On the 9th of June 2021 I went into She chocolatiere for a chocolate class. We ate lots of chocolate, and we learnt how to properly temper chocolate. We also learnt about the origins of chocolate and how the chocolate we see starts off as a bitter bean. It is sundried then packed up into bags and shipped off to other parts of the world where it is, cooked on a low heat and then peeled leaving only a bitter bean then it is shipped to factories where it is made into chocolate we know and love. I was most surprised by how enjoyable the supposedly bitter beans were. My favourite part was making chocolate flakes out of the tempered chocolate.
We went to the Airforce museum to 'explore flight'. We learnt about the history of flight form the first idea of planes to a modern day plane. We put together a model of an Aerospace CT-4E Air trainer, learning the parts of the plane and how they relate to flight. We also got to make our own glider and learnt the movements of roll, pitch and yaw.
In March around 100 of us spent the day at Orana Park. We broke off into smaller groups and looked at different topics including: Caring for animals, food chains, habitats and animal adaptations.
It was great to get close to the animals, help feed some of them and learn more about how to keep some endangered animals safe.
Being a librarian for a morning went for three hours. The children enjoyed returning, sorting, finding and recommending books. They also did some library programming.
At the end of the morning the children took storytime for preschoolers. All the children received a certificate. It was an interesting morning, where the children learnt some new skills.
Thanks to everyone who came to the CHE camp at Wainui over the weekend 12th-15th March! We held our usual Friday night family quiz and Saturday evening talent show, and this year mixed things up a bit with some YMCA-fun activities - archery, high ropes, low ropes, search and rescue, and orienteering. Everyone made a huge effort to create a wonderful, safe and friendly space. It was great to see so many new faces as well.
With the support of funding from the New Zealand Red Cross 200 members of CHE spent an amazing weekend together at Living Springs, learning, exploring and pushing our boundaries. It was a fabulous weekend and everyone went home happy and tired with wonderful memories of our time together. We all owe a huge thank you to the team that did all the organisation for us. Check out some stories and pictures from some of our happy campers below.
Home Ed Camp by Max Harris
Last weekend we went to a home school camp and did heaps of cool activities with our friends.
We did Adventure Stream, Tree Climb, Low Ropes, Boulder Wall and Rifles and Archery. My favourite was the Adventure Steam.
We spent about 2 days at the camp we arrived at midday and spent the next day doing Adventure Stream, Tree Climb and Low Ropes the next day we did the rest and left after lunch.
There were also trampolines, a pool and a monorail we went in the pool twice, went on the trampolines heaps, but we never got to go on the monorail.
But I still had heaps of fun at the camp.
Adventure Stream by Alex Jones
My favourite part of camp was the Adventure Stream. I enjoyed jumping through the water and from rock to rock, like parkour! The narrow dark passageway, with water on the bottom was slippery and slimy. I got wet. There was a big rope tied to a post with knots down to the bottom. We put our feet on the wall and slowly lowered ourselves down, knot by knot. We started tumbling through the stream, leaping and jumping from rock to rock, using ropes to swing. And then we came across a rock, very flat it was, the entire stream flowing over it. We used a rope to climb down, water at our ankles. Once we were down we rested on a berm and chewed on some heart shaped leaves which help with toothache and digestion, I can't remember the name. And then we broke berm and headed into the river again, smooth sailing until we reached the deepest part. It was so deep that when an adult of 6ft stepped in it, it was up to his chin! We swung across the deep bit, some of us swam. We were tired and wet on the way home. We trekked through the undergrowth until we reached a road. We travelled down the road until we found the campsite. LUNCH TIME!
Marshmallow Roast by Lachlan McKenzie-Jackson
On Friday night we had a camp fire. I toasted my marshmallow to the extreme!! It looked like it was burnt by the flame of an asteroid as it hit our atmosphere. The burnt bit tasted like the inside of an ash tray but the inside of the marshmallow tasted like heaven, it was gooey and caramelised and it was like a carnival inside my mouth.
Fun At Camp - By Grace Jones
Put on sneakers,
Put on a harness,
Climb the trees higher than the hills.
Stomp through splashes
Across a bridge
What an adventure at the adventure stream
Over bridges, through the bush
You will find a cottage
With a wall of hooks.
Then to a slide
You might find a friend
Someone to have fun with until the end
Swim like a fish in a pool of fun
But never run!
And that’s the fabulous Living Springs
Thank you everyone,
A weekend of fun.
The Night Time Sky By Grace Jones
It was 8pm and everyone was having a bonfire. There were lots of laughs and chats. We had fun there. The fire had huge flames and was lighting up the night time sky. The sunset was pink with fluffy clouds. The birds were singing and everyone was enjoying themselves and having fun. The marshmallows on sticks were yummy and I made a friend. It was a brilliant night. And then it was bedtime. Goodnight everyone, have a good sleep.
Check out this awesome article about the Canterbury Home Educators co-ordinators Carol Shearer and Josie Baker www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/99631920/local-legends-home-schooler-carol-shearer-makes-life-a-little-better-for-hundreds
Following on from the recent article about CHE Josie Baker was asked to comment on Home Schooling in New Zealand. Read about it here https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/101066521/how-many-new-zealand-children-are-homeschooled
The CHE committee is excited to be able to share more details about the funding generously pledged by New Zealand Red Cross for a Canterbury Home Educators’ Hub. After an exhaustive search the committee has signed a lease on the second storey of a building in Addington.
The Hub will be available to complement your families learning, and offer a cost-free space for the community to meet, connect, share, learn and teach. The Hub will give the CHE community the opportunity to book one-off or termly space for group classes, library visits, meetings, pot lucks, info evenings, play groups, coffee groups, itinerant music teacher sessions, and many other things. We have secured the whole second floor (2 of 2) which will include - a space for the library - 2 rooms for classes/group projects/visiting tutors/meetings/play etc - a kitchen/dining space with space for smaller children to play and meet each other, perhaps with a blackboard wall, a table for drawing etc, a play kitchen/dress-ups or similar. This could also be used for shared meals, cooking with a group of kids etc
The Hub is located in the heart of Addington, close to parks, a short bus ride from the Central Bus Station. Parking during the day may take a couple of minutes however there will likely be 2-3 parking spaces directly outside for dropping off resources, and for those with babies etc. The committee will be asking for help sourcing resources for the Hub, for example, blackboard paint, toys for the littlies, bookshelves etc.
We are also asking for interest from community members to be involved in a sub-committee for the Hub- but we promise this will NOT involve cleaning the toilets etc!! Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be able to share photos and give you more info regarding making a booking. There will be NO cost to members to book the Hub to share learning opportunities. We encourage individuals wishing to offer learning opportunities to others in the community to cover the costs of their transport, time and resources by including a cost to participants. Again, there is no cost for booking and using the space and the committee will take no revenue from bookings.
We welcome ALL members of our community to share their passions, experience and interests by offering classes, workshops and meet-ups. We especially encourage our children and teens to consider offering learning opportunities to adults and each other. The Hub will be a great place for us all to learn, and to teach. Being a member of CHE is a pre-requisite of booking the Hub, or attending events at the Hub (with the exception of info evenings).
We envision there will be a password protected page on the CHE website for members to check when space is available to book, what is regularly on offer etc. Bookings can be made through a co-ordinator who will reply to your request and do their best to give you your time slot preference.
Email Sarina firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, offers or suggestions