High School Program – Term 2

These workshops are suitable for children who work at a high school
level. If interested in these workshops, please email the organizer,
Jane directly: jane_brennan@msn.com

Creative Expression: This ten week workshop series will bring the
written word to life. It will explore diverse ways that creative
expression of the word can be useful in everyday situations. It will
help us develop skills to communicate well with the world around us
and to enact words thoughtfully. It is a practical workshop series
that will look at – storytelling, rhetoric, speech-writing, poetry,
documentary, communication skills, debating, crucial conversations,
interviewing and the construction of an argumentative essay. Workshops
will be structured around playful forays into the realms of logic and
fancy, beauty, comedy and the absurd. By focusing on our personal
strengths and the celebration of our unique selves, this workshop
series will help us to nurture the ongoing power of the creative
expression of our words. This is an inclusive high school class, open
to all levels of ability and confidence.

Gareth has a diverse interest in things such as narrative therapy,
popular culture, post-colonial literary theory, poetry, song writing
and essay. He has been writing poetry for about twenty years and has
been shortlisted for national poetry prizes. He has completed
undergraduate university studies in Social Ecology, Creative Writing
and Visual Arts and holds a masters degree in Social Work. He
currently works within the field of disability and mental health where
he utilises play, visual arts and creative writing as a therapeutic
modality. He has been involved in the home-education community with
his family of four children for the past ten years.

Cost: $120 for HEA members, $128 for non-HEA members for the ten week
series.

Gareth would like these classes to be accessible/inclusive to all. If
there are obstacles, financial or other, please get in touch with
Gareth to work out a solution: gareth.evan.thomas@gmail.com

Amazing Days of Home School Awesomeness!

On Thursdays this term Azadeh and Rachel are offering Amazing Days of
Homeschool Awesomeness. Our theme this term is Water.
Days will include science and art workshops and a variety of afternoon
activities. Children will work in different groups roughly based on
their age/stage.
Parents are invited to drop their children off and have some time for
themselves. There is also the option for parents to stay and support
their child(ren) with activities through the day.
Amazing Days of Homeschool Awesomeness will be happening in Hazelbrook
from 10am-3pm.
If you are interested please email adohabluemountains@gmail.com

Date/s and venue:
Thursdays 8th Feb- 5th April 2018
Venue on application

Target audience – age/year range:
Stages 1-4

ADOHA term 1 final for distribution

Architecture for Beginners

Home School Term 1 Technical Classes offered.

Architecture for Beginners

Boys and Girls ages 11 to 16

Classes held Thursdays 11 am to 1 pm at the Lawson Library, Lawson.

February 8 to March 29, 2018

Cost: $25 per lesson (8 weeks = $200)

Class will cover Site Plan drawing and reading, House plan technical drawing (Australian Standards)

Independent project by students in designing an architectural structure of their choice or giving an Oral Report with pictures or constructing an item to scale in designing.

Materials will be supplied, students need only a T-square and 45 triangle, pencil, scissors.

A folio of work and homework assignments on the History of Architecture is also included.

Call or email to georgia.schuldt@bigpond.com or 4758-6982 for more information or to enrol. Do this soon.

The class takes only 5 students (This class has been running for 5 years for Home School)

High School Program – Term 1

These workshops are suitable for children who work at a high school level.  If interested in these workshops, please email the organizer, Jane directly: jane_brennan@msn.com

6th of February ecology excursion. Join Emma and Jenny from Blue Mountains Council for a healthy waterways excursion to Horseshoe Falls in Hazelbrook. We will meet at 9:30am at the picnic area at Horseshoe Falls reserve at the end of Alexandria Avenue. This 3 hour excursion takes us on a walk to the falls themselves, where we will do extensive water testing and evaluating the creeks health. Lunch/picnic afterwards for those who are interested.

Cost: free for HEA members, $2.00 for insurance for non-members.

13th Feb – 3rd April. 8 Tuesdays 11:40-1:10 Life on Earth

What is life, how did it begin on earth, how is all of life related?

Starting smaller than we can see, and further back in time than we can fathom, let’s take a journey through the intricacies and mysteries of life on Earth.  Expect the unexpected, life is full of surprises!

Join Julie for an adventure to explore what biology is, what LIFE is.  We will explore the phylogenetic tree of life together, delighting in the wonder and diversity.  This will be a small group class, with flexible facilitation, encouraging the deepening of individual interests and varied forms of expression.  Drawing on the interests of the group we will research, design and carry out experiments and try out different ways of expressing our findings.  The smallest, largest, rarest and hardiest life-forms are in range of our curiosity, as we delve into discovering the innermost workings of life on our planet.  We are alive, and the earth bursting with life, and this will be as much celebration as science, full of opportunity for engagement in diverse ways with highschool level biology.

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Week 1 – Introduction

What is biology, what is life, brief introduction to cells and systematics, the tree of life, a brief overview of the story of life on earth, what are our individual interests, how do we each like to communicate and express ourselves.  The scientific method and experimental design.

Week 2 Animals

Human biology cells/tissues/organs/organ systems, vertebrate and invertebrate zoology – how are our favourite animals are related, microscopic animals, what is the most outrageous animal?  What life forms are most closely related to animals?

Week 3 Fungi and Plants

Relationships, differences and interactions between Animals, Fungi and Plants.  Fabulous Fungi and Peculiar plants.  Scientific research and experimental design.

Week 4  The whole tree of life.

