Isolating or staying home safe? Visit the many Australian zoo’s, parks and aquariums from the couch as they live stream animal talks on Facebook and later upload them to their websites. If you’re not on Facebook, check in on the websites often to see what new creatures are being talked about.
Visit the Wildlife Sydney Zoo virtualy to watch a crocodile being fed and talk kangaroos. Meet popular residents like the cuddly quokka and the cutest koala. Find live streams as they happen on the FB page.
Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo have set up virtual cameras in the homes of the Tree-kangaroo and echidna, a Snow leopard, zebra, lion and giraffe. Pop in often to see what they’re up to anytime of day.
The Adelaide Zoo would like us to stay connected with animal friends by bringing them into our homes. Get in touch with the Giant Panda and the Southern White Rhino. Visit the Chipanzee habitat and dayroom, then meet Truffles, the Bush-tailed Bettong. Watch the live streams on Facebook.
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is live streaming 15 koala habitats, and if you look around, you’ll find Bearded-dragons, a dingo, birds and a platypus too.
Ramble along on an African Safari where Africam is live streaming wildlife in Africa like the elephant and hippopotamus.
Bird Cams open up a window into the natural world of birds around the globe by live streaming bird behaviours, lifecycles and nests.
The internet is bringing nature into our homes by live streaming videos all over the world. This will help us to stay connected with the natural world like never before while we stay home.
By the way, are you considering home education while self isolating during the Covid 19 pandemic? If so, the home education community would like to walk along side you as you embark on such a huge and scary responsibility.
If you’re a total newbie to homeschooling, this will be epic. The Australian Homeschooling Summit features 22 workshops from 30 presenters across 12 days. Pick and choose your favourite topics to watch live (or binge it and watch them all!) and get all you’ll need as you embark on this year of homeschooling.
And it’s not just for the newbies. If you’ve been doing this for a few years it’s a great excuse to give yourself a bit of ‘me time’ and get a refresher to re-ignite that inspiration or hear the latest thinking on alternative education. Because homeschoolers should get professional development too, right?
Here’s a list of all the fantastic workshops you’ll get to attend online, safely from your couch in a private setting:
Homeschooling Habits – Kelly George
Setting your child up to WIN – Andrew Lord
Isolation – your greatest fear or current reality? – Tamara Kidd
Unschooling – The kids will be alright! – Vicci Oliver
Retro-recording Real Home Education – Tamara Kidd
Making the Most of the Journey – Bel Moore
Starting Homeschool like a Pro.- Karen Willson
Navigating Neurodiversity in your Homeschool – Lusi Austin
Bring Learning to Life with Stories – Anthony Coafield
Home Ed Grads Have Their Say – Erin Hassett
Unpacking Maths For Every Day Life – & How to Teach It! – Esther White
Resource Ideas for Hands on Learning – Rachael Clark:
Charlotte Mason for Beginners – Carol Hudson
There’s an easier way, genius – Heidi Conway
Creating Booklists for a Literature Based Education – Erin Hassett:
Embrace Nature Study Effortlessly – Marie Viljoen
History and Geography. Why and How? – Myfanwy Dibben
Homeschooling Special Needs: AIC & NDIS – April Jermey
Mindset Matters – priming kids to succeed – Andrew Lord
Eyes Wide Open: Benefits and Disadvantages of Home Education – Beverley Paine
Staying Organised while Homeschooling – Patricia Fitzgerald
Studying, Working, and Homeschooling: How to Juggle – Kelly George
Fitting In The Feast: So No-one Goes Hungry – Renelle Jones
Inspiration with EASE – Heidi Conway
Wild Schooling in Australia – Nicki Farrell
Websites to Enhance your Home Ed Life – Rachael Clark
Structured Science for Homeschoolers – Tamara Kelly
How do you Afford to Homeschool? – Collaboration
If you’d like to include backyard natural science into your lifestyle, then come over and visit me at Nature Study Australia where I’ll walk along side you as we learn together through nature study guides and resources designed for Aussie families. Join our email community for free activities and resources.
Investigate the secret habitat of leaf litter. Discover backyard visitors like the praying-mantis and echidna. Explore rocks, soil ecosystems and the weather while observing migration and torpidity as the season changes. Prepare for a flush of spring flowers by planting autumn bulbs and enjoy autumns fruits by baking apple pies.
The Australian Nature Study Guide is a Charlotte Mason based program designed to encourage nature exploration through the seasons. The guide includes poems, picture studies, activities and read aloud story suggestions.The Backyard Edition will inspire children to OBSERVE, EXPLORE, DRAW, PAINT, RESEARCH, WRITE, READ, CREATE, ADVENTURE, DISCOVER, COMPARE, DISCUSS, EXPLAIN and take NOTES.
Come along! Walk with me.