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Choosing Homeschool Curriculum: What to Consider
© Beverley Paine 2011
Legal constraints: do your research
Firstly, find out if there are any constraints on what you can legally teach where you live. In some states and territories, home education registration or exemption from attending school is dependent on meeting the minimum requirements of the local curriculum framework, guidelines or syllabus. Copies of these are available on the internet.
Home education is defined in Australia as the parents taking direct responsibility for the education of their children in the home. It does not include the hiring of a paid tutor to teach all school subjects - that falls under different regulations and if you are considering this you need to carefully check your state or territory laws for more information.
However, in Australia you are free to choose the method or approach you use to help your children learn. It can be different for each area of learning or developmental stage, and may include:
What you choose will be based on your understanding of your children.
For more information about home education legislation and regulations read Is it Legal? The Home Education Association of Australia also has information and contacts that could be of assistance.
See also the other articles in this Choosing Curriculum series:
Or purchase Beverley's inexpensive Practical Homeschooling Series booklet from Always Learning Books - over 40 pages of practical information explaining the different approaches as well as useful and helpful advice.
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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.
Want to learn how to write your own education plans to suit
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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