Welcome to our world of 4 boys, Autism, Homeschooling and life in general.

Hi I'm Angie, busy Homeschooling Mum of 4 young boys aged between 4 and 11 yrs.

Bailey (11) is a huge car enthusiast, particularly classic cars, VW 'Herbie' beetles and VW Combi vans. Bailey lives with Autism (ASD) and Epilepsy but does very well coping with everyday life these days since we made the change to homeschooling back in 2010.

Dane (8) enjoys playing guitar, building Lego masterpieces and all things superhero! Dane also lives with a form of Autism (Aspergers) and a Language developmental delay (Apraxia of speech).

Ehren (5) is our gentle 'giant' and is a keen student in our Homeschool classroom. He enjoys both physical and mental pursuits and has a clear interest in currency!

Fraser (aged 4) is our little pocket rocket. He's a confident, head-strong little boy who never stops talking, singing or dancing!

Follow us on our journey as we learn about the world around us in our own unique way!

Monday, October 31, 2011


The boys have had a great time learning about all the things that live under the sea this month. The Ocean Life book I bought from Coles has been a real godsend as it has given us lots to read about as well as maths and english based activities. I find the boys are so much more willing to do some schoolwork when it's fun and centred around our monthly topic.

We finished off the month with some super cool art activities so I thought I'd share them with you all.

We bought some plain white paper plates in 2 sizes, some brightly coloured paper patty pan cases in 2 sizes and pulled out our scissors, stapler, sticky tape, paint, glitter and some party string. I found these 2 activities can be done with children of all ages. Ehren (2) did some of the painting and glitterwork, Dane (5) did most of his artwork alone just with some help with the stapler and sticky tape. Bailey (8) was able to to do all the work himself.


Take a large paper plate. Cut from the edge towards the centre and stop in the middle. Holding the plate upside down pull the edge around until you get a cone-like shape with the plate and secure with 2 staples. Next the child can paint their jellyfish in a nice bright colour and finish by sprinkling some glitter over the top of the paint whilst still wet (glitter optional). Leave to dry. When dry tie a little piece of party string through the centre to hang the jellyfish from. Then cut several pieces of long party string and use sticky tape to secure under the jellyfish. Hang your jellyfish somewhere impressive where the glitter can catch the light.


Take a small paper plate. You or the child can cut a little semi circle from one edge for the fish mouth. Get the child to paint their paper plate in a bright colour, sprinkle with glitter and leave to dry. Once dry take a small patty pan case and fold in half. Glue this to the fish in the middle as the fin. Take 3 large patty pan cases in different colour and fold them in half with each colour showing a little. Staple this to the tail and fan out. Paint a black eye on the fish and then it is ready to display.

My boys loved doing these. We spent the afternoon out on the veranda where they could make as much mess as they liked, as the glitter can get things a little messy.

We finished off by cutting some starfish out of some remaining paper plates and painted them to stick on our light with our jellyfish. They were very simple and could be done using even the back of a cereal box!

This month we are doing our theme as 'Around the world in 30 days'. Watch out for the blog soon!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Never a dull moment

To say life with my boys is busy would be a total understatement. I often find myself in the midst of several things at once, some of which probably never fully get completed, but would you expect anything different with 4 active young boys aged 8 and under in the house? Some days can really feel like groundhog day, stuck under a sea of washing up, mountain of laundry and never ending dirty nappies. For the most part though our days are great, filled with smiles and laughter with my boys proving just how clever and amazing they really are.

This week has started with a bang. Over the last few days I've had so much happen I can barely keep up. My boys are changing, evolving, learning at alarming rates, keeping me guessing what next surprise is lurking around the corner! It's been a magical time in our home, one I doubt I'll ever forget. Nevertheless I thought it's best to blog about it so when I am having one of those groundhog days I can look back and get the inspiration to keep on keeping on!

This week we've officially started Toilet training (TT) with Ehren. Ehren is 2 years/5 mths old and although I'm ever mindful kids do things in their own time I've also been vaguely aware that this is the exact age Bailey and Dane conquered their TT. Well yesterday we had success! He used the potty of his own accord, exactly when he needed it. He's also gone again today so I think we're well and truly on the road. I know it's not complete yet but at least I have relief knowing very soon I'll have only one in nappies. Ehren is also talking up a storm these days. He can have a proper conversation with us now. It's such a relief knowing he probably won't need speech therapy as both Bailey and Dane did.

Yesterday was also a day of success for Dane. He was doing a colour by numbers page and was able to identify the words black and orange. Today he was able to read the word Mum, yellow and red. Seems all the phonics work he's been working hard on is starting to show results! I'm such a proud Mummy. The funniest part though was last night he said "Mummy I didn't read those words, I just remembered the sounds". I said "Dane, that's what reading is!"

Bailey lost another tooth last night. He's looking more like a big boy with every tooth he loses. He's a little concerned that the new one isn't there to fill the gap (most of his teeth had the other halfway down by the time they came out). I reminded him that teeth grow very quick and it will be in before he knows it. He's also going very well with his homeschooling lately. I gave him a Maths test yesterday out of an actual textbook he'd be using if he were in standard school. He aced it with a perfect score.

