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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.

Home education is a legal alternative to school education in Australia. State and Territory governments are responsible for regulating home education and have different requirements, however home educating families are able to develop curriculum and learning programs to suit the individual needs of their children.
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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.

Since I've left Facebook my e-Newsletter, The Educating Parent, it is the main way I stay in touch with all my friends. I loved being a member of the very many groups I belonged to and missed the opportunity to chat with friends and help them answer their questions and generally reassure them that yes, home education is challenging, but it's also immensely rewarding and definitely worth sticking at it!

Please use the newsletter to touch base with me and ask those questions, pick my brains, put a question out there for other readers to answer, etc - everything you'd do on a home educating support group. I'll address those questions either personally by email or through the newsletter - it's your choice, just tell me when you email if you to share the answer with our growing Educating Parent community.

The newsletter is also an opportunity for me to let you know about recent posts to The Educating Parent. I'll let you know about any new eBooks I've uploaded to Always Learning Books, the publishing business I began many years ago and is now owned and managed by my daughter, April Jermey, a stay-at-home working home educating mum. Together we want to help make home educating more rewarding and enjoyable by removing the everyday stress that unnecessary worry add to our days. My home educating days are over but April's are just beginning: being home educated herself gives her a bit of a head start but when it comes to her own children it's a whole new ball game! And though I've a life-time of experience to draw on, I am really happy that I still learning how to help children learn and how to meet their complex and ever-changing needs. This is an awesome journey!

You might be asking, "Why did you leave Facebook?" It was incredible and very popular, but Facebook's increasing commercialisation and drive to sell the content that we as users create as our fingers dance across the keyboard deeply disturbed me. They own the words we type and the images that we upload. That's what we agree to when we open our Facebook accounts and participate in products Facebook provides. I don't want my comments tracked by cyber-robots so that some unknown company can target me as a potential consumer. I don't want that kind of one-side open-ended agreement with a company that purports to be about building social communities but is actually all about profits for its shareholders. So that's why I've ditched Facebook and created this newsletter. It's not as handy, but it's a heck of a lot more personal and private! We've kept one foot in the door - our The Educating Parent Facebook page is there to help families find this site!

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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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