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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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The children who have contributed items for this website live in Australia and all are educated at home by their parents.
A BIG THANK YOU goes to everyone who has sent stories for our Kids Pages! To find out how to send us your short story read the submission guidelines. As you can see by the stories below, your story can be any length and include illustration!
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The Dwarf, the Unicorn and the Dragon
Once there was a dwarf who lived in a house next to Wonder Wood where fairy tale creatures come to life.
One day dwarf was walking in the wood when he heard someone crying in a cave. It was Jack the dragon. He had lost his horns. "While I was sleeping, I think someone stole them," said Jack.
So, dwarf decided to help Jack to find his horns. The two friends set off. First they met a witch called Jessie. Jack asked, "Have you seen my horns?"
"Yes I think I saw Scott the troll with them in his arms," said Jessie.
So they decided to set off again. But Jack bumped his head on a coconut tree and two big leaves fell on him to become his wings. But he still did not know how to fly. Soon they found Scott, but he did not have Jack's horns.
"I think I saw Jake the giant drop them in to the volcano on Death Hill," he said.
So they set of once again. It was three hours before they got to the top. The volcano was very smoky and it was hard to breathe. They walked on the edge of the volcano, then suddenly Jack fell in. Jack tried to fly but it was too late and he fell into the lava.
Dwarf shouted "Jack, are you okay?" No-one answered. Then suddenly Jack came flying up. "I'm flying!" he said. But Jack got a cold from flying up too high and when he sneezed, out came a flame of fire.
Then dwarf shouted, "Jack come down and pick me up so we can get going and ask the next creature we meet if they have your horns"
The next creature they met was Alex the unicorn and she had Jack's horns.
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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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