Our Reasons for Home Education:

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Although he was achieving good results, he wasn't reaching his full potential because his love for learning had been destroyed & hence his grades were steadily declining.

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Completely failed by the system, he hated school, was always tired & homework time was a major frustration for both of us. He was severely frustrated & quickly heading to become yet another ADHD statistic.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Homeschool Freebies for Thanksgiving ( & Big Family Friday Link-Up!)

Some great freebies for you to check out.

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Homeschool Freebies for Thanksgiving ( & Big Family Friday Link-Up!)

Homeschool Freebies

You all know that I'm in the full-time homeschool freebie business. I love saving money for my own family, and helping other families afford the homeschool life, too!  I've created a massive list of all of the Homeschool Freebies for Thanksgiving that I've featured on Free Homeschool Deals this fall. If you're looking just about *anything* to round out your Thanksgiving studies – or looking to pull together a last minute study – then look no further. I've even included several freebies for mom!

Click here for Homeschool Freebies for Thanksgiving!

Also, I wanted to let you know that starting Monday 11/19/12 my friend Carrie (Homeschool Giveaways) and I are starting the Homeschool Giveaway link-up. You'll be able to link up all of your giveaways that are of interest to homeschool families. The best part is your giveaways will be featured on both sites, Homeschool Giveaways and Free Homeschool Deals!

Homeschool Giveaways

And now, finally, after my family's adventure in Hurricane Sandy, the Big Family Friday is back in action. Link-up your encouraging post below. Next week I'll pick several posts from this link-up to feature!

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Home, Sweet Home

We were having an awesome holiday and had been able to fit in a few field trips for the boys last week.

We took it easy on the weekend with just visits to the beach and relaxing at home. Unfortunately Daddy slipped and fell in a tidal pool on Sunday morning and hurt his foot so we took Monday off for him to rest and recover. I ended up having to take him for x-rays though because of the swelling and we found he’d broken his 4th metatarsal. They were able to supply him with a moon boot and crutches and by Tuesday he was ready to join us for a tour of the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

We were fortunate to have a private tour so Clive could hobble along slowly with his sore foot. We saw the inside of the stadium, one of the dressing rooms and received a brief overview various aspects of the building.

We also took a ride up to the top of the stadium in the SkyCar for a breathtaking 360º view of Durban from the SkyPlatform. From up there all the city landmarks are visible by day. I can just imagine what an awesome sight it would have been if it hadn’t been a cloudy day.

From the stadium we headed off to Durban for a visit to Mini Town.

I was pleasantly surprised at how clean, tidy and well maintained this attraction was for an establishment that was over 30 years old. It gives a good impression of some of Durban’s most interesting buildings.

With this visit complete, we headed back to our holiday home for Clive to go rest his broken foot.

On Wednesday we took a drive to Maydon Warf for a visit to the Sugar Terminal. Once again we were fortunate to have a private tour.

The tour guide gave us a short overview the process of sugar production as well as the purpose and functions of  SASA (South African Sugar Association). Then we saw a short video presentation where after the guide took us for a tour and overview of all the different aspects of the facilities.

Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take any photos inside the facility. 

From the Sugar Terminal we headed off to the Durban City hall that houses the Durban Natural Science Museum.

Although not as big and impressive as some of the other places we’ve visited, this museum houses a wide variety of stuffed insects, birds, fish and reptiles that echo evidence of their earthly existence. There are also various diorama exhibitions and plasma screens showing natural history scenery. Standing under a life size reconstruction of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, can make one feel very tiny.

After the museum visit it was once again time to head back to our holiday home, but this time to pack and get ready for the long road back to Johannesburg.

On Thursday morning we were up bright and early to head home.

However, we had just one more stop to make as we came trough Pietermaritzburg. We stopped at the Kwa-Zulu Natal Museum just before 9am.

Of all the museums we’ve visited thus far I found this one by far the most impressive.

After 2 hours browsing the museum hit the road for another 6 hours drive home. We arrived home around 4h30pm and with that reached the end of our holiday.

This afternoon the boys were back at Junior engineering and the last 3 weeks  of our schoolyear are in sight.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Happy Holiday

This has been quite an eventful week for us with loads of fun & learning activities. We decided to take a holiday away from home for 10 days to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We left Gauteng on Monday morning for our trip to Salt Lake, Ballito in Kwazulu Natal. We arrived at our destination around 3pm and settled in for some chillaxing time.

On Tuesday late morning, we headed off to the beach for a nice long stroll although it was miserable & cool. The boys enjoyed running around writing in the sand. After 2 hours on the beach we south out the nearest shopping centre for some groceries to get us through the week.

On Wednesday we headed off to Gateway Shopping Kingdom to visit the KZN Science Centre. The boys found it a bit disappointing because all the exhibits were familiar and many were still under construction. However, they did still manage to entertain themselves for an hour, after which we took a walk through the centre. We had lunch at the spur before heading to the movies to watch Hotel Transilvania. After the movies we stopped at the Wimpy for some pudding & then headed back home.

With the weather still miserable, we went to the Natal Sharks Board on Thursday where we got to see an informative 30 minute movie about sharks & thereafter we saw a hammer shark being dissected. 2012_1104_111116

Misha has a newfound interest in reading with the new “The Wonders of the Sea World 3D” book which he’s been reading in between activities. I’m happy to see that his interest in reading is growing steadily.

Yesterday we were happy to have some sunshine and headed off to uShaka Marine World for some serious fun in the sun mixed with a hint of learning. We arrived at 11h20, just in time for the Dolphin show. Then we had some lunch at the Spur where after we went to see the seal show. It’s amazing how fast time flies when roaming around exhibits. By the time we were through the exhibits in the Phantom Ship it was after 3pm, leaving us with 2 more hours to check out the Wet ‘n Wild. Since it hadn’t been all that hot all day, the water in the rides were quite cold, but we had fun nevertheless.

Today we slept late, lazed around and then went for another stroll along the beach. Tomorrow we continue to chillax and Next week we have some more fun & learning scheduled before heading home on Thursday morning.