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Since 1989 Beverley Paine has steadfastly promoted and supported home education as an educational choice for Australia families. Her books and websites aim to demystify education, gently deschooling families so that they may meet their children's individual and unique educational and developmental needs. Her honesty, insights and wealth of experience continues to bring hope, reassurance and confidence to families.

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.

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Did you know that cooking is one of the most educational activities you can do? It's so easy to learn and practice math skills when cooking or preparing food. Reading recipes, writing shopping lists, working out quantities and planning meals are all educational tasks! Not to mention dabbling in elementary chemistry by mixing ingredients together and watching what happens. Cooking is education magic!

The children who have contributed items for this website live in Australia and all are educated at home by their parents.

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Branden's Special Sultana Cake

"This is a brerakfast cake! And it is YUMMY!"

1 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup butter 1 egg - beaten 1/2 sultanas In a mixing bowl combine flour, sugar and sultanas. Melt butter, add milk and egg. Pour into a greased/ lined log tin, bake 45 mins or until skewer comes out clean. Serve with butter.

Spaghetti sauce

1 ½ Tbsp butter
1 Onion - chopped
1 clove garlic - crushed
410 g tinned tomatoes- (good Italian Roma tomatoes are best)
¼ cup dry red wine
½ cup water (or chicken stock)
2 tsp tomato paste
1 chicken stock cube - crumbled (or fresh stock instead of water)
1 tsp corn flour
1 Tbsp water (extra)
1 tsp sugar
Herbs out of the garden -especially parsl e y and basil

M ethod:
Melt the butter in a saucepan
Soften the onion and garlic in butter
Add undrained tomatoes, wine, water and stock cube (or fresh stock) and tomato paste
Bring to boil
Reduce heat.  Simmer uncovered 10 minutes
Stir in blended cornflour and extra water.  Stir constantly over high heat until mixture boils and thickens.  Stir in sugar and herbs.  Serve tomato sauce with hot pasta.

Marshmallows freeze well

2 Tbsp Gelatin
  cups Sugar
1 cupwater
Vanilla flavour

Dissolve gelatin in water
Place in saucepan
Add sugar
Stir over gentle heat to dissolve
Pour into bowl.  Allow to cool
Beat on high speed until mixture is white and fluffy.
Add colour and flavour
Keep beating (and beating.) until very thick. 
(You should be able to draw a number 8 in it with a knife but each time I've made this, I can't.  When mine is pretty thick, I just put it in the fridge and it still sets. So don't give up)
Put into a tray
Put it in the fridge to set
By the next morning it will be set and you can cut it up and roll it in coconut.

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Welcome to the world of home education - learning without school! We officially began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were each 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. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
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