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Homeschooling in Action!

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Home education is non-stop - it includes all of the activities a family does in a day, week, month or year. Some families take 'time off' regular activities during school holiday times; others simply continuing doing what they do every week. One of the benefits of home education is that families can visit and enjoy popular attractions during non-peak times - we're not restricted to weekends or holiday periods. Shopping and educational excursions can be done when these venues are almost deserted, meaning less distraction, greater concentration, more learning opportunities...

Homeschooling isn't 'sitting at a desk doing bookwork' all day, as these following photos show. It's about becoming involved in the local community, enjoying and learning about the natural and cultural environment and doing many hands-on activities. Homeschooling isn't always fun, but it's always interesting!

families gather around a campfire on the beach at a homeschooling camp
Beach fire at a Victor Harbor
homeschooling camp.
presentation of a science fair project
Solar power demonstration for
  a community science fair.
homeschooling fosters friendships among all age groups
Friends, Kristen (3) and April (15)
learn to play the guitar together during
  a homeschool gathering.
learning a variety of life skills as well as academic subjects
April and Roger learn how to make
stone garden walls with their Dad.
time to learn in their own way at their own pace
Roger and Thomas learn to program Visual
Basic on their lap-top computer.
chance to explore the natural environment
April, Thomas and Roger Bushwalking.
physical exercise and skills are important aspects of the homeschool learning program
Roger performing on a rola-bola during
a community Circus Training Workshop.
children caring for animals and the environment
The children learn about the
environment at Warrawong Sanctuary.
opportunities to have fun while learning to play musical instruments
Roger and April playing piano
with Beverley watching.
homeschooling children studying the basics in the traditional way
April and Roger at the dining room
  table doing English and Maths.
hands on learning is important in homeschooling
At fifteen, Roger is self-sufficient and
highly skilled in many practical areas.
happy children playing with clay
April and Roger explore the properties of clay
and enjoy making small pots and figurines.
learning new skills on homeschool excursions
Homeschooling group make pasties
during visit to Vilies Bakery.
exploring old toys in educationally new ways
Educational challenges are usually fun:
Tristan, Thomas and Roger build Lego towers.

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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.

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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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