Welcome to The Educating Parent Beverley Paine's archive of articles about homeschooling and unschooling written over a period of 30 plus years

HomeAbout Blog Articles Curriculum Resource Directory Shop Kids Pages Facebook

Download our FREE The Educating Parent Resource Directories today! Plus... more FREE resources!

Free download a quick guide to getting started with homeschooling and unschooling by Beverley Paine The Educating Parent in this excellent Resource Directory


Plan, record and report all in the one document! Always Learning Books planners available in each year level to suit your homeschooling needs, includes curriculum checklists
Australia's original homeschooling manual from veteran home educator Beverley Paine, how to write your own learning plan and curriculum to meet your child's needs
Let Beverley and friends help you design and write your own curriculum to suit your child's individual learning needs, learn how to prepare lessons, unit studies and more, record and evaluate your children's learning in this series of 3 parent workbooks developed on Beverley's popular homeschool manual Getting Started with Home School Practical Considerations
Introduction to
Home Education
  National and State
Support Groups
  Yearly Planner, Diary & Report Beverley's Original Home Ed Manual Series of How To
Parent Workbooks

Support Groups: National SA VIC NSW QLD TAS ACT NT
Registration Guides: VIC NSW QLD SA WA TAS ACT NT

Looking for support, reassurance and information?
Join Beverley's The Educating Parents Homeschooling and Unschooling Facebook online group.


Living and Learning on the Road


Kym Fullerton, Great Reasons to Homeschool


Our time travelling was spent singing, playing endless car games, reciting times-tables and spelling words and having lots of conversations which allow the learning to take place without the need for writing. We stopped at anything that jumped out at us that would be educational and/or fun (eg: cotton fields, salt mines, Ned Kelly's township, Crystal Caves etc). We did maths in the sand, bookwork in the parks and environmental studies in the bush.

We took one little suitcase of workbooks and stationery, arts and craft supplies etc. After a year we relented and got a DVD player for the car but only to be used in short bursts and even these can be educational programmes. We also kept a diary at all times full of brochures and write-ups at the end of a day.

We would go so far as to have full-on birthday celebrations while driving, making preparations and decorations and having gourmet picnics on our laps. We bought lap trays with cup holders to make eating manageable. We also bought a 'car organiser' that you strap onto the back of the front seats so our child had space to put her reading books and colouring books, pens, crayons, stickers, card games, snacks and water bottle etc (note: take only felt tips or crayons as they don't need sharpening therefore less mess).


We mostly took our own food (non-perishable, tin meats, baked beans, tuna, etc) in plastic tubs. We would buy fresh supplies of fruit and vegies often. We tried hard to stay clear of take-away food and lollies. Carrot and celery sticks, nuts and raisins, dates and apricots are great snacking food with a lollipop thrown in now and then. Even our coffee stops were self-made. A large thermos flask and cappuccino sachets are the way to go. Or tea bags with powdered milk or mini long-life milks and sugar sachets also. Buying half loaves of bread was a better option than having a full loaf go stale. Vegemite in a tube is so much easier to manage and anything you can buy in little sachets is a blessing. A large breadboard was a must as there were times we would have all the cheeses, olives and crackers and 'platter food' as a special treat.

It was an exercise in itself to balance everything and keep everything in its designated spot. You may be wondering why we didn't just stop at parks to eat. We did often, but some days required very long drives to get to specific locations. We even had a sturdy, canvas rubbish bin that attached to the passenger door handle and we would use dog poo bags (empty of course) as our rubbish bags as they were supplied in parks if we ever ran out and are the perfect size. And paper plates are a must to avoid too many dishes, although we did have a full picnic set with our pots and pans, cups and cutlery.


To save a fortune, we filled another plastic tub with our own washing powder, pegs and even some line wire. A first aid pack, 10 litre casks of water, insect repellent, sunscreen, mozzie coils, toilet rolls, candles, matches, lighters, gas bottles, portable gas cooker, serviettes, camping chairs, camping table, a couple of tarps for multi-uses, hammer, spare tent pegs, torches, radio, spare batteries and all those things you would normally find on an emergency evacuation list. And lots of plastic bags for wet clothing and dirty shoes is vital. We had our Camping Bible - Camping Australia , a great book for all the campsites in Australia. We had fun preparing our stay-overs in advance; firstly looking for animal friendly places (yes we took the dog and guinea pigs), next aiming for free spots, then the cheapest, then ones with drinking water, then ones with warm showers, and so it goes on. This is a great job for the children in the back seat. They can narrow down what type of accommodation is needed if you have run out of food and need shops, or haven't had a decent shower for a day or two or sometimes you take a glorious location in the national parks over a busy caravan park. You take the caravan park if you need to catch up on your clothes washing and dryer facilities.

We have a roof-top tent so we felt like tortoises. Setting up camp everyday, then pulling it all down again and putting everything back in its spot. Organisation is the key, trying to keep the chaos at bay and feeling like the 'housekeeping' is still under control. Involving the children at all times, teaching them to be helpful, useful, resourceful and cooperative while having fun at the same time. And if it's not fun at times, they need to learn that also.

Writing this has made me feel incredibly restless and I feel another adventure coming on. I love being a gypsy (now) but was always a home-girl at heart. I know now how much fun it is camping, exploring, homeschooling and keeping the family unit together while having so much fun. And, as a special bonus, you will save more money than you can imagine. No rent, no mortgage, no furniture and no real housework!

