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Homeschool Unschool Australia! Autumn 2013
Here in South Australia we are experiencing another heat wave in a long dry summer while the east coast dreads further flooding rains reminds me of the harsh realities of nature. Understanding nature is a powerful ally in achieving our goals and outcomes and enjoying an efficient, productive, satisfying and contented life. And this translates through everything we do, not just where we chose to live, but how we live and how we live and work as families. Reflections on the new promised columns in the magazine plus plenty of time spent with family and grandchildren and answering questions on my online support groups, gave direction to my thoughts as I put together this issue.
Parenting and motherhood were much on my mind. Home education is different from school: there is no arbitrary barrier or time that says "now it is time for school life, now it is time for home life". Few of us are able to successfully take on separate roles of teaching and parenting. Parenting permeates home education and hence a lot of the questions fielded in support groups discuss parenting and developmental issues. In this issue I write frankly about my perspective and experiences on the parenting element of home education.
I am convinced that living a busy, constructive and productive life as well as building on personal interests and interacting with our communities in healthy ways naturally cover ALL areas of the school curriculum. I came across the idea of permaculture at the same time as home education and both have informed my thoughts and help direct my life for almost 30 years. This issue sees the start of a new series of articles on how I use permaculture principles to design a home education lifestyle.
Writing for and encouraging home educating families sustains me. It's a two way process : as a reader you offer me so much, for which I am very grateful and why I am committed to producing an affordable magazine. Feedback is always welcome and I'd love to hear your ideas about what you'd like to see included in future issues.
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My adult children think it was the bees knees to have the freedom to learn in ways that suited their needs, personalities and preferences when they were kids. I am passionate about helping you feel okay, strong and committed to your choice to home educate your children because I want you to experience the same joy I feel now.
Contents in this issue:
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Beverley Paine with her children, and their home educated children, relaxing at home.
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 supporter of national, state, regional and local home education groups.
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We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since 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. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine
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