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Since 1989 Beverley Paine has steadfastly promoted and supported home education as an educational choice for Australia families. Her books and websites aim to demystify education, gently deschooling families so that they may meet their children's individual and unique educational and developmental needs. Her honesty, insights and wealth of experience continues to bring hope, reassurance and confidence to families.

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drawing of a yabby

Freshwater Yabby

Order: Decapoda
Family: Parastacidae
Genus: Cherax

First I collected three yabbies from the Bungala creek and put them in an aquarium to study them.
The biggest yabby is 7cms long and is brown. One of the others is light brown and the other is dark brown. They are both about 5cms long.
The yabbies eat micro-organisms that live in the creek. I feed mine on micro-organisms that come out of compost.
I aerate the water so that the yabbies have enough oxygen. I have to be careful not to put too much compost in because the compost uses the air out of the water.
Yabbies swim backwards in the water. They use their tail fan to swim. They also have four little flippers underneath their tail.
They like water that isn't clear because they like hiding in the murky water as they are shy. They hide from birds, and hide under rocks when the water is clear.
Yabbies have little claws on the end of their eight legs. They can grip things with them. They have claw like things near their mouths which they can use to shove the food into their mouths. They prefer to feed at night, or when the light is low.
You have to be careful when you catch a yabby because it can nip you with its big front claws. It uses these to defend itself.
The antennae are used to feel vibrations in the water.
Yabbies like to live in creeks and dams. They don't like pollution.

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Welcome to the world of home education - learning without school! We officially began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were each born! I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
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