2017 6:03 am

    Hi 🙂 My five year old and I are new to Living Learning so we’re just starting with one workshop and the marvelous morning tea. I’ve filled in the booking form, is that all I need to do at this stage? We’re looking forward to attending and connecting with everyone 🙂 Caradene and Oscar


    • January 12, 2017 8:25 am

      Look forward to seeing you and Oscar there Caradene! Meredith will contact you soon with payment details 😊❤️

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