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Term 4 Program 2017

September 18, 2017

I can’t believe it is nearly Term 4 already, but it seems that it is, so Welcome to our Term 4 program!  We look forward to sharing in these Springtime offerings with you and your families.

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am unless otherwise noted (we do have an excursion and some longer sessions this term, see workshop details below). 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.

Living Learning programs are pitched at a 5yrs and up age group as a loose guideline. 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.

At the end of the program, you will find a link to the booking form for Term 4 2017. Our workshops most often book out, so book in as soon as you can!

10th October: Farm Excursion

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Come along on an excursion to Providence Hill farm in Hartley. See how things work on a real farm and hear about what life on a farm is like. Meet and feed the animals and maybe even try your hand at some veggie gardening. After our tour we are welcome to stay and enjoy the farm a little longer with a picnic, so bring along your lunch.

Providence Hill farm is a family farm and market garden run by Edwina and Ebony. They grow and deliver fresh, chemical-free produce to families throughout the mountains. You can find out more about them here

Details about how to get to the farm and what to bring will be sent to attending families closer to the day.

Cost: $25 per family for HEA members, $28 non-HEA members


17th & 24th of October: Build-a-mind 

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We enjoyed working with Kerry from Build-a-Mind so much, we decided to invite her back. During this series of workshops children will have the opportunity to spend focused time on Lego coding kits one week and free explore with other kits the other week. Build-A-Mind focuses on exposing children (and adults) to new technology, new tools and different methods of construction, alongside familiar toys such as Lego.  Children are gently encouraged to express their creativity and expand their horizons at a pace that suits them individually.    Our team of Edutainers facilitate explorative learning and guide the children to find their own conclusions on how to progress with whatever project they may be working on.

Our mantra begins “We are makers, we are creators, we are innovators …..”  and we strive to instil this belief in everyone we work with.

Cost for the two week series: $24 HEA members/$30 non-members


17th October: Hands-on Ecological and Biodiversity Study for older children.

Come and learn about the amazing bushland that we have in the Blue Mountains. You will be ecologists and biologists for the morning, learning how to do real citizen science and get up close with nature.

Jenny and Emma from Blue Mountains City Council will walk with you to bushland near the Mid Mountains Community Centre – the bushland will be our classroom. Unless it is very heavy rain we will brave the weather just like real scientists do!  So may need to bring your raincoats. Wear good walking shoes and bring something to record your data. This class will run from 11:30-1:30.

This workshop is suitable for children who work at a high school level. Cost is free for HEA members, $2.00 for non-members. Pleasne note: this workshop is not on the LL booking form – If interested in this workshop, please email the organiser Jane directly:

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providing your child’s name, age, HEA membership number and expiry date.


24th October: Open Planning Meeting

Come along and help create what Living Learning looks like in the new year.  Open Planning Meetings are a chance to give feedback on previous offerings, to share ideas, and create future programs. We especially love to hear what the children are interested in experiencing so bring along ideas from the whole family! We will meet at 12pm (after the second Build-a-Mind session).

31st October: Seeds

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Come and learn about the mysterious, magical world of seeds with Meredith and Julie. How do seeds grow? What’s inside a seed? What do different seeds look like, and what are they even for? Create and take home an experiment to watch a seed in action.

Meredith and Julie are home educating mums at Living Learning, who have a love for the amazing world of nature. Meredith has just completed her Permaculture Design Certificate and Julie has an Environmental Science background.  They have both been gardening for what seems like too many years to count!

Cost: $15 HEA members, $18 non HEA members


7th November: Market Day!

We are celebrating Home Ed Week and the approaching holiday season with a Market Day!

Have you been creating some amazing craft?

Are you keen to make a bit of money and see what some of your friends have been creating?

Wanting to buy some treats for your self and presents for others?

Come along to our Market and set up a stall.

Children of all ages are welcome to sell art and craft and other created items/second hand toys or learning materials/baked goods.

No commercial stalls will be included in this Market, all stall holders will be from the homeschooling community from the teens through to our youngest members being welcome. Parents of children are welcome to support and co-run a stall with their children

Bookings for Stall-holders is required. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Cost $2 per stall.


14th November: Sharing our Passions

Would you like to share what excites and delights you? Come along and share something that you love with us all! For this session we are opening up an opportunity for those who would like to share something they are passionate about with the group.  This can be a short talk, a performance, demonstration or an interactive experience.  Both children and parents are welcome to book a spot, come and share something that you really enjoy in your life!  Session lengths will depend on how many people would like to present.  We will be in touch to confirm times once bookings close, bookings for presenters will close on the 14th of October.  You can also book in as an audience member if you don’t want to present, but would like to share in the delights!

Cost $2 HEA members $4 non HEA members.


21st November: Microscopic Creatures

Come and discover the incredible microscopic creatures that live in the soil and the environment all around us. Be a scientist for a morning – and learn how to use a real microscope. Blue Mountains City Council’s Education Officers, Jenny and Emma will show you how to get up close to nature and discover amazing details we cannot see with the naked eye.

Please note this workshop will run from 9:30-11:30 to allow for an in depth learning experience.  We will meet in the MMNC Courtyard.  The first hour will be spent gathering samples outside, and the second hour will be spent inside with the microscopes.

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‘Connecting kids with creeks and catchments’ is part of Blue Mountains City Council’s environmental education program for schools and early years learning centres.

Our aspirations:
*Healthy children and young people
*Children and young people who connect regularly to the
natural world, are healthier and happier.
*Every child and young person connects regularly with
*Healthy waterways
*People who connect with nature as children become
more environmentally responsible adults.
*Every child and young person learns about, cares about
and is respectful of the natural areas in their back yards.
*Every child and young person develops water literacy and
takes action to protect waterways.

The program
our intent is to design the program with you, to meet your needs and to use your backyards and bushland corridors as the ‘third teacher’.

Cost $8 HEA members $11 non HEA members


28th of November: Manga Drawing and end of year picnic

Come along and learn about the wonderful world of Japanese Manga!

In this class we will delve into creating our own manga inspired characters and learn about the art form that became the most mimicked style in the world! From Astro Boy to Sailor Moon we’ll be taking a look at manga through the ages and learning the tips and tricks of the trade to create dynamic and eye catching characters.

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My name is Madi Martin and I’m a former Homeschooler and second year University student studying a Bachelor of Fine Art and Visual Culture and working toward a Master of Secondary Education at Curtin University. I’m an ink artist and am currently featured at Gallery ONE88 in Katoomba. I’m also in Instagram and Facebook @kewpidollart.

I hope to see you there!


Cost: $16 HEA members and $19 Non HEA Members

After this session we will have an end of year picnic to celebrate the completion of another amazing year of Living Learning!  All welcome.


Booking information:

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to offer refunds so please read each workshop description carefully before choosing which workshops to book into.  The booking form is below:

So Much Gratitude to everyone who creates and supports Living Learning, we are so lucky to have this ongoing community resource for our families to share in.  Thank you all.

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