Welcome to The Educating Parent Beverley Paine's archive of articles about homeschooling and unschooling written over a period of 30 plus years

HomeAboutBlogArticles Curriculum Resource DirectoryShopKids PagesFacebook


Download our FREE The Educating Parent Resource Directories today! Plus... more FREE resources!

Free download a quick guide to getting started with homeschooling and unschooling by Beverley Paine The Educating Parent in this excellent Resource Directory
Introduction to
Home Education

Download for FREE this huge collection of links to online Australian homeschool and unschool support groups in this special The Educating Parent Resource Directory by Beverley Paine
National and State
Support Groups

Essential Step by Step Guides

#1 Create Your Own Curriculum
#2 DIY Lesson Plans & Unit Studies

Getting Started with Home Educating Series of
let experienced home educators Beverley, Tamara and April walk you through HOW to create a learning plan that builds on solid foundations that works for YOUR family AND ticks all the boxes for home educaton registration!

Beverley Paine, The Educating Parent 
April Jermey, Always Learning Books
Tamara Kidd, Tutor Your Own Child,

Looking for support, reassurance and information?
Join Beverley's The Educating Parents Homeschooling and Unschooling Facebook online group.


Homeschooling Teenagers

© Beverley Paine, January 2009

"How does homeschooling look for other 15 year olds? What happens if my son doesn't want to go to TAFE, and wants to go to University? Can he still homeschool?"

Homeschooling can be anything you want it to be, and for that reason it can look really different from one teen to another. A lot depends on the personality and ambition of the individual student. One young person may be working part time and studying at home, another may be focussing on performance and tailoring an individual curriculum towards getting into an arts academy, a third might still be 'playing'...

Because your son is starting year 9 this year, my advice is to work on his basic skills this year, especially study skills.

Don't worry about TER scores or anything like that until 2010, which is when he can pick a more specialised pathway. My experience is that most children going through school have weak basic skills in English and maths and poor study habits. A student needs these to be successful (and to enjoy) university.

There are some great 'test your child' work books you can use as a guide to see how you son is managing with basic skills.

In addition to improving basic skills I suggest you plan a general 'liberal arts' style education that covers local and Australian history, geography (where things are in the world, and how people use the world's resources), take him to performances, read and discuss books, movies, and games together, make sure he keeps a personal journey and writes in it every day, maybe a 'natural history' journal (where he observes what is happening in nature around him - basic biology, geology, etc - science skills). Go on lots of outings, especially to places of employment. This doesn't have to be formal excursions all the time - simply get out and watch how people work and what they do and talk about it.

It is worth researching what 'study skills' are: I found a great tutorial in the World Book encyclopedia years ago. They don't come naturally and are worth practicing, especially if you son is keen to go to university.

Use 2009 to consolidate and build on basic skills and by the time 2010 comes around your son will be in an excellent position to select the course he wants to do. Getting into TAFE at that age will be easy if he is competent in reading, writing and arithmetic and has good general knowledge and displays excellent study habits.

Keep a record of his homeschooling activities and write a report at the end of the year that summarises those activities and his progress in each subject throughout the year.

Recently someone asked about teenagers and curriculums.

I once wrote this in an official letter regarding Roger's learning program - he is, as most of you know, learning naturally, with no overt structure, or structure applied without his full cooperation and motivated from interests of his own.

"Since 1991 Roger has been studying at home full time instead of attending school. Roger is undertaking a full time study load, with studies in the following areas totally, over 30 hours each week:

  • General Mathematics
  • Computer Studies - Upgrade, Repair, Troubleshooting
  • Information Technology
  • Basic Electronics (some subjects studied through TAFE, Tee Tree
  • Gully Campus, on-line, external)
  • Technology Studies - Furniture Construction & Building, Metal Working
  • English
  • Social & Environmental Studies
  • Art - Appreciation, Critique, Design and Expression
  • Art - Practical
  • Horticultural Studies - Landscaping & Gardening
  • Basic Animal Husbandry
  • Small Business Management (some subjects studied through
  • Adelaide TAFE on a part time, external basis)
  • Work Experience

Roger's level of commitment to his studies and his results are outstanding. As a result of his enthusiasm and dedication to his studies Roger is already receiving recognition in the community through work experience of
the quality of his educational program."

Impressive, eh?

