New to Homeschooling?
A quick guide to the Homeschool Australia suite of web sites.
My name is Beverley Paine and I began homeschooling my children in 1986. Wow! It often feels like a life time ago and then suddenly those days come back in my mind, fresh, wonderful, full of joy - and - full of worry. Worry that I didn't know what I was doing, or worry that I had no right to 'experiment' with my children's education like this, or worry that I wasn't doing enough...
Now that my children are adults, making their own way in the world I feel as confident as any parent can be... We're very proud of the adults our children have become and know that we, and the unusual education choices we offered them, are responsible. It's a good feeling.
Home educating them has been the most wonderful journey. It really does work!
About a decade ago I launched my first web site and have been hooked ever since.
You have at your fingertips on the Homeschool Australia site hundreds of articles in our Homeschool Australia Library:
In addition, there are hundreds more subject specific articles on our Australia Curriculum Library.
Are you looking for resources, support groups and local contacts? Browse the entries on our Australian Home Education Directory page. Don't forget to visit the Aussie Homeschool Blogs page - reading these is the easiest way to find out how other people learn at home with their children.
Can't find what you are looking for? There is a good chance it will be on the Home Education Association Inc. of Australia web site.
If you are a South Australian homeschoolers you'll find contact information and more on my South Australian Network page.
For the children there is Unschool~Kidz, a web site for them to publish online their stories, poetry, drawings, projects and a whole lot more!
My book, Getting Started with Homeschooling Practical Considerations for Parents of School Aged Children is a manual that will take you through the steps needed to write your own tailor-made curriculum for your children. Hundreds of Australian families have purchased this book and used it to help them teach their children at home. Nothing is as successful as working out your own learning programs for your children, to suit their individual learning styles and needs, as well as your unique family situation. Totally personalise your children's education with the information and guidance of this book!
At our Always Learning Books online bookstore you'll also find other book and booklets I've written on home educating children over the last decade and a half, including inexpensive booklets on helping your children learn how to read and write, as well what to say to people who ask you why your children aren't in school...
If you'd like ongoing support from myself and like-minded others please join any of my online support groups:
Homeschool Australia FAQ (frequently asked questions) focuses on friendly, 'on-topic' support. Any one can ask a question and there's a good chance they'll get up to half a dozen different replies, all of them from homeschoolers who are experiencing or have experienced the same issue. We don't spend time debating or pushing particular dogmas - this is a practical and helpful forum for sharing home education information, tips, resources, etc.
Learning Naturally is a group for families that want to explore living and learning simply. It's support group for families willing to learn to let go of the need to educate their children to fit into niches society create for them, and allow them to develop their unique abilities and talents and grow in a natural, healthy way.
Homeschool Australia Newsletter is a list for announcing the uploading of the latest issue of my regular newsletter. It incorporates my old Daily Homeschooling Tips list and features links to articles published on Homeschool Australia and other home education websites, as well as news, letters, resources, the odd article or two and homeschooling humour.
National Home Education Week is a group set up to help organise events during National Home Education Week held each year.
Aussie Homeschool Campers is for Australian homeschooling families interested in going on camping treks together. We don't have to go as one group, we can go in small groups, on big or small treks, even to local places. The aim of this group is to facilitate communication between those of us with 'wanderlust'!
Robin and I have 'retired' to concentrate on creating our property, Bungala Ridge Permaculture Gardens, into a sustainable haven for us and our family for generations to come. It's a wonderful project begun when our children were small - an integral part of their education. It the base from which I continue to write and publish articles and books about home education and the learning process.
"What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are really meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us." Julia Cameron
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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.
I am currently giving this site a much needed facelift!
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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!
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