Welcome to my website and thank you for dropping by.
My husband Andrew and I home educate our two boys and simply love the process. Don't get me wrong, it is not always a bed of roses, but by the end of the day, happiness reigns and it's hugs and kisses at bed time!
This is who we are:
My name is Carolyn and I'm a home educating mum of two boys. Our children were not always educated at home, however when the time came to do so, we grabbed the opportunity and haven't looked back since. I greatly enjoy preparing lessons for the boys and I get a real buzz watching them learn and mature into intelligent, gorgeous and independent young men.
My husband Andrew is the boys' hero. He has always been part of their education process, supporting their needs, encouraging them on their journey and leading them towards a bright future. Andrew is also my rock, my shoulder to cry on, my walking buddy, my constant comedian and my lifelong friend.
This photo, taken over a few seconds in Maldon while making our fire pit, sums up our boys very well. We only have the two, but they don't stop moving!!!!
Our story started before Andrew and I were married when we met at university while studying our science degrees. Of course, like many people, we had to work for a number of years, during which our two boys were born. The children were enrolled into school, so that we could keep working to save for our big adventure around Australia, our goal since we first met.
When the opportunity arose to travel, we took our children out of school, sold our house and off we went.
We took two months to recoup, accustom ourselves to living together in a caravan and to just have fun with the freedom of being on the road. When it came time for the kids to start back with learning, we decided that they would follow the Australian Curriculum regime and that we would purchase their educational supplies from resources centers. However, after much searching, we were extremely disappointed in the lack of resources available that were suitable and well priced. Don't get me wrong, there are many products available that are very good, but they are also very expensive, so I chose to write their curriculum for them, using the Australian Curriculum as a guide.
Well, what an eye-opener the Australian Curriculum website is! I clicked from one subject to the next in each year level, examining all content descriptions and associated elaborations, general capabilities, cross-curriculum priorities and links to other subjects. I scrutinized the achievement standards for each subject in each year level and reviewed samples of work that children had completed. I also researched the NSW syllabus to compare the requirements between it and the Australian Curriculum, only to be surprised at their similarities, only with different formatting! I sat with my hands in my lap, my head spinning at the enormity of the task that lay ahead of me, took a deep breath and just started to write.