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Melissa in Australia

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  1. When I first started home schooling, many years ago I started with a grade 5, 3 and prep students. We did history together, starting with ancients, using SOTW. It was everyone's favourite subject. Everyone was at their own level for all other subjects.
  2. thank you Rachel, that is so sweet of you . I try to get things that I can either source in Australia OR I email the company and beg for them to make a PDF available for international uses. Sometimes they have one and sometimes I look for an alternate curriculum
  3. The families I am referring to have already disengaged by middleschool. They are already begenning their journey to becoming dysfunctional adults.
  4. Apparently having sex is a right of an adult I think having children is too easy. Often the people who have their children removed because of neglect didn't plan on having children. The children are just the result of their not bothering to prevent them from being conceived in the first place.
  5. There is no solution Some people should not have children. But eugenics is not the solution either.
  6. In the past Australia tried to fix this as well. There were children living in very poor conditions, they were removed from their families and placed with famines that were better off, of course most of the children were indigenous, and we ended up with what is now called the stolen generation. A whole generation of people who were removed by do-gooders
  7. Australia tries this, people are given everything, housing, training, support, free daycare, money to live on, free methadone drugs, free medical. And you know what the result is, a circle of children growing up that then have children and they then need all the external support To keep their own children There is no easy answer or any solution
  8. a church group should not be the organisation responsible. Their track record is APPALLING
  9. It is a very complex issue. there are many angles to look at, and no clear answer. It seems that whatever solution is tried doesn't really work it is felt here in Australia that a child is best left with their parent and lots of support is thrown at the parent to try and help them get their act together. this includes parenting programs, free daycare for the child, putting parents on free methadone if it is felt needed, providing subsidized housing, support services etc. certainly the outcome of a child in foster care is often very grim, and there is never ever a success story of a chil
  10. try shipping from overseas. a friend and I did a combined order from rainbow resources. the shipping to Australia was over $200 au I was going to buy some math manipulative that would have been great for assisting twins . the shipping on a $100us item was going to be $150 us. pushed it way out of our budget
  11. all of a sudden is commonly used here in Australia like in All of a sudden there was a crash. I just asked my Canadian DH, Yep, He uses All of a sudden all the time to and according to him it is very common in Canada. his example... I was walking on the track and all of a sudden a branch fell.
  12. 😲 looks terrible glad you are all alright
  13. for high school I did different things for different kids I did some of Spievogel Western Civilization. I really liked this - I was more enthusiastic about this than my children I have to say I tried SWB history of the world books, but they didn't work for us the main thing I did was make a reading list of The Great Books - 8 books a year I think that tied into both the history year that we were up to and their interests sort of. So Oldest DS did science or math great books etc. By year 10ish, we changed over to either Open University units or TAFE courses
  14. not data, but I had bronchitis every year from age 3 to 13. I have scared lungs from it I had Ross River Virus - resulted in long term wrist and foot pain similar to arthritis My Brother had Glandular Fever ( I believe what you call Mono or something ) when he was 13 - resulted in Chronic Fatigue that lasted 15 years
  15. The first time I saw it I thought action movie dramatic affects have nothing on the real thing.
  16. started growing my spring veggie seedlings form seed in the greenhouse to plant out next month
  17. So so awful It was reported on the news here that aid planes are arriving, so I am guessing the airport is still useable
  18. I would just makes some. Workplaces here in Vic are using homemade. edited to add. Workplaces here have to provide the masks. some workplaces provide those blue surgical masks that you can buy at $2 shops, others are providing homemade masks.
  19. but very likely for most of Melbourne as they have already been on stage 3 lock downs, so unable to leave their place really much anyway. I bet there were a LOT of people sunbathing in their back yard in the middle of the day today.
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