Back to school…

Next week I am due to start high school and I am so excited. I cannot wait to see my friends. I am going into year seven at a new school and I am not even worried. I am also hoping to get into the Inspire program in which I will receive extra work and hopefully learn many new things. I cannot wait to start, it is full of new opportunities and I am looking forward to making the most of everything I am offered. I am looking forward to a new teacher and new classes and a new environment. I am so excited about high school and cannot wait to work hard and strive.

I really enjoyed homeschooling last year and I think that it helped me with my confidence and overall I think that I have really matured in this last 12 months. I think that I learnt a lot and I am more confident in my work, now that I could completely focus on it.

The thing I enjoyed about homeschooling was that my curriculum was tailored to what I need to learn so I wasn’t  learning something I already knew. I really liked that my mum and dad were there to support me in my study and encourage me when I was struggling. I am so lucky that I could homeschool and I would happily repeat last over again but I look forward to meeting my new teachers and getting lots of assignments.

I missed being at real school sometimes but I knew that homeschooling would definitely help me in my study. I really enjoyed the quiet and the fact that I finished school a little earlier therefore I had more time for reading and exploring. I missed the friends I had made and it was not easy to make homeschool friends.

I would definitely homeschool again but I know that going back to mainstream is better for me this year, because I need to know how to work in groups so that I can have a good job. This year is very important to me and I am going to work hard and learn so many things that will help me one day. Even though I cant homeschool anymore does not mean that I do not recommend it because I would. Overall even though I really enjoyed last year I am really looking forward to a new year, new school and a new experience.

Thanks for reading everyone!

 

 

 

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Update – December!

Well, here we are, end of the year. We survived our year of homeschooling and it’s decision time again. Where do we go from here?

DeeJay has grown into a strong, confident girl and seeing that side of her bloom this year has absolutely confirmed for me that this was the right choice for my daughter. It has been a somewhat tumultuous year for our family and even in the midst of all of those changes, she has become stronger and more confident.

Her relationships with the people who love her and her bond with her brother continues to grow and while I know that probably has nothing to do with homeschooling, the freedom in our schedule has certainly made those opportunities more available to us. She has really enjoyed spending time with her grandparents and I am in awe of her ability to put her own wants and needs aside to help care for them. Even the bits that just suck, she is right there and willing to jump in and help, which shows a maturity far beyond her young age.

 
Knowing what I know now, every bit of me believes that homeschooling is the best option for this little girl, though I know that making that choice comes with other sacrifices. I guess we have the entire holidays to make that choice – with her input of course! No matter what happens from here, I think it’s important to finish up this year, with acknowledging the accomplishments of this kiddo.

She gave up the position of Deputy Head Girl at her previous school, to take a risk in what could be a better choice for her education – and I know how brave that was. She is far braver than I ever knew, and I am so so very proud of her. I am so thankful for the chance to spend so much time with her over the last year. Seeing her personality change and her confidence grow has made a huge impact on me. It was really nice to not drop my little girl off at school and leave feeling sick, worried about what would be waiting at the end of the day. I know that bullying happens everywhere, and that there are plenty of kids who receive far worse treatment than DeeJay did, but knowing how cruel some kids can be at such a young age really worried me. I could see my little girl becoming uncertain and withdrawn, and whilst she did a great job at hiding those feelings from the people she was at school with – I saw it and it scared me. I am thankful to have my happy girl back.

No matter what the new year brings, I hope she can continue to build on the confidence and skills she has acquired this year. Trust me, these kids of mine – they are capable of great things. I am proud to be their mama, and I cant wait to see what the future brings for all of us.

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Spaghetti Bolognaise

I have loved learning to cook and Spaghetti Bolognaise is a recipe I can make on my own. Mum hangs around to watch me with the cutting in case I hurt myself, but apart from that I make the spaghetti sauce on my own. There are so many different recipes for this recipe, so I thought I would share mine too!

Ingredients –

1kg Mince (4 star)

1 tsp minced garlic

2 onions, chopped

2 zucchini, grated

2 carrot, grated

1 can condensed tomato soup

3 cans crushed tomatoes

 

Step 1 – Preheat a non stick frypan on a medium high heat.

Step 2 – Once pan is preheated, brown the mince, onions and garlic.

Step 3 – Add soup, crushed tomatoes and vegetable to a large pot and set on a low simmer.

Step 4 – Transfer the meat and onion mix into the pot and allow to simmer on a low heat for 30 mins

 

I love the way this sauce turns out and we use it for lasagne and pasta bake as well!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Update – November

November. I am constantly amazed at how much of the knowledge DeeJay is learning is woven into our daily lives – even in some fun little ways that always surprise me.

We went to an outdoor markets last week and there was a gentleman there flying an assortment of kites. We were all watching, it was incredible the skill that the name had and there were times where the wind was so strong and there were so many kites in the air that he was struggling to stay on the ground. Then, he added another kite to the collection – and it related directly back to the unit we have just begun for Geography.

The kites now flying in the air were the Koinobori or Carps, which are traditionally flown in Japan on Children’s Day. DeeJay took these pictures, while describing to her brother and cousins what the tradition means in Japan.

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I was surprised to hear how detailed her explanation was and I was so proud at how confident she seemed talking about it. I don’t think she even realised how much she knew, or that she was retelling it to all the kids. It was comforting to know that the knowledge is being retained!

Okonomiyaki!

We took another trip into the city and went to the Western Australia State Library and I love it so much there! I love to read and finding a library that huge is the coolest place ever, I could live in there.

After spending the day in the library we went past the Hawker’s Market in the city and found the Japanese stand. We have been doing a skwirk unit on Japan and mum said it would be fun to try a traditional Japanese food. We had Okonomiyaki which is like a giant pancake with cabbage and a special sauce. There is a picture below that I found online and we looked up the recipe on the train.

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Okonomiyaki translates as okonomi which means ‘what you want’ and yaki which means grilled. Mum said we can find a recipe and try to cook it at home too!

Thanks for reading.

Photo courtesy of http://www.washokulovers.com 🙂

MOVIE REVIEW – Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Never Beast

 

Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast is a beautiful exciting movie and a fantastic addition to the Tinkerbell series. I would completely recommend this movie for families to watch, not just for little kids.

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The movie was sad in some places because the characters were afraid of the beast and thought he was a monster. They thought that they had to send him away after reading a legend that made it seem that Pixie Hollow would be unsafe if he was to stay.

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Towards the end the movie was quite emotional and we all had a cry, but the movie has a beautiful ending. I think that all kids movies should have a message and this one did, the message was ‘don’t believe everything you read’.

I wont spoil the ending for anyone, but I recommend it, because I hope everyone will love it as much as I did.

Book Review – The Mortal Instruments

The Mortal Instruments is a fictional series written by Cassandra Clare, set in New York in present times, which has recently been made into a movie.

The books are a young adult fantasy genre and there are six books in this series;

*City of Bones

*City of Ashes

*City of Glass

*City of Fallen Angels

*City of Lost Souls

*City of Heavenly Fire

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The storyline has some supernatural elements, such as vampires, werewolves, angels and demons and is based around the main character, Clary Fray. Clary lives with her mum and although she is raised as a regular teenager, she soon finds out that she is part angel. This leads her into many adventures with her best friend Simon and her new part-angel friends, who she meets in a club called panDEMONium.

 Here is an image I found online with the main characters –

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I recommend this series for people in their early teens and would rate this series a 9 out of 10. I really enjoyed the theme and was so caught up in these books. As it was a new series I had to wait a few months for the final book to come out, which was totally worth the wait.

Thanks for reading.