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Homeschool Unschool Australia! Winter 2013
I am passionate about learning. Education isn’t something that happens to me passively, I’m an active learner, reflecting on what’s going on in my environment, body and mind continuously and working to make sense of it. I learn from every thing and every moment. Life, with all it’s complexities and layers, is an awesome resource. Robin calls me a philosopher; I am definitely a reflective thinker. Life has to have meaning and purpose and make sense. It has to work. It has to build towards mutually beneficial solutions and actions. That’s how I experience learning: how do you experience learning? We’re all so wonderfully different.
In the space of five weeks our family experienced a marriage, a death and a birth. Deep breaths! Grief and joy, spending happy and sad moments with family and friends: Autumn has truly been an emotional season for us. As a result I’ve abandoned my usual format for this issue and instead of following themes have collected together recent and archived articles I’ve written. It’s a bit of an eclectic mix and I hope you enjoy reading them.
My thoughts over the last month have been focusing on home education regulation. I've rejoined the Home Education Association committee as an ordinary member and have been chatting with some NSW home educating parents about issues that crop up with the review and application process in that state.
Writing for and encouraging home educating families sustains me. It's a two way process : as a reader you offer me so much, for which I am very grateful and why I am committed to producing an affordable magazine. Feedback is always welcome and I'd love to hear your ideas about what you'd like to see included in future issues.
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Let my enthusiasm for home education revitalise you!
My adult children think it was the bees knees to have the freedom to learn in ways that suited their needs, personalities and preferences when they were kids. I am passionate about helping you feel okay, strong and committed to your choice to home educate your children because I want you to experience the same joy I feel now.
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Beverley Paine with her children, and their home educated children, relaxing at home.
Together with the support of my family, my aim is to help parents educate their children in stress-free, nurturing environments. In addition to building and maintaing this website, I continue to create and manage local and national home educating networks, help to organise conferences and camps, as well as write for, edit and produce newsletters, resource directories and magazines. I am an active supporter of national, state, regional and local home education groups.
We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since they were 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. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine
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