It isn't too difficult to build a recording regime around a natural learning unschooling approach to home education.

Was this article helpful? Was it worth $1.00 to you? Your gift of $1 or more helps to keep this site operating offering encouragement and reassurance to families wanting better outcomes for their children.

Thank you for your gift contribution!

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.

"You've been an inspiration to me, I love the way
you really listen to people."

"Whenever I read your writing I always come away
with increased confidence in my ability to provide and
share a wonderful learning journey with my family!"

"Your guidance, understanding, support and words of
wisdom changed our lives. We now offer support and
organise many homeschooling events for others."

"Thank you once again for your prompt and friendly service.
I am convinced that your books are going to add
quality and peace of mind to my journey of teaching my kids
at home! Just from studying your website, until almost
2am in the morning, I 've been encouraged!"

"Thank you for all your many,many reassuring words
over many, many years. You probably don't know exactly how
valuable you are to the Australian Home Education community.
I've been reading your stuff for maybe 8 years or more now.
And I'm very grateful."

Want to learn how to write your own education plans to suit
your unique children's individual learning needs?

Looking for quality curriculum and teaching tips ?

Over 1000 reassuring and informative articles to help
build your confidence as an Educating Parent

Welcome to the World of Home Education
and Learning without School!

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.

have your best homeschooling year ever by watching all of the aweome videos from over 30 Australian Homeschool Summit workshops featuring Beverley Paine, Kelly George, Tamara Kid, April Jermey and more

Over 30 presentations!

2021 Australian Homeschooling Summit

For $29 you get lifetime access to recordings
of all the workshops, all associated resource guides, dDownload all video and mp3 files
Amazing homeschooling help!

To see the full range of Beverley Paine's books on homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning visit Always Learning Books

Tap into Beverley's experience through her books

"Your books, your blogs helped me beyond words...
they helped me to find comfort in knowing it is ok to choose
exactly what is best for my family." Nisha

"Your books and information are mind blowing and already
I am feeling good about this new experience." Diane

Connect with Beverley and ask questions
through her online The Educating Parents Homeschooling and Unschooling Facebook support groups.

purchase Beverley's practical and common sense books on homeschooling and unschooling
"Your guidance, understanding, support & words of wisdom changed our lives." Leslie

"I feel specially inspired by Beverley's words and, the more I read her comments, the more inspired I feel, since my need for support, respect for different parenting styles, and information are fully met." Marijo

complete comprehensive step by step program that teaches you how to craft your ultimate homeschool

Australia's best home education consultant, let Tamara Kidd guide and help you prepare your home education registration application or review

Online science lessons for primary school aged home educating children

Teach Maths in the way that children learn with MathsUSee by MathsAustralia

30% discount for purchases from ReadyEd Publications when you use the code 'homeschool' at  the checkout

reset your mindset for homeschooling success with deschooling essentials a quick course to help build your confidence as an educating parent

subscription video art lessons by Australian artist

Home education is a legal alternative
to school education in Australia.
State and Territory governments are responsible
for regulating home education and have different
requirements, however home educating families
are able to develop curriculum and learning programs
to suit the individual needs of their children.

animated Australian flag

Without revenue from advertising
by educational suppliers and Google Ads
we could not continue to provide information
to home educators. Please support us by letting
our advertisers know that you found them on
The Educating Parent. Thanks!

Beverley's books are excellent for building confidence as a home educator says Tracey, homeschooling mum.

Support Centre
Contact Us | Join a Support Group | Beverley's Books | Resource Directory | Blog | Donate

About The Educating Parent
Beverley Paine | April Jermey and Always Learning Books | Advertise with us


What is Home Education Why Home Educate Getting Started & Registering Different Ways to Home Educate
Life as a Home Educator Resources & Support Teens and Beyond Curriculum and Teaching Tips
Unschooling & Natural Learning Travelling & Home Educating Other: just for fun, general, etc Children's Pages

animated smiling face Thank you for visiting!

Beverley Paine, The Educating Parent
The opinions and articles included on this website are not necessarily those of Beverley and Robin Paine,
nor do they endorse or recommend products listed in contributed articles, pages, or advertisements.
This website uses browsing cookies and conducts other means to collect user information in order to display contextual ads.
Text and images on this site © All Rights Reserved 1999-2021.