Sunday 25 January 2015

Meet my family

Sonlight Blog PartySonlight is 25 years old and this year they are hosting a year long blog party.  It's been a while since I've posted about the family so I've decided to join in the fun.

You can meet other Sonlight Homeschool Families at the January Blog Party.

I am Chareen and I'm a South African born, New Zealander living in Australia!

I have been married for 23 years and home educating for 17 of those. I have home educated in New Zealand and Australia.  Our very first year of homeschooling was with Sonlight Kindergarten  in 1998.

My favourite time of the year is when the new Sonlight catalog comes out.  I spend a few days happily curled up on the lounge chair with a cup of tea and catalog reading and discovering all the wonderful new books and items available.

You can read more about my home education journey here: Timeline of my Journey.  These are some of the Sonlight Cores I have used during my journey.

My Sonlight Badges 

I am passionate about supporting and encouraging homeschoolers, homeschooling and books as well as great encouraging fellowship.

I am also a homeschool curriculum review blogger and enjoy using social media to share my homeschool journey and you can find me on these platforms

Facebook Google+ Pinterest Instagram YouTube RSS Feed

Paul is my Zoo Keeper husband who has the amazing privileged of looking after serval at Werribee Open Range Zoo.  He is a passionate wild life photographer and you can follow his adventures on Instagram (@servalpaul) Paul is in the middle of self publishing a photographic bird guide book and will be blogging this year at Bush Tales by Paul

Tim turned 21 last year and is currently studying a Cert IV in Web Based Technology.  He has a long term goal of Game Development. At present he is also exploring his creative side via photography.  You can see some of his work on Facebook.

Jane is 19 and is working full time.  She graduated in 2012 with a Cert III in Children's Services.  Over the last three years she has also completed a Cert II in Retail and last year did Cert IV in Human Resources.

Nathaniel is the main feature of the blog.  He is 9 years old and loves to explore the world around him.  Sir N is passionate about all things in the film industry but his first love is airplanes and he is currently designing a Jumbo-class plane and E4D (this is an improved home theater system). He loves to develop products and is also developing the Solifuge (a new type of vehicle).  He helps me to review home school products.  One of his all time favourite things to do is to deconstruct items such as our old microwave and recently our old DVD computer drive.

To help celebrate Sonlights 25th year they are giving us the chance to win a full years curriculum.  You can read more about it here: Mom to Mom Curriculum Giveaway

Mom-to-Mom Curriculum Giveaway
- See more at: Mom to Mom Curriculum Giveaway

I'd love to hear more about your family! If you have a blog and have shared there please leave a link in the comments for me.  If you don't have a blog please tell me more in comments.  


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  1. So nice to meet your lovely family!

  2. One thing I enjoy about blogging is getting to know people all around the world! Hi Chareen! It's lovely to get to know a bit about you and your family! I have a son who used to dismantle electronics. I kept waiting for him to learn how to fix them but that hasn't happened. He did just rebuild his gaming computer so maybe he did learn a thing or two with all that taking apart? Anyways, I look forward to getting to know you a bit through Sonlight's blog party!

  3. How fun to "meet" a fellow homeschooler living in a different part of the world! I have several friends in Australia and, of course, they love it there.

  4. So nice to meet you and your family, Chareen. Thank you for participating in the Sonlight blog party. I look forward to reading more of your blog posts.

  5. I just love how blogging connects people from all over the world. And yes... I do love when that new Sonlight catalog arrives in my mailbox each year. I savor it too!! Blessings!!

  6. Oh my can't get over how much your daughter has grown, and so gorgeous! love hearing what your big ones are up to:)

  7. Hello! Stopping by from the blog hop. So nice to meet you and your family!


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