Over the last few months I have seen the benefits of allowing seasons of life to direct the type of learning that goes on in our family.  This week I wrote in my newsletter….

Seasons come and go, they bring with them unique opportunities and if we dont grab the opportunity now, we cannot replicate it during the next season. We cannot go to the beach in the winter! The beach is for summer, warm fires is for winter.

Term 2 for us is a season of team sports; on Saturday mornings the boys play cricket and the girls netball.  One the on hand it is a busy time and I really don’t like being out of my house on a Saturday morning but on the other hand it has its benefits – the kids play at the same spot so from one vantage point I can check out everyone’s game plus it is a great time to catch up with other mums, especially non-homeschooling mums who we don’t see that often.  But the season is over and it is now time to move onto something else.

The last few weeks have also been a season for creative projects as we prepare for our Agricultural Show   One week to go for everyone to finish their projects.

Then we move onto other seasons. 
* The kids are all involved in Get Some Fun a once a year kids club run during the school holidays as an Outreach programme
* Camping
* Writing your own book – the library runs a competition every year which our children have always participated in.
* a week’s break – we will just relax and enjoy our own projects for a week!  Everyone else will be in "school" routine so we should have a lovely week at home!
* a prep week – during this week I prepare for the next study block/season and the older kids will help keep the younger kids occupied as well as do a little independent study.
* Then we are ready for our next season – a study block before the Mango Season hits us!

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