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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.

Home education is a legal alternative to school education in Australia. State and Territory governments are responsible for regulating home education and have different requirements, however home educating families are able to develop curriculum and learning programs to suit the individual needs of their children.
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Getting Started with Homeschooling in the Australian Capital Territory

Congratulations on your decision to teach your children at home!

This page will give you some clues as to what to do next... There is a LOT of information available on the internet and hopefully this brief guide will get started.

My name is Beverley Paine and I began home educating in 1985, which means my three children are now all adults. They are all happy they had the opportunity to learn at home and in the community rather than at school.

These pages in the ACT section of the Homeschool Australia website are still under construction - please email Beverley if you need information urgently.

For more information about home education in the ACT see:

First of all I'd like to reassure you that homeschooling is a legal alternative to school based education for children in the ACT. Secondly, you aren't alone in your decision to home educate! There are hundreds of families registered with the Education Department (see my other article on registering as a home educator in the ACT).

There are several home educating support groups in the ACT and these offer companionship and support for parents and children, as well as educational opportunities, excursions, activities and camps. Home educators seek the best education possible for their children and make use of the whole community, learning from many sources and in many different environments, as well as the home.

A good place to start home educating is by reading as much as you can about home education. It will be daunting at first because there is SO much information! There are hundreds of free articles on this website to get you started! Click on articles index to be taken to our sitemap and then select the category and you'll be taken to a list of articles on that topic.

I've written quite a few books and booklets for Aussie homeschoolers - links to these can be found in the right hand column on this page. I take a personalized approach to education and my book Getting Started with Homeschooling is a practical manual that describes how you can write your own learning programs and build your own curriculum to suit your family and your individual children rather than buying one off the shelf. A do-it-yourself curriculum isn't hard to create and doesn't take long to do. Visit other homeschooling families and join a support group so that you can see how easy it really is!

If you wish to share your experiences as a home educator or would like to make contact with other homeschooling families in your area please consider listing yourself as a contact person on our support groups page.

I am looking for a volunteer to help write this section of the Homeschool Australia website. If you are interested, please email. In the meantime I am collecting links to information that may be helpful. If you want to add a link email me.

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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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