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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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Uncritical of a World Gone Mad:
War Animals

Alicia attended the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to learn more about animal's role in war and peace keeping times, displayed in the 'Animals in War' exhibition.
A salute to the daily duties and admirable  deeds of the countless animals who have worked to enrich our lives. Pets and mascots were evidence of humanity in most awful conditions.

Driver , a expert rodent catcher in First World War trenches of France and Belgium, was successfully smuggled home to Sydney in 1919 by his master Leslie.

Sandy , wearing the bridle given to Sandy by Lady Bridges, went to war in Egypt 1915. After Sandy's owner, General Bridges died in battle, Sandy was taken to France to serve. Returning home to Melbourne in 1918 after quarantine in England. Sandy was the only horse to return home.

Buff the German messenger dog was lured with food and captured by our soldiers during World War 1. This took place at the trenches outside Villers Bretonneux. Nicknamed 'Digger', Buff was regarded a trophy. Loyalty is a defining trait for dogs, but for a hungry dog engaged in war, food is a good enough lure to break ranks.

Maxine's Camel . Purchased for her 2nd birthday by her father in 1941 serving in Syria. Taking four weeks or more to reach Ballarat, Maxine received the camel after news of her father's death, now a treasure in memory of her father Private Geoffrey Maxwell Wheeler.

Mrs. Cowie outside of Sydney, cared for pets of men on active service.

Accidently killed by a vehicle, soldiers held a special service for Merlin before his burial at Tarin Kowt. Pictured below checking items at a local market with handler (and mate) Peter Lawlis, Afghanistan 2007.

The horses (Walers) were unsuited for the Western Front, as mounted soldiers were no match for artillery, or the trenches and barbed wire. However, they excelled in the desert condition of the Middle East.

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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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