Skip to main content

The Stanleys at Jack and Annie's in Victoria, Australia

Yesterday the Stanleys woke up feeling very excited to be in Australia, and started the day having breakfast with Annie. In Australia, we love to eat vegemite on toast, and the Stanleys really enjoyed eating it too. You can see a photo of them eating vegemite toast with Annie.

The Stanleys then went to visit Jack’s school for the day. They were looking forward to meeting all the children in Jack’s class. In the photos you can see the Stanleys arriving at Jack’s school, and you can see them climbing out of Jack’s school bag, ready to go and meet Jack’s friends.

The children in Jack’s class loved meeting the Stanleys, and Jack’s teacher invited the other grade Prep class in to meet the Stanleys as well. All the children enjoyed listening to the letters you had written, and they loved looking at the presents that you had sent Jack and Annie. Jack’s teacher even read some of the Flat Stanley book and the children enjoyed this, too.

When the Stanleys got home from school they had a rest with Jack and Annie and then they went to look at some kangaroos in the bush near where we live. Jack and Annie’s dad tried really hard to get some photos of the Stanleys saying hello to the kangaroos but the kangaroos jumped away really fast. In one of the photos the Stanleys standing with the kangaroos in the background (the kangaroos are a bit hard to see but your Mom might be able to help you make them out).

After looking at the kangaroos, the Stanleys were very tired, so when we got home they went straight to bed. Last night they slept with Annie in her bed. They had slept with Jack in his bed on their first night here. You can see in the photo’s that they were very cosy.

This morning Annie took the Stanleys out for morning tea. They went to the Beechworth Bakery. They had a lamington which they really loved eating. A lamington is a traditional Australian cake. It has chocolate icing and coconut on the outside. Sometimes lamingtons have jam and cream in them as well. Yummy!!

After morning tea, Annie took the Stanley’s to the park to play. They loved playing on the swing and on the slide. The Stanleys are looking forward to Jack getting home from school today because Jack is going to teach them how to play cricket and tell them about Australian football. The Stanleys are also looking forward to visiting Melbourne on the weekend. We will write again soon to tell you more about the Stanley’s adventures.


  1. Great post.. the Stanleys are certainly having fun at Jack and Annies

    cheers Kim..

  2. Aw, thanks!! Elf and Emperor are loving yours as well. Even in the same country you guys live very differently!


Post a Comment

Non-troll comments always welcome! :)

Popular posts from this blog

Reading Curriculum: ABeka Book and BJU Press

Did you know that in the state of Missouri, homeschoolers must teach reading as a separate subject?  I don't know how anyone could homeschool well without teaching their child to read... but OK. 

I got many of my ABeka books used and collected them over time.  I'm glad I came across these readers early in my homeschooling years.  It teaches children to read step-by-step.  I don't think I've seen a more effective reading program for the elementary years.  The children love the stories, and what I appreciate about them is that there is a rich and varied language even in simple-to-read books in this series. 

My set is pretty old, and some are even from the 1960's and no longer listed in the reading series.  I think if I had to do things over again somehow, I think I'd just spend on a curriculum set and be done with it.  That's the thing, though, with homeschooling.  By the time you figure out what the perfect curriculum is for you, your children have graduate…

Homeschooling is NOT So Hard.

I wish I'd have known this starting out. I wish I'd have known that it's actually LESS work to just homeschool your child, than to be an "involved parent" at school.

We've enjoyed elementary school with our older boys. *Most* of the teachers were actually pretty competent and caring (the others, I save for another blog post, another day...). We had the children involved in extra activities like the Spanish Club or Service Club, or choir, and they got a fair bit out of the experience.

But it's a LOT of work.

You get about a ton of worksheets that must be done by a certain time. Usually on a day when you're sick or have no time. You get the phone calls about this or that, and about a zillion sheets per day that sometimes contain important news, so you MUST go through them daily. The schools also *love* to throw in half days, teacher in-service days and early dismissals. Not so bad, unless you have children at more than one school and the schedu…

Holiday Gifts for the Homeschool Teacher!

Merrymaking hint:  leave this post up on your phone/ computer for your family to "accidentally" find!  Let the magic begin!

 All teachers love a little appreciation every now and then, including homeschoolers.   I don't know about you, though, but I don't want any apple crap.  So first rule:  no apple crap! 

Otherwise I'm pretty open.  I love getting gifts, even if it's just something small or simple.  One thing I love is when my children want to help out and make lunch or clean up or put their laundry away.  Or just behave themselves and get their math done.  This is a really big thing when you think about it.  

And from the adults in my life, the gift of coffee always shows love - or rather, someone not wanting an "I need coffee" emergency in the middle of winter after a big snowstorm.  Somehow, I always have a lot of coffee in my pantry during the winter months.  (Guess why.) Thanks, D! 

My gallery of homeschool appreciation pics: