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 Try Not To Get Bitten

Investigate what ecosystems may be present in your living environment.Preventing Mosquito Problems
Illness arising from mosquito bites is on the increase in Australia and it is not just a northern Australian problem.     Read more >>

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Should we be considering more seriously, multi-generational households in Australia?

With so many ongoing challenges and costs throughout our whole of life -including: child care, aged care, mortgage repayments, unpredictable job security, economic hardship ….
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Phew!      It’s Hot!
Beating the Heat at Home

This summer, spend more time in the living areas you create outdoors Photography John Couper
This summer, spend more time in the living areas you create outdoors
Photography John Couper

After a long, cold, wet spring it is easy to forget the damage that extreme temperatures can do to us and the environment. On those hot, lazy, crazy days, take time to check out a few things with your family and take the necessary actions. I know the women of the household know all this that I question below, but get the family out there and put that knowledge to work

To improve the lives of your family and help make the world a better place to live, we can all do better.  Try these suggestions:
o  Have we ever learned how to read a thermometer?  Do we possess a thermometer? … >> More

The simple beauty in the details of shadows of these potted plants in water.
The simple beauty in the details of shadows of these potted plants in water provides a cooling effect.

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The Family Barbeque – It Can Be a Real Learning Experience!

Some basic science and inter-generational social learning opportunities at the bbq
Some basic science and inter-generational social learning opportunities at the bbq

Summer learning for any age needs to be fun, memorable and hands-on. Cooking is science and at barbecues, we are cooking organic matter (the concept area of this science lesson for teachers) – whether vegetarian or for meat lovers. Children love to chat when they are doing things and everyone enjoys being together to share ideas, laugh, watch the food preparation and the cooking on the barbecue and of course, eating together. >> More

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Are you ready for extreme heat and other natural and man-made disasters?

Are you prepared for any natural or man-made disasters this summer?

Make time with your family to consider:
If you or family members live in a zone prone to specific natural hazards – floods, droughts, fires, thunderstorms, cyclones etc., have you done some kind of emergency planning?
Do you have a disaster supplies kit to suit your particular needs?
Do you have adequate shelter for you and your animals from the hazard?
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 Grown-Ups, Don’t leave home without a home-made ‘Activity Pack’

Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens Photography John Couper
Melbourne Royal Botanical Gardens
Photography John Couper

Grown-ups and children of all ages enjoy outings and vacations so be prepared for these real-life learning experiences.  Be prepared to make such events enjoyable and memorable. Also, be prepared if an unexpected situation arises. For example, if travelling, be prepared for the journey. We do not know what may happen along the way – transport delays or raining for days – be prepared with some activities. As challenging and demanding as caring for children is, it can make life easier all round.  >> More

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 Intergenerational Learning – Cooking with Kids

Get cooking (or no-cooktop-cooking) with kids and stir up a lot more than an interest in healthy eating.  Preparing food not only provides opportunities for active involvement and lets the children use all their senses, but so much more – the possibilities are amazing.
Cooking is a “grown-up” thing to do and many children today have little experience with it. Schools are hesitant to undertake it in fear of allergies and safety concern, so grown-ups at home, it is up to you!
Experience teaches. Intergenerational learning is something I am passionate about. How wonderful for those ‘significant others’ in a child’s life to share their skills and learning with young people. >> More

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