PS: We also had a little black bag with our passports and emergency contacts, address books and bank accounts and any official paperwork. We stopped at friend's places to leave the car and/or animals when we went overseas or a couple of times we took the boat to Tasmania. Which reminds me to remind you, if travelling with animals to be sure they have their up-to-date vaccinations cards should you need them to board planes, trains, boats etc. And it's always a good idea for all humans to have up-to-date health checks and carry any medical supplies you need or use regularly. And make sure you have all your internet details, memory sticks, mobile phones with chargers, cameras, laptops and gadgets if you need them and power supply units for the car if going bush. My partner needs his computer for work, so there were times we had all sorts of gadgets connected to the car lighter for internet reception and power. So remember EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE and you can HAVE IT ALL even when travelling away from home. ENJOY!

Great Reasons to Home School

Welcome Home! A place to discuss anything relating to Home Schooling. A place to share ideas and brainstorm with each other. A place to encourage and support the many different methods of Home Schooling. A place to provide feedback for any questions that arise without judgement. To share our opinions in a respectful manner. To provide knowledge, to help overcome some of the challenges that present themselves. To hear from the Students not just the Teachers. We can learn from many. "School is not your whole world - the whole world is your school". Let's unite, share, learn and grow. Visit https://www.facebook.com/educationideas

see also: Travelling and Homeschooling

Was this article helpful? Was it worth $1.00 to you? Your gift of $1 or more helps to keep this site operating offering encouragement and reassurance to families wanting better outcomes for their children.

Thank you for your gift contribution!

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.

"You've been an inspiration to me, I love the way
you really listen to people."

"Whenever I read your writing I always come away
with increased confidence in my ability to provide and
share a wonderful learning journey with my family!"

"Your guidance, understanding, support and words of
wisdom changed our lives. We now offer support and
organise many homeschooling events for others."

"Thank you once again for your prompt and friendly service.
I am convinced that your books are going to add
quality and peace of mind to my journey of teaching my kids
at home! Just from studying your website, until almost
2am in the morning, I 've been encouraged!"

"Thank you for all your many,many reassuring words
over many, many years. You probably don't know exactly how valuable you are to the Australian Home Education community. I've been reading your stuff for maybe 8 years or more now. And I'm very grateful."

Want to learn how to write your own education plans to suit
your unique children's individual learning needs?

Looking for quality curriculum and teaching tips?

Welcome to the World of Home Education
and Learning without School!

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


Getting Started with
Home Educating Series of


#1 Create Your
Own Curriculum

#2 DIY Lesson Plans
& Unit Studies

#3 Recording and Evaluation Made Simple

$10.00 each (includes postage)

let experienced home educators Beverley, Tamara and April walk you through HOW to create a learning plan that builds on solid foundations that works for YOUR family AND ticks all the boxes for home educaton registration with part 1 of this getting started with home educating serioes of parent workbooks, Create Your Own Curriculum!
Let experienced home educators Beverley, Tamara and April walk you through HOW to create a learning plan that builds on solid foundations that works for YOUR family AND ticks all the boxes for home educaton registration!

To see the full range of Beverley Paine's books on homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning visit Always Learning Books

Tap into Beverley's experience
through her books

"Your books, your blogs helped me beyond words... they helped me to find comfort in knowing it is ok to choose exactly what is best for my family." Nisha

"Your books and information are mind blowing and already I am feeling good about this new experience." Diane

"Your guidance, understanding, support & words of wisdom changed our lives." Leslie

"I feel specially inspired by Beverley's words and, the more I read her comments, the more inspired I feel, since my need for support, respect for different parenting styles, and information are fully met." Marijo
purchase Beverley's practical and common sense books on homeschooling and unschooling
Connect with Beverley and ask questions
through her online The Educating Parents Homeschooling and Unschooling Facebook support group

Australia's premier online annual conferences, lifetime access to video and audio recordings, freebies, notes and associated resource guides.


$29 each 2023 2022 2021
$25 each 2020 2019 2017

"Biggest and best Aussie homeschool event of the year!"

The information on this website is of a general nature only and is not intended as personal or professional advice. This site merges and incorporates 'Homeschool Australia' and 'Unschool Australia'.

The Educating Parent acknowledges the Traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Owners, the Custodians of Australia, and pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people viewing this website.

complete comprehensive step by step program that teaches you how to craft your ultimate homeschool

Australia's best home education consultant, let Tamara Kidd guide and help you prepare your home education registration application or review

Online science lessons for primary school aged home educating children

30% discount for purchases from ReadyEd Publications when you use the code 'homeschool' at  the checkout

reset your mindset for homeschooling success with deschooling essentials a quick course to help build your confidence as an educating parent

200 pages of templates, planning pages, tables, prompts and record sheets to organise your whole year!

subscription video art lessons by Australian artist

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.

animated Australian flag

Without revenue from advertising
by educational suppliers and Google Ads
we could not continue to provide information
to home educators. Please support us by letting
our advertisers know that you found them on
The Educating Parent. Thanks!

Beverley's books are excellent for building confidence as a home educator says Tracey, homeschooling mum.

Support Centre
Contact Us | Join a Support Group | Beverley's Books | Resource Directory | Blog | Donate

About The Educating Parent
Beverley Paine | April Jermey and Always Learning Books | Advertise with us


What is Home Education Why Home Educate Getting Started & Registering Different Ways to Home Educate
Life as a Home Educator Resources & Support Teens and Beyond Curriculum and Teaching Tips
Unschooling & Natural Learning Travelling & Home Educating Record Keeping Children's Pages

animated smiling face Thank you for visiting!

Beverley Paine, The Educating Parent
The opinions and articles included on this website are not necessarily those of Beverley and Robin Paine,
nor do they endorse or recommend products listed in contributed articles, pages, or advertisements.
This website uses browsing cookies and conducts other means to collect user information in order to display contextual ads.
Text and images on this site © All Rights Reserved 1999-2023.