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Are You Ready to be an Educating Parent?
© Beverley Paine
Before you begin or start worrying about how to legally register as a homeschooling or unschooling family there are a few things you need to consider...
Are you cut out to be an educating parent?
Do you see yourself as a:
If you answered the last point ... Congratulations! However, if you mentioned yes to any of the above you already have the necessary qualifications needed to homeschool your children.
Further reading: If You Are a Parent You Are Already Educating Your Child!
What does it take to be a homeschooler?
Anyone can teach their children at home if they are willing...
There is no 'one way' or 'right way' to home educate. There is no such thing as a perfect curriculum, or a 'right' or 'wrong' way to teach your child something. Trial and error will help you find what works for your family and each child. And that's okay. It is a natural way to learn and will model essential problem solving skills to your children. You are a learner too - we all are. When we accept that we're learning alongside our children, perhaps not the same things, we build empathy and understanding about the processes involved in learning and are much more sympathetic educating parents.
Life-long learners start their education at home. You taught your children everything they learned before they went to school. Spend a moment thinking about what this means.
" Education is not a preparation for life; Education is life itself."
" I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions
It is too easy to underestimate or undervalue the teaching skills that naturally come with parenting!
Try this simple de-schooling exercise: Think about everything your children could do and knew before they started school. How did they learn these things? There were no teachers. No special learning aids or specialised equipment. There wasn't even a curriculum.There you were, with no specific teaching skills, and probably less experience, teaching your children, expecting and obtaining success!
Children don't really need schools, or teachers, or books, to learn. They are exceptional learners from birth. You are already a capable teacher!
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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.
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
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'.
The Educating Parent acknowledges the Traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Owners, the Custodians of Australia, and pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people viewing this website.
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