Saturday, January 24, 2015

Not Back To School Blog Hop

It's back to school time!!

Well actually, for us home edders, it's Not Back To School Time.

If you've been a reader of my blog for a while you may remember that I ran some Not Back To School Blog Hop posts a couple of years ago.

Anyhow, I've really missed sharing them and seeing what all of my other fellow Aussie home educators are planning for their year ahead so it's happening again this year! No matter your style of home education, you can absolutely participate in this one.

So how does it work you ask?

Firstly,  Grab the button code: copy the coding below and place it on your blog side bar and/or in your NBTSD posts.This will link back to the blog hop list so everyone can see who is joining in and easily stop by to visit your posts.

Our Worldwide Classroom

Then, Plan your posts: the hop will run over four weeks with a different theme to post about each week. The theme's are as follow.

Week 1 January 31st  -  Your Students. Introduce your kiddo's to us.

Week 2 February 7th  -  Your Curriculum. Your plans for the year, resources you will use etc.

Week 3 February 14th  -  A Day In Your Life. These posts are so much fun to read. Be a fly on the wall in someone's homeschool day. Find out what it's really like for them.

Week 4 February 21st  -  Your Learning Spaces. No matter where it is, kitchen table, living room floor or full blown school room.

Each week at the end of my themed post there will be a "linky" for you to add your post to. If you've never used a linky they are pretty self explanatory, but please feel free to ask if you'd like some guidance

Seeing the fabulous American based NBTS Blog hop for the first time a few years back, inspired me to do one for those of us that school to the calendar year. If you want to be fully immersed in some great home school fly on the wall type posts then be sure to visit the original NBTS Hop!

So let's have some fun, time to start spreading the word about the all Aussie Not Back To School Blog Hop. Grab the button and share it around!

Happy Homeschooling,

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Year ~ New Beginnings

New Ideas

New Books

New Art Projects

New Experiments

New Places To Visit

New Friends To See

But never forgetting the old, 
The old is equally as important as the new.

I hope you have had a wonderful introduction to the year. I am currently up to my eyeballs in book orders and lesson plans. It seems I've cut things a little fine this year and we might be starting our first week back with not everything in place.

You know, though these are the things I have become to truly love about home schooling. The fact that I get to decide when we start and what we will start with. We don't have to be concerned at all with arbitrary dates and school times, we can be and are totally flexible in how we do things.

So we will enjoy our first week back, when we start next week and I will have fun as all the new books start arriving in our mail box.

Have you started your home schooling year yet? Everything going well for you or are books still arriving in the mail like they are here?

Happy Homeschooling

Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Pearl Harbour Scrapbook

My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook is a wonderful collection of images, detailed information and a fabulous commemoration of such an important historical event in both the U.S and the World.

A Nostalgic Collection of Memories unravels the momentous event of one of America s greatest tragedies, the attack on Pearl Harbor from its early Japanese inception, through the attack and its devastating aftermath.

With the "look and feel" of a WWII period scrapbook, each two-page spread illuminates a specific aspect of the Pearl Harbor story with the use of hundreds of original photographs, maps, telegrams, newspaper articles, hand-typed notes and letters.

The use of captivating design elements engage the reader in what life was like at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii before, during and after December 7, 1941. Told in "bite-sized" pieces this history book is easy and fun to read for all audiences. Treasured collections from the 1940's of ephemera, pins, buttons, watches and medals illustrate each page and stirs the imagination. My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook, 1941: A Nostalgic Collection of Memories is an "adventure in learning" about the many essential details of the Pearl Harbor account.

Author Bio
Bess Taubman, author of My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook 1941, combines her unique talents as writer, designer and publisher creating dynamic, educational products about historical subjects. She has been writing about the Pearl Harbor story for over twenty years. Presenting the reader a unique way to learn about complex subjects, Ms. Taubman is helping to reshape the way historical information is introduced with colorful vivid story lines. This is her first book. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and daughter.

Ernest Arroyo is a former president of the Pearl Harbor History Associates. He is the author of Pearl Harbor, a photographic history of "a date which will live in infamy" as well as contributor to more than a dozen books on naval and maritime history, including East Wind Rain, an acclaimed account of the Pearl Harbor attack. He lives and writes in Stratford, Connecticut.

The pages truly appear as though you are flicking through someone's scrapbook album, it includes spreads from front page newspapers, details of Roosevelt's Infamy Speech, pages dedicated to both U.S and Japanese Leaders of War.

It also includes a detailed Timeline, many amazing images, including details of battleships and fighter planes. This is one war time book that will keep your children coming back. Each time they flick through the pages there is something new to find and read about. This is a wonderful addition to our bookshelves.

My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook 1941
A Nostalgic Collection of Memories
By Bess Taubman & Ernest Arroyo
Published by MapMania Publishing Co
Hardcover: 98 pages
January 14, 2014; $24.95 US/ $32.50 CAN; 9781883443078

For more information please visit, and follow the author on Facebook

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book to review. I have enjoyed sharing it with my children and I know it will help to round out our learning on WWII as we delve deeper into the topic in 2015.

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