home learning

Home education projects

I’ve been doing lots of reading about natural learning and unschooling to understand more how children learn. We are eclectic homeschoolers so we do a little of everything some Waldorf, some sit down learning. Sometimes I use curriculums for guidance but largely we are life learners.

I’ve started writing down all the areas we’ve covered over a week and this enables me to really see how much we accomplish which I find great for those moments of doubt that we ‘aren’t doing enough’ (which every home educator has!)

I’ve found in some areas our children are way ahead of where they would be in school and others not so much but I remind myself that children in schools are also at many different levels but forced to learn as their peers so learning at home enables us to let them learn when they are ready.

Recently the children and I built a climbing frame out of materials we found around the property, some nails and a hammer.

We are planning to start some seeds in the spring to climb up the frame so it can double as a little shaded cubby.

Slowly we’ve all been landscaping the children’s area off the deck and it’s really become a wonderful family project that isn’t costing us anything!

Home education has been a wonderful extension of our natural and attachment parenting values.

We do it alone without family support due to living in separate states and At times it’s been a huge challenge we’ve felt stressed and exhausted from never having a break from our kids but we have pushed through and grown as parents and people.

We are lucky to have a wonderful diverse community of fellow home educators and we live in a state and area where it’s widely accepted so this has been a huge blessing for us.

At the end of the day we feel blessed to be able to spend this valuable tome with our young children and it truly is a core part of our homesteading lifestyle choice.

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Winters End

I thought I was due another post seeing as its almost been a season. The truth is I’m finding it hard to find time for the blog these days with a newborn, homeschooling a six year old and three year old, running my Etsy store not to mention all the other homestead chores starting up so I will likely do a seasonal update and occasionally throw a recipe up here.

I am most active these days on Instagram where I post almost daily you can follow us @huntergathererforager you don’t need a account to see the posts online but you do to comment. We also have a facebook page where I occasionally share instagram posts.

We are feeling more settled in our new home up in the hills of the Huon Valley. This time around we are taking things slow watching the land and resisting the urge to get lots of animals.

We were going to get some lovely Ryeland sheep from another homeschooling family but decided after our new baby girl Ember was born that we needed to hold off. It was a good thing too as the paddocks got VERY boggy after a big rain so it’s enforced the plan to get to know the land.

Embers birth went very well. She was born at home after a quick labour and our birth team arrived just in time to help her arrive safely. Banjo and Nyah had been emergency cesareans so this birth was very very special for us. She’s a beautiful happy baby and at 10weeks old is smiling and cooing. It’s been a big adjustment going to three children but we are all very happy.

We have a netted orchard here that Dane has been preparing it’s essential as there’s quite a few mobs of possums here. The bloody bastards ate my lavender and have nightly parties on the deck so everything will need to be planted in the orchard. Lucky it’s very big and we have plans to build a floppy fence around a small paddock for pumpkins.

This spring and summer will be dedicated to growing as much food as we can. Dane has enrolled in his Agriculture Diploma and is hoping to get a good job locally so we can stay in this rental until we can buy our own land. If he can’t then we will consider moving to North West Tasmania where there is more variety in Agriculture work but ideally we want to stay here where we have established a supportive like minded community.

Today he’s off to collect his self chosen fathers day present. Dane and I have a tradition where we buy ourselves gifts for special days and he has chosen some long awaited Guinea fowl.

He has wanted Guinea’s since we started this journey but everyone has advised against them. He doesn’t tend to listen to others opinions so was excited to see 4 become available.

The plan is to keep them in a coop a few weeks and then let one out at a time per day so they don’t roam too far. We are hoping they keep snakes down and don’t shit in the water tank!

That’s all for now I will update again in a few weeks hopefully!

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Sitting backย 

This week I’ve been sitting back and watching the children learn. It’s hard to sit back and trust they are learning but I’m so glad I did as I’ve noticed things I might not have had I not been paying attention. 

Little Liss HGF has been sounding letters and can connect three letter words now. This is something she’d struggled with and was often frustrated by so I hadn’t pushed it but she’s been asking to practice and it was great to see it click for her.  

There’s been lots of different learning this week which I’ll share below for our records. I don’t take photos of everything but I’m trying to have a good record for inspection time when we register. 

Her playdough and modelling work has really started to take form. We’ve been using lots of different types of modelling materials, poluclay, red clay, playdough, and a corn flour/conditioner experiment 

Collecting rose hips for a natural dye experiment on handspun yarn

She has a natural interest in sewing so has been practicing by sewing rose petals for fairy blankets eventually she wants to make clothes for her dolls. 

We’ve also been getting out in the garden whenever the weather is good and choosing produce for dinner. 

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Homestead and Homeschool

Its a quiet drizzly day so we are catching up on house work and enjoying Danes birthday. Miss N and I made a snickers cake which has become a tradition now in its 4th year. Last year was definitely the best cake with 5 layers of cake nougat filling, salted caramel and chocolate ganache and shaped like a giant snickers. Every year I use a different recipe and the cake this year couldn’t compete with last years. We are low on eggs due to moulting so three were used instead of 6 and I used peanut butter filling instead of nougat so I think I will stick with last years recipe from now on.

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We have started our homeschool preschool program and so far it’s going well. The next two years will be a trial for us all to see if we can manage homeschooling and homesteading. At the moment we have been focusing on crafts and we always have many discussions and do lots of natural learning. Aldi had some great books last time we were there and every day Miss N asks to do some ‘school work’. We don’t push her and I love that she gets so much enjoyment from learning.

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Now I’m giving more attention to craft and preschool activities I’m finding less time to blog and write but you can also keep up to date with us via instagram HunterGathererforager or the Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/Hunter-Gatherer-416223725239665/

The Saurkraut I talked about making in my last post is coming along nicely however the family are less than impressed with the smell!! Fortunately I’m making a batch big enough for for our years supply and I will have time before our cabbage grow to think of a new fermenting system if we are to make it for the markets.

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We are harvesting lots of delicious produce at the moment and I have squash coming out of my ears. I make have been a bit over enthusiastic when planting all my squash seeds and while I love seeing all the different varieties the variation in taste isn’t too great. Then again I do enjoy the challange of finding new things to do with a squash and my recipe repertoire is certainly increasing.

Now our housework is complete and the rain has eased we will head out into the garden to harvest some rhubarb for freezing then come back in to enjoy a birthday feast and snuggle up together as a family away from the cool weather.

Until next post keep Hunting gathering and foraging!