Welcome to the World of Home Education and Learning Without School!
We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged 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 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!
Are You Ready?
© Beverley Paine
Before you begin or start worrying about how to legally register as a homeschooling family there are a few things you need to consider...
Are you cut out to be a homeschooling parent?
Do you see yourself as a:
If you answered the last point ... Congratulations! You have the necessary qualifications needed to homeschool your children.
Further reading: If You Are a Parent You Are Already Educating Your Child!
What does it take to be a homeschooler?
Anyone can teach their children at home if they are willing...
There is no 'one way' or 'right way' to homeschool. There is no such things as a perfect curriculum. Trial and error will help you find what works for your family and each child. And that's okay.
Life-long learners start their education at home. You taught your children everything they learned before they went to school. Spend a moment thinking about what this means.
" Education is not a preparation for life; Education is life itself."
" I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions
It is too easy to underestimate or undervalue the teaching skills that naturally come with parenting!
Try this simple de-schooling exercise: Think about everything your children could do and knew before they started school. How did they learn these things? There were no teachers. No special learning aids or specialised equipment. There wasn't even a curriculum.There you were, with no specific teaching skills, and probably less experience, teaching your children, expecting and obtaining success!
Children don't really need schools, or teachers, or books, to learn. They are exceptional learners from birth. You are already a capable teacher!
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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 support of national, state, regional and local home education groups.
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Beverley Paine, The Educating Parent
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