Our baby Fraser is 14 months old now. He's just started walking around the house and although he's a little unsteady on his feet he'll be chasing after his brothers in no time. He's coming out with new words all the time, yesterday's new word was banana! They truly do grow up too quick!

So there it is, our magical day. Seems all my boys were wanting to outdo the other! I'm equally as proud and in love with all 4 of them. It's really beautiful having a big boy, a preschooler, a toddler and baby in the house. As busy as I always am I wouldn't change it for the world :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Totally blasted - Fire Safety talk day!

Last week my boys were lucky enough to join their Homeschooling group for a Fire Safety talk with some local firemen. I thought the boys would find it quite interesting and get a nice look at the truck but it turns out that it was a much more in depth look than we originally thought.

The firemen gave a talk firstly about fire safety procedures in the home. It was an interactive session with many delightful questions from our kids and lots of answers to the fireman's questions. They discussed the importance of smoke detectors, procedures to take if a fire occurs in the home and reinforced the importance of fires not being lit in bushlands and public places. Then they took the kids over to the fire truck for some demonstrations.

The children got to look at some of the tools and machinery they keep on board the truck. My boys have always had a liking for the jaws of life and were absolutely delighted when they got to see it working along with the cutting implements used primarily in car accidents. The firemen donned the full fire-fighting equipment explaining how they use the oxygen tank to breathe when in the midst of a fire.

Then for the part the children had really hoped for. They all got a turn using the fire hose, with the help of a fire-man of course. They were so surprised at the force of the water and there was even a bit of mucking around from the firemen trying to wet the Mums!

They finished up with a little more of a talk, then the children were all given special activity packs. After about an hour of fun and learning it was time for the firemen to leave, but not before giving us some sirens on their way off! What a blast the kids all had. Even us Mums didn't mind standing around chatting to half a dozen firemen. Funny that ;)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Those who know me well know that I keep my boys fairly well disciplined most the time. I like to keep their bedtimes the same just about every night. They are not allowed to leave the inside of the house without shoes on nor are they are allowed to play in the front yard. Our front door (or veranda gate) is always locked and they are not to play with Mummy and Daddy's phones, laptops or go venturing into Daddy's office.

Sounds a bit harsh? Perhaps. Mind you the rewards certainly pay off when we have all 4 boys sleeping straight through the night and a happy home where rules aren't made up on the spot. The boys have boundaries and always know what to expect from us. They have learnt to respect valuable belongings and to treat each other with love and compassion. Sure they have their odd arguments at times for the most part they are really good kids.

The one area of discipline I've been slow to take on with the boys however is housework. I am very mindful that I need to show them what to do and how to do it so they are able to care for their own homes when they are older, but I'm also very wary not to let them feel like they are being treated as my own personal little slaves. Lately I've been explaining the concept of a whole family helping out in order to keep a house looking clean and tidy.

The older boys have been responsible for tidying up their own toys now for quite some years now but up until this year I've not really given them any regular chores so to speak. Just lately I'd been thinking how nice it would be to get a bit of help with the dishes. I'm sure most people would agree that handwashing dishes for a family of 6 can sometimes be a nightmare. Imagine my surprise when Bailey suggested he should start doing the washing up for me! I was worried at first he wouldn't do a good enough job so gave him some plastic plates the first few days and then I realised he was doing a better job than me!!

Bailey has been washing up the plastics most days now for the past fortnight and not only does he love helping out it's also made the rest of the dishes so much less daunting for me to complete :)

Dane asked if there was a special job he could do so he wipes the table down now after every meal. He also likes to grab my upright stick vacuum and have a bit of a go with that. In fact Bailey & Dane take it in turns as they love using it so much.

What I am realising now is that by introducing the concept of helping your family and being considerate of other people I've automatically introduced the idea of helping with household chores without to need to actually delegate or enforce them. Bailey, Dane and Ehren continually surprise me with their helpful gestures which makes me so proud that they are growing to be beautiful, caring young boys. I'm definitely one lucky Mum!

Monday, October 10, 2011


Every month we choose a topic to base our homeschooling activities on. This month is UNDER THE SEA OCTOBER!

So far we have visited Seaworld and seen many exciting ocean animals, read many books about marine life and got up close and personal with some very interesting sea creatures during a Ocean Life presentation with our other homeschooling friends.

The Ocean Life presenter brought along some sea creatures so the children could look and touch. They learnt about the animals' natural habitats, feeding and breeding habits and also how to ensure our waterways, rivers, lakes and oceans can be cared for to preserve for future generations.

The kids were thrilled to get up close with sea urchins, sea stars, a small shark, sea cucumbers and even got to pat a freshwater turtle.

We were all quite surprised to find that the sea urchin's spikes felt like bits of wood and the sea cucumber didn't feel spiky at all, just soft and squishy. Dane exclaimed later that the sea cucumber was just like a pillow!

We are using a brilliant book we bought from Coles (bargain price of $5) to tie in with this months learning of ocean life. The book is proving to be a huge hit with the boys with a good mix of learning and fun, incorporating maths, reading, writing and science. I'm getting even more value from it by photocopying all the worksheets (which I do with all our workbooks).

I'm hoping to take the boys to Seaworld a few more times this month as we have annual passes now. Perhaps some of our homeschooling friends will join us next time?