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Welcome to the SHEAF Blog.

Despite our best intentions, we're not great at keeping this blog updated with our latest happenings. We are, however, definitely an active group, meeting at least once each week during term time.

If you'd like to make contact with Dunedin home educators, our contact details are in the column, below right.

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Have a look through this blog to see the types of events we have organised in the past. You'll also find links to other blogs and articles that we find useful or informative, on the off-chance that you'll appreciate them too :~) (Look for these more general blog-posts under the label "Weekend Reading")

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(Last updated May 2013)

Monday, December 14, 2009

What's on at the Museum

Lots of things happening over these holidays, but the most exciting thing has got to be the Dinosaur Eggs and Babies exhibition!


Discover dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos in our summer exhibition, Dinosaur Eggs and Babies. This hands-on exhibition features an astounding array of authentic casts of dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe.

Special Exhibitions Gallery, Level 1
Admission charges apply

Dino Tours
Explore millions of years of dinosaur evolution, existence and extinction!
An introduction to the prehistoric world of these wondrous reptiles...
DAILY, 2.30pm, FREE with your exhibition admission

Digging Deeper Gallery Talk
Join us as we dig a little deeper into the stories connected to Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.
DAILY, 4.30pm, FREE with your exhibition admission

Cretaceous Create-us Activities
Roll up your reptilian sleeves and sink your teeth into a creative children’s activity exploring the world of dinosaurs.
EVERY Saturday and Sunday, DAILY during the school holidays
11.30am, FREE all holidays with your exhibition admission

Click here to see all the other great things on at the Otago Museum this summer!
(Including a Victorian-style Santa, Butterflies in your Backyard, Southern Children's Choir performance, Origami...)

End of year photos - rain plans

Regarding our End-of-Year photos and picnic - please let Kathrin know if you are planning to come tomorrow, so she can keep you up-to-date with rain plans.

Not that it will rain, fingers crossed!

Reading Eggs programme

from Sarah -

This is a reading programme which my daughter is finding very enjoyable and effective:


It comes with a 14 day free trial and includes a test to make sure you start at the right level.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Chemistry Course enrolments - closing soon!!

We got this email the other day... Do contact Nathalie soon if you're interested!

Hi to all home educators in Dunedin and surrounding areas,

I am running a chemistry course for home educated children aged 11+ years on 10 and 11 February 2010 in Dunedin. The course is run at Otago university in one of their laboratories. This is a great opportunity to experience practical hands-on chemistry in a fully set up lab. There is no prior knowledge or skill required.

I am a home educating mum myself and a trained secondary school science teacher with a degree in chemistry.

The closing date for enrolments is Friday 18 December. So far we have received 12 enrolments and I will need a minimum of 32 children for the two courses to be able to go ahead (16 children per course).

So if you are considering enrolling your child(ren), please get back to me soon. It would be a shame to cancel this course as this is such a unique learning opportunity.

Best regards,
Nathalie Thomas, MSc, DipT
Science for Home Educators
PO Box 179
Katikati 3166
Bay of Plenty

Ph (07) 5490383