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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.

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Local Boys see Dr. Andy Thomas
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first published in Toby's and Luke's local paper

Photo of Luke and Toby with Andy ThomasThe Investigator Science and Technology Centre planned a special event by first asking educators registered as members to submit their interest in attending. The staff at the Investigator knew it would be very popular so initially planned a random draw, with those successful being able to attend with a maximum of two students per school to this very special event. Because of the overwhelming response they were able to get a venue in the Wayville Showgrounds.

The result was that on Thursday 14th November, 2002 local boys Luke and Toby Herriman attended with over 300 students and teachers to meet NASA Astronaut Dr. Andy Thomas.

The Investigator Science and Technology Centre staff true to their form introduced Dr. Thomas by showing the audience some examples of jet propelled first using a very energetic and noisy balloon and then a "Coke bottle" space shuttle which shot across the auditorium on a guide wire at such a speed that it surprised us all.

Andy spoke and showed a video of his walk in space and of his first two trips in space. After the talk Andy answered questions from the children, Toby (7 years old) was lucky enough to ask "Have you been to any planets? Andy answered "No but I have seen the moon and Venus from space". Andy spent time with the students to take photos and he signed autographs for those who asked.

After the talk we inspected two Toyota Hybrid cars (battery-petrol driven). CMI Toyota have lent this highly efficient car to Dr. Thomas for the month that he is on holiday in South Australia.

Afterward attendees travelled by bus, donated by SERCO so that we could have a BBQ put on by the staff at the Investigator Science and Technology Centre.

Everyone had a great time and we appreciated the work the Investigator staff had put into making the day a great success. We appreciated the time Andy had put into talking with us and were so happy how easy he was to understand. He truly is a very humble, down to earth person who has achieved so much, someone who all South Australians can be very proud of, we certainly are. The event was even covered on Channel 7 television news. You can visit the Investigator Science and Technology Centre on the web at It is also well worth the visit as the displays are interactive, with heaps to do.

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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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