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!

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Most parents who have been through the process of teaching their child to read will know how exciting it can be when their child finally moves past the emergent reader stage into the beginner reader category. I have found that it is far quicker and easier a process when the child has a strong desire to read.

Bailey was clearly keen to read shortly after the age of 7. I was a little worried at that point that he may be 'too old' to be at such an early stage of reading but now only 18 mths later he is reading books of all kinds of topics and levels, instead choosing to read Science and educational resources as opposed to children's books aimed at 8 year olds.

Dane on the other hand has been keen to read now for around 6 months (since 5.5 yrs old). We have worked consistently using the phonics approach, being careful to move quick enough to keep his interest but not so quick that he became overwhelmed or disappointed by his progress. This week marks an important time for Dane. He declared early this week that he would be reading very soon as he wanted a night reading light the same as we had recently bought for Bailey. The phonics work he has completed this week has blown me away. It came to a point around Wednesday when he had read the word 'smoothies' from a sign and 'fantastic' off a book that I realised he was officially a beginner reader!

The look on Dane's face yesterday when we took him to Masters to purchase his very own nightlight was priceless. Even better still was the massive smile he had tonight when using it for the first time (he couldn't use it last night as we got home from a party too late). He was so excited and even had a book ready to go under his pillow when I tucked him in for the night. My little just turned 6 yr old is growing up!! So proud of our 'Daney', he's come such a long way since officially starting Homeschooling last year.

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