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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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Articles Index : Evaluating Your Children's Education

Evaluating Your Children's Learning

The easiest and quickest way to build confidence in home educating your children is to keep records. You don't have to keep meticulous records every day, though it certainly helps, but collating a sample of what's happening at home and analysing it educationally every so often will help to boost confidence AND keep the homeschooling learning program on track.

Home educators are notorious for underestimating the power of keeping records of their children's learning. Few understand the many benefits and many regard record keeping as a tiresome chore. I know what I know about education, learning and helping children learn at home because I kept records. The evidence I collated (rather haphazardly over a dozen years) became the germ of a book, Getting Started with Homeschooling Practical Considerations, and then a series of Practical Homeschooling Booklets.

On this website you will find a growing collection of articles that aim to encoruage you to maintain some kind of record keeping and evaluation regime as a home educator. There are lots of tips and ideas and many examples. If you'd like to share how you keep records or plan and monitor your children's learning at home we'd love to hear from you.

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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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After 25 years of being a home educating contact and support person Beverley is passing the mantle on to the many new strong, assertive and confident voices who continues to support and advocate for home education in Australia.
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