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About Home Education

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Home educating families face the same objections and get asked the same questions over and again. Beverley draws on her 3 decades of experience to help parents feel confident when answering the many objections and comments relatives, friends and strangers raise. She offers a selection of answers to over a dozen of the most popularly voiced objections to homeschooling you are likely to encounter.
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Answering Objections to Homeschool

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Finding the 'right' curriculum can be daunting... Beverley summarises the most popular approaches and guides you to asking the kind questions that will help you determine if it is the one that will work for your child and suit your family's situation.
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Approaches and Methods

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A refreshing practical approach to unschooling based on the needs of the child and family which demystifies and simplifies the philosophy and practice of this style of home education. Using a question and answer approach Beverley Paine uses real examples (with names changed) to help parents better understand how natural learning and unschooling can enhance learning from home.
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At Our Place... What Home Education Looks Like

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Benefits and Disadvantages

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Over 60 fundamental questions asked by families new to homeschooling are answered in this 36 page booklet, including how much does it cost, is it possible with large families, how much time a day does it take, is it legal, where to find resources and materials, etc.
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Beyond Homeschooling, see also Teenage Home Education

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Blogs by Home Educators

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Book and Curriculum Reviews

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Boredom, see also Motivation

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Charlotte Mason

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Dads / Fathers

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Distance Education and Schools

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Defence Services Homeschooling Families

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Evaluation - see Recording

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General and Off Topic Subjects

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Getting Started, see also Writing Your Own Curricululm

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Gifted Home Education

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Home Educated 'Graduates' Share

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Homeschoolers in the Media

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Just for Fun

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Learning Difference and Special Needs

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Learning Resources for the Homeschool

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Learning Styles and Preferences

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Legal Considerations

All State and Territory information is now inclulded in our FREE The Educating Parent Resource Directory, a handy pdf you can download onto your mobile phone or computer and refer to whenever you need information about getting started, registering, finding a local support group, and more. To add your support group, family business, homeschooling or unschooling blog to our Reource Directory please email Beverley, The Educating Parent.

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Maintaining Confidence

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Managing & Organising Homeschool Life

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Motivation, see also Boredom

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Natural Learning Approach, see also Unschooling

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Networks and Support Groups, see also Socialisation

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Online Support Groups

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Our Readers Recommend...

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Overcoming 'Burn Out' and Feeling Overwhelmed

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Part-Time Home Education and School Attendance

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Preparing the Learning Environment

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Preschool Homeschooling

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Recording and Evaluating, see also Writing Your Own Curriculum

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Sample Learning Programs

Local home educating support groups usually collect examples of approved learning plans and reviews - look in the Support Groups Resource Directory to find a state or local group. Although some of the learning programs and plans below are years old they will offer you some idea of how families home educate their children, record and evaluate.

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School-At-Home Approach

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Single Parent Homeschooling Families, see also Working Homeschooling Parents

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Socialisation, see also Networks and Support Groups

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Teaching Strategies

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Teenagers and Homeschooling, see also Beyond Homeschooling

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Travelling and Homeschooling

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Typical Homeschool Days or Weeks

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Unschooling Approach, see also Natural Learning Approach

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Why We Homeschool

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Working and Homeschool, see also Single Parent Homeschooling Families

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Writing Your Own Curriculum

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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.

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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

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'.

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to suit the individual needs of their children.

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