Astra woke from a scary dream about dimensions and wanted to know what dimensions actually are. Andy explained it to her. She wanted to understand what the 4th dimension means, so he explained this too. We looked at some multidimensional shapes on an app that Andy had downloaded recently.

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Astra and I liked Dee Why so much, we decided to go back there with Andy. We missed the ferry so we had half an hour to listen to some didgeridoo playing. It was very good. Astra and Andy spent a long time in the sea together and it was sunset when we finally caught the ferry home.

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We went to our usual Thursday park meeting. One of Astra’s friends brought a Crayola ‘scratch’ colouring book, and they all made pictures in it. Astra has started getting pocket money. We agreed on $8 per week, one dollar for each year of her age. She has decided to save 20% of it, give 10% away, and spend the remaining 70%. No doubt inspired by this new change to her life, she chose ‘The Pocket Money Game’ for us all to play.

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We went to see our friends at their home in Dee Why. Astra and her friends drew some pictures together, Astra drew one of her Mino Monsters. As they live so close to the beach, we went for a play there. There are pools where Astra was able to practise her swimming strokes. The sea was mostly calm and beautifully warm. There are also rock pools where Astra and her friends had a good time pretending to be animals.

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We all went into town to do a little shopping and go to the zoo. We walked through the Queen Victoria Building and around Chinatown and Tumbalong Park on the way home. At the zoo we finally saw the Tasmanian Devil up and about, and the koalas were also lively (well, awake!). Now Food Teddy had a great time pretending to be bait and Astra completed the Adventure Trail.


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We went to the park with friends. We were thrilled to see a possum wandering about, it was very tame and very cute. That was in Hyde Park, where the children played with the trees. Then we went to Tumbalong Park and the children played with the water. As we were leaving for home, a lady appeared with a huge bunch of balloons, and started handing them out to the children. A nice surprise!

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We went on an organised trip to the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. The children dressed up and spent the next hour being treated as convicts. They tested out the sleeping quarters, and did some bricklaying. Astra stuck her hand up immediately when asked who had been naughty, and her punishment was for the other convicts to build a brick chimney around her. They then had a go at making the bricks themselves. There were some talks about the type of lives the convicts had both before and after being shipped to Australia.

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Astra took part in a circus skills workshop at our regular home-ed park meeting. She enjoyed it so much she asked the teacher to come back, so he is going to!

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Astra made a card for her friend’s birthday. She wrote a poem about possums, to enter into a poetry competition. We read the rules and advice together and she incorporated them into her writing. She drew a picture of her stuffed giraffe.

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Our friends came to visit. Astra and I made some spinach and feta pastries for lunch. There was a lot of fun with the paddling pool and the hosepipe, and some drawing with the 3D pavement chalks.

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