Unicellular wonders and their multicellular relations.  The fairly invisible but ridiculously important and diverse kingdoms: Bacteria and Archaea

Ecology and Ecosystems

Week 5 The wonderful world of cells, human biology – cells/tissues/organs/organ systems

Week 6 Finishing with our experiments and expressing our results.  Wrap up of our exploration of the tree of life. Systematics and the ongoing nature of discovery.  Celebration!

Week 7 Jig Saw Challenge: Jane Brennan will facilitate a jig saw activity with a biology basis.  Jig saw activities involve developing specialised knowledge and bringing this together in collaborative group problem solving.

Week 8 A visit from a biologist to share their story of life and work in biology and be available for questions

Julie has studied Environmental Science at Southern Cross University and the University of New England, she is now studying Creative Arts at Charles Sturt University in a quest to get the very most out of an undergraduate degree as possible (and fit her study around homeschooling her children)!  She may win a prize for the most drawn out undergraduate degree ever!  While she was studying at UNE she DID win the NCW Beadle Prize for Botany twice, the second time for her study in Systematics.  The living world is her passion and delight, she is in completely in awe of it and thrilled at any opportunity to explore and share in the wonder.

Cost: $108 for HEA members; $116 for non-members

Living Learning: Fantastic Foot Feats with Sarah

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Come join us for a morning of play and learning about your fabulous feet.

-what lies beneath your foot flesh?

-what is our footstory? A brief comparison of some feet from other cultures and periods of human history

-how our modern environment and culture shapes and changes YOUR feet’s fitness and flexibility

-Shoes! The good, the bad, the ugly, the necessary?

-Footplay: how strong and mobile is YOUR footsy foundation? How does the health of your feet impact your WHOLE body? Join in some fun foot challenges and see what you can (and can’t) do!

– Foot love: foot friendly tips and hacks to keep your tootsies loving life!

This interactive workshop which will involve barefoot time in a controlled environment with the option of some outdoor barefoot experiences for those who wish to participate. Outdoor activities can also be completed shod if preferred. Please bring along the pair of shoes you wear most frequently. Parents welcome to participate with their children at no additional cost.

Sarah is a massage therapist, budding movement and alignment teacher, barefoot enthusiast and can’t stop talking about feet.

Cost: $12 for HEA members; $14 for non-members

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am. 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. This term we also have a program on offer for children working at High School level. Keep reading and scroll down to find details.

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.

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

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:

Booking form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdu-q6hNLqTKdU6HHURx7ittYdnW5hX98KxAUqq9yGAs6Lk5Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Living Learning: From Art to Textiles

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A workshop using a simple design technique to develop an original artwork, to use as inspiration for the making process.

Over the 3 weeks we will help support this process based learning experience to develop creative options, using simple techniques to emerge with a stitched textile work… A Painting in Stitches.

Cindy and Elissa are homeschooling mums with a love of fibre arts and a passion for the handmade. They are inspired by freeform stitching and experimentation and want to share and encourage an enjoyment of the simple act of making.

Participants will need to be able to thread their own needle and do some basic stitches.

Kits will be provided. Parents are welcome to participate but will need to book in to join the class.

Cost: $48 for HEA members; $52 for non-members

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am. 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. This term we also have a program on offer for children working at High School level. Keep reading and scroll down to find details.

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.

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

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:

Booking form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdu-q6hNLqTKdU6HHURx7ittYdnW5hX98KxAUqq9yGAs6Lk5Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Living Learning: Mathematics through Art

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Join Julie and Rachel for a hands on exploration of mathematics and art. We will examine 3-D and 2-D shapes, explore pattern and repetition as well as investigate the power of line. We will also look at and discuss some artworks that contain mathematical concepts.

Participants will build 3-D objects, draw using rulers and compasses, and have loads of fun working individually or with friends to create art with mathematical themes.

Some children may need support from a parent as there will be a variety of work stations set up around the room. There will also be some fine motor skills required in the creation of both the 3-D and 2-D shapes.  Each workstation will provide activities that your family might be inspired to continue playing with at home.

Cost: $16 for HEA members; $18 for non-members

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am. 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. This term we also have a program on offer for children working at High School level. Keep reading and scroll down to find details.

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.

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

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:

Booking form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdu-q6hNLqTKdU6HHURx7ittYdnW5hX98KxAUqq9yGAs6Lk5Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Living Learning: Israeli Folk Dancing

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Join Yudith for two weeks of Israeli Folk Dancing. We will learn a song or two, and then sing and dance together.

Cost: $4 for HEA members; $6 for non-members

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am. 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. This term we also have a program on offer for children working at High School level. Keep reading and scroll down to find details.

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.

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

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:

Booking form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdu-q6hNLqTKdU6HHURx7ittYdnW5hX98KxAUqq9yGAs6Lk5Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

Living Learning: Music

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Come along for some music with Meredith. We will explore some musical theory that will help us to understand how to read and write music. In this exploration we will look at rhythm, how music is written on the staff, and some of the strange words and symbols used in written music. We will play games and use our voices and bodies to help us learn.

Participants will benefit most if they have basic reading skills, such as an understanding of symbols representing sound; be able to write/draw some simple shapes; and be able to follow instructions for a game.

Meredith is a homeschooling mum and piano teacher. She has been teaching music to people of all ages (especially children) for about 14 years and loves finding creative and fun ways of approaching music education.

Cost: $34 for HEA members; $36 non-members.

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am. 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. This term we also have a program on offer for children working at High School level. Keep reading and scroll down to find details.

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.

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

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:

Booking form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdu-q6hNLqTKdU6HHURx7ittYdnW5hX98KxAUqq9yGAs6Lk5Q/viewform?usp=sf_link