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!
Why Families Homeschool
© Beverley Paine
The reasons families chose to begin or continue homeschooling tend to change over time as the benefits become more apparent. Some of the reasons, cited in research include:
- A marked lack of confidence in state related institutions, with a tendency toward conservative view points;
- Lack of direct influence in determining curriculum and school agendas;
- Opposition to the ideological content of school programs and/or methodology used;
- Conflicting value orientations of home and schools;
- Need for individualised attention for children with special needs (gifted and talented and specific learning problems);
- Focus on perceived gains in social development from home education, with a strong emphasis on family unity and relationships;
- Concern with declining academic standards in schools;
- Perceived lack of availability of educational programs to suit individual children's learning needs, styles, rates and interests;
- Avoidance of negative peer influences and damaging socialisation experiences;
- Perceived lack of attention in schools to holistic development of children, including spiritual:
- Strong parental sense of primary responsibility for children's education, with a need to have access to, and some control over, their children's educational experiences as a strong motivational factor;
- Offers solutions to present or potential educational problems, sometimes as a result of deterioration of communications and hostile relationships between families and schools;
- Parents' own educational experiences, or memories of unhappy or unsuccessful personal experiences of schooling;
- High cost of alternative and private schooling, including correspondence education;
- Lack of educational and schooling choice in local area;
- Opposition to the competitive nature of schooling, grading or testing;
- Perceived gains in autonomous home learning programs, independent study skills and higher student motivation;
- The development in parents of a stronger sense of satisfaction with their own lives through directing their children's education;
- Home education offers a natural learning and socialising environment as opposed to the contrived and artificial environments and learning programs of schools.
Each homeschooling family undertakes a journey, an adventure in home learning that is not static, but flexible, responding the to ever changing conditions, situations and opportunities that active learning brings.This creates a diverse range of homeschooling practices, but the following characteristics are common to most homeschooling situations.
- The practice of home education follows closely from the reasons for choosing it and from lifestyle choices.
- Parents are highly interested in children's personal, social and spiritual development.
- Both parents are actively involved in home educating their children with the mother generally fulfilling the role of 'teacher' most of the time.
- Most, though not all, parents have attended or graduated from some kind of tertiary education.
- Learning programs tend to move from formal structured activities to generally more informal, spontaneously generated learning activities, with time and experience.
- Learning programs tend to be flexible and highly individualised with use of both home made and purchased curriculum materials.
- Home educated students study a wide range of subjects, including conventional school ones.
- Many families are interested and involved in home birth, breast feeding, and healthy lifestyle choices.
- A variety of religious beliefs are represented among home educating families.
See the following articles for additional information :
Was this article helpful? Was it worth $1.00 to you?
Your gift of $1 or more helps to keep this site operating
and reassurance to families
better outcomes for their children.
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.
"You've been an inspiration to me, I love the way
you really listen to people." Vanessa
"Whenever I read your writing I always come away
with increased confidence in my ability to provide and
share a wonderful learning journey with my family!" Davina
"Your guidance, understanding, support and words of
wisdom changed our lives. We now offer support and
organise many homeschooling events for others." Lesley
"Thank you once again for your prompt and friendly service.
I am convinced that your books are going to add
quality and peace of mind to my journey of teaching my kids
at home! Just from studying your website, until almost
in the morning, I 've been encouraged!" Louisa
"Thank you for all your many,many reassuring words
over many, many years. You probably don't know exactly how
valuable you are to the Australian Home Education community.
I've been reading your stuff for maybe 8 years or more now.
And I'm very grateful." Gythaa
A gift of any size, small or large, is greatly appreciated.
By contributing, even as little as $1, you are helping to inform, encourage, reassure and support parents live closer, happier lives with their children.
I am currently giving this site a much needed facelift!
If you experience difficultiess accessing any page can you
please email me the link? Thank you.
The information on this website is of
a general nature only and is not intended
as personal or professional advice.
This site merges and incorporates
'Homeschool Australia' and 'Unschool Australia'.
Advertise with The Educating Parent
Without revenue from advertising
educational suppliers and Google Ads
we could not continue to provide information
to home educators. Please support us by letting
our advertisers know
that you found them on
The Educating Parent. Thanks!