Big School Scavenger Hunt

By all accounts it’s been a pretty unusual year. One of my family’s biggest challenges has been our son’s preschool – or lack thereof. Between moving house twice, a pandemic and just a lack of options here in the mountains he’s only had a few months of preschool all up. Despite this, and after a lot of agonising and going back and forth we’ve decided to work towards starting him in Kindergarten next year.

Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives in Homeschooling

Today is Sorry Day and I would like to extend my apologies to all Aboriginal people past, present and future from where I live on Darug and Gundungurra land.

One thing I’ve enjoyed about homeschooling over the last few months is the freedom to embed different cultural perspectives into our curriculum, particularly Indigenous voices. Each week I’ve tried to include at least one lesson to specifically do so. Here are some examples of what we’ve done.

(Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware this post does contain one image of someone who has died.)

Coming to the end of 50 Days of Bluey

Since the announcement that in NSW kids are being forced back into the classroom full-time I’ve been feeling a bit emotional. I won’t get into the politics of it all. Mostly I just feel a bit sad we’re coming to the end of our homeschooling journey, and thus, the #50daysofbluey project.

We’re opting to keep our seven year old home for one more week to get a better idea of whether infection rates will go back up and her teacher has already provided all the at-home materials for another week of distance education.

I haven’t quite hit the 50 episodes mark yet, so I may still have a few episodes up my sleeve that I might do with just my four year old, or a weekend here or there (or, you know, the possible second wave…)

But this is the last week I’m going to put out formally and in that spirit I let my seven year old choose all of the episodes for this week.

On another personal note, our family was also evicted from our home this week. We’ve been here less than a year and we absolutely love our house and garden so we’re pretty devastated. So while we scramble for a new place to live I won’t have time to put out activity guides and extras on a regular basis.

It’s been nice to reinvigorate this blog, as well as reinvigorate my love for play-based learning and creative projects with my kiddos. Hopefully the creativity will continue once we move beyond quarantine!

Week 8 – Plus MORE Activity Guides!

The second season of Bluey has been filled with so many gorgeous, funny, and heart-warming episodes like Sleepytime, Hammerbarn, The Show, Rug Island, Escape… I could go on and on. For this reason, and partly because iView simply hasn’t been airing as many “older” Bluey episodes, they’ve been less present in this project.

So this week I thought we’d cover some Season 1 classics:

I’ve also put together the next set of 10 activity guides.

Week 6 of 50 Days of Bluey

In the lead-up to Mother’s Day I decided to feature episodes this week that celebrate mums – whether it’s pretend-playing as a mum or highlighting everyone favourite cartoon dog mum Chilli.

I’ve also started cutting down the number of episodes from 5 to 4. I’m finding that by Fridays my kids are pretty tapped out and need a bit of a break so we’re really only doing 4 episodes a week. Also, my daughter’s school has ramped up the amount of work they’re sending home this term so we’re navigating a new balance.

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And away we go….

Week 5 of 50 Days of Bluey

Well, here we are again. A few people have wondered why I’m spending time of this when the world is in such a state of anxiety. But I’m the type of person that needs a project to throw myself into to keep from spiralling.

It’s a good distraction from the 24/7 newsfeed and I think the structure that’s flexible but with enough of a routine makes it easier for both me and my kids to feel like things are relatively normal.

I’m not planning to send my kids back to school one day a week, but I respect that’s a personal decision. So I’ll be here churning out activity ideas for a while (at least 50 days, right?)

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And without further adieu, here are this week’s episodes:

Week 4 of 50 Days of Bluey

I hope everyone enjoyed a little bit of a break over Easter. For many of us, of course, it was just same same. But I found myself missing the routine of homeschooling. There’s so many memes going around about setting up distance learning schedules or ignoring it all to just play and I just want to put my two cents in and say: DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!

If you need routine, create a routine. If trying to keep on top of work assigned by school stresses you out, ignore the work from school. Most experts are unconcerned about what kids might be “missing out” on and are instead encouraging us to focus on the positives of staying in. That’s why #50daysofbluey is designed to be flexible.

Don’t like art and craft? Skip it! Don’t have a lot of books at home? Find resources on YouTube. Only have time in the day for a lunchtime walk around the neighbourhood. That’s fine – use that time to chat, ask questions about the world, observe things you’ve never noticed before, tell stories.

Got a bit more time? We’ve got lots of ideas this week and you can JOIN US ON FACEBOOK!

Happy Easter!

Just wanted to write a quick post wishing everyone a happy Easter long weekend. I’m not posting new Bluey activities this week, but will post again on Sunday 19 April.

In the mean time I thought I’d post some Easter activities I’ve done with my kids in years past. What are you making this year?

This week Luella and I painted these wood slices and some stones and decorated them with Easter messages. We’re going to leave them around the neighbourhood for people to find. (As was part of our Neighbours day)

Week 3 of 50 Days of Bluey

How’s everyone going in quarantine land? Pulling your hair out? Enjoying the family time? A little of both? I hear ya.

Having this project to work on has definitely helped keep me sane and I’ve also enjoyed meeting a new community of parents who are also doing the #50daysofbluey challenge. JOIN US ON FACEBOOK!

I had a lot of fun putting together these activity lists for this week and I hope you enjoy doing them 🙂