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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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Poetry Collection

Poems can make us slow down and think, they can make us feel happy or sad, they tell us about ourselves and the world in which we live. Poetry is a special way of sharing our thoughts and feelings with others. Did you know that all songs are poems!

If you've written a song or a poem and want to share it with others we'd love to publish it on our Kids Pages. Poems can be long or short, funny, sad, about anything subject at all! Please find out how to send us your poems in our Submission Guidelines.

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by Sam, age 10

Shiny brown acorns
Colourful crunchy leaves
Ripe red apples
Warm windy days
Trees lonely and bare
Autumns here again!

In My Perfect World

by Shannah, age 5

Shannah's poem

Shannah and her cat, Kitty.

Shannah and her cat, Kitty.

Roger's Poet-Tree

them fly
up so high
I want to be

The Crow
Black, Sleek, Powerful
Watching, Flying, Swooping
Evil, Sinister,Fierce, hungry

Bright, Blood
Shines, Reflects, Flows
Plant, Colour, Blood, Chlorophyll
Absorbing, Disappearing Leaving
Dim, Distant


The following poem is by Luke, age 8

My Stinky Brother

My brother
Farts loudly,
It stinks
Pee ewe,
Mother sobs
That s gross,
Brother laughs
Others die
Gas mask
I survive

Froggy Woggy Beat

by Justin, age 9

I'm a free little frog and I hop where I like.
I like to be wet but
I'm not a pet.
I know three boys who caught me once
I jumped out of their bowl and was free at lunch.
I'm a cool little frog that jumps around
so you stick to your path
and I'll stay under ground.

Jordan's been homeschooling for three weeks. This is his first ever poem as he never did any poetry writing at school. Don't you think it has great pace?

The Slide

by Jordan, age 10

I run up the stairs, to the slide,
When I get to the top I push off,
I begin slowly, but soon I m racing.
I Whoosh around the corners,
Up on the sides I go.
Suddenly I come to a big splash,
The fun has ended,
I want to go again!

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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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