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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.

We send out a weekly email newsletter with details of upcoming events, courses, gatherings etc.

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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")

If you're not currently on our email list and would like to contact us, please email us at the address you can see in the column on the right. We'd love to hear from you!

(Last updated May 2013)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Trotter's Gorge tramp - cancelled

Ted's not well, so won't be doing the Trotter's Gorge walk this week

Monday, January 10, 2011

holiday video! Why Does the Sun Really Shine?

Nicola's family's current favourite song by They Might Be Giants - it’s a lot more fun than it sounds :-)

Why Does the Sun Really Shine? (The Sun is a Miasma of Incandescent Plasma)

Otago Museum trip: Mo Tatou - The Ngai Tahu Whanui Exhibition

12:30—2:00pm, Wednesday 2 February

Nicola's booked SHEAF in for a workshop focussing on Maori Technology, in connection with the current Mo Tatou exhibition. Here’s the museum’s blurb:
How did Maori adapt to the colder New Zealand climate? How did they produce warmer clothing? Answer these questions and many more as you analyse the superb range of taonga in the Tangata Whenua Gallery and discover the technology that was needed to produce these Maori treasures. Clothing, jewellery, tools, toys and games will be the focus as we explore the technology of Maori.
Costs are now $3.50 per child.
Email Nicola to book
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FREE science seminar for home-educating parents

From Nicola:

7:30 pm, Thursday 17 February

Would you like some ideas for hands-on science activities for your 10-14 year old? Wondering what’s in the NZ science curriculum at this age? Come and attend this seminar run by Nathalie Thomas, a home educating mum and ex science teacher.
Nathalie will go through the topics that are part of the NZ curriculum at years 7-10, she will give ideas of available resources with the main emphasis on activities that are hands-on and fun for the kids to do. Nathalie teaches secular science.

Please bring a small plate to share for supper.
The seminar will be held at Nicola's house, so RSVP before 14 Feb for address details.