Topping Up: Providing Extra Tutoring for Schooled Children
© Beverley Paine
"My 12 year old son is at present between schools but, in any case is in need of extra tutoring work at home. Do you know of any web sites that has good free worksheets in English and Maths which he could with little supervision."
I don't know, off hand, of any specific resources for worksheets you can use that are Australian based on the internet, but wonder if you'd had a chance to visit an educational supplier like Dymocks or Educational Aids Dominie? Workbooks aren't expensive and can save a lot of time in the long run. Contact any of these Australian homeschool suppliers, all of whom stock Australian written material.
I prefer an unschooling approach to education which focuses on teaching and learning through passionately pursuing one's interests and hobbies and taking an interest in what's happening in the world and local community around me and getting involved. It's amazing how holistic this kind of education can be, with the kids 'absorbing' skills in every subject area with little effort. I've written several articles about unschooling and natural learning which you'll find listed in the Articles Index. Or use the search function to find specific articles on each subject.
Written by Amy Silver and Grace Llewellyn (of The Teenage Liberation Handbook), Guerrilla Learning is packed with ideas on how to give your children a real education - with or without schools. Revolutionary and inspiring, Guerrilla Learning explains what's wrong (and what's useful) about our traditional school and shows you how to take charge of your family's education to raise thinking, creative young people despite the constraints of traditional schooling.
In a nutshell, Guerrilla Learning means taking responsibility for your own education." It means supporting your children to think clearly and seriously about their goals, interests, and values, then act accordingly. It's about being encouraging your children to emulate your example of thinking, reading, discussing and creating, and continuously engaging in the world of ideas and culture. The authors show how parents can help their children can get a real education by helping the child find something about which they are interested, and proceed from there.
The process includes five phases:
You'll find the book on Amazon or any good online bookstore.
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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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