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Achieving Standards and Covering the Curriculum
by Beverley Paine, April 2015
Marrissa asked: "How much of the standardised stuff, etc, home educating parents think is important and how much of it is left out of the way you teach your kids."
Home educators generally cover much the same material as schools do but in very different ways and at the student's pace rather than being spoon fed it in chunks that make it easier for schools to manage.
The main thrust of primary education is to get the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic - everyone wants this for their children. Home educators put a lot of emphasis on finding resources to work with individual learning styles and needs - something that doesn't happen appropriately or consistently in the classroom.
The other benefit that home education bestows is a natural broadening of the curriculum through everyday life experiences at home and in the community and the wider environment, rather than the contrived simulations set up in the classroom to approximate real learning opportunities. General knowledge and a range of necessary life skills are much easier to grow and cover in the home education environment.
By the time the family reaches high school level as home educators they have become confident at finding and creating resources to cover the more specialised subjects. The internet and communication technologies make it so much easier for children of any age to study more thoroughly and in depth any subject or topic at any level, including university level.
Registered families need to demonstrate they are complying with the regulations, providing their children with an appropriate education and social opportunities.
The ability to specialise early together with the increased ability to acquire a broad education combined with the increased attention from more experienced others keen to help the child learn naturally translates into quality educational experiences.
Home education is a commitment and it's challenging but it is also immensely rewarding.
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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.
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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