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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 Leaf Skeleton
by Abby, 5
Today two sisters named Imogen and Abby went to play on their favourite tree stump. Sometimes that stump was a camel; sometimes it was a reindeer. This day, however, the stump was covered in black ants. The ants were on the stump because the ground was soggy from many days of rain.
Wandering away from their tree stump, Abby saw a hole in the ground. The sisters peered into that hole and saw a delicate leaf skeleton. Right near that skeleton there was a huntsman spider. He seemed to be sleeping. Abby took the leaf skeleton away quietly so that she didn't disturb the sleeping spider. She gave the leaf skeleton to Imogen who had a really close look at it. Then, Abby took her fragile discovery inside to show her Mum, who said it could be mounted on black paper and hung on a wall. Abby was very proud to have found such a precious treasure.
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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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