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by Ann Leach
The difference in social opportunities for children whose education is based from home from those sent to school is the parents' role.
When children are sent to school, meeting potential friends, discerning whether they are appropriate for friendship, and building those friendships totally on the children's shoulders. Parents rarely know the other children and even more rarely know the children's parent.
In home education, we have to prioritise providing opportunities for our children to meet and play with other children, support and encourage them in making friendships, and we get to support them through the disappointments.
We also have the privilege of knowing the parents, usually but not always the mums, of all the children our children meet and play with. We can invite their whole family to our own house and visit theirs as well.
When my daughter is invited to attend a sleepover, I have met everyone who lives in that house. When she goes for a birthday party, I know whose house she will be at. I have met those parents and talked with them. Some are friends, others are acquaintances, but I've talked with them and have an idea of who they are.
The homeschooling community is a group of families who have educated themselves on the importance of peer play for their children. And they prioritise attending meet-ups. This article I wrote contains many of the local home education groups across Victoria. When family camp opportunities come up, go to them. They are the best.
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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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