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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 Crow

by Thomas, aged 7

     Joe shot his new arrow into the crows body and then the crow dropped to the ground. Joe walked over to the crows punctured body and saw blood all over the dead grass and then Joe ripped the arrow out of the crows body and more blood pored on to the dead grass then Joe was satisfied with his new arrow then he walked home with the crows punctured body.

     When Joe got home he saw the village he lived in was destroyed. then he really was angry at the evil King Zalak. Joe ran to the next village and ran into the tavern and puffing and panting he told the people in the tavern what happened.

     They were really angry when they heard what happened they really hated King Zalak now they had a excuse to attack the King's army.

      They prepared their villagers and prepared for a sneak attack. But first they needed more fighters they decided that they would go to the next inn. When they got to the castle gates they got attacked by arrows from behind. They jumped up and charged for the group of archers. The villagers pulled out their swords and their bows and attacked the archers.

     Only a few of the villagers got injured but all of the archers were injured or dead or had ran away. Two of the men volunteered to take the injured back to the village.

     Joe said, "Now we have only got ten people," as he counted the villagers.

     They walked to the castle gates and the guards attacked the villagers and the villagers cut the guards throats and smashed the castle gates with there sledge hammers.

When they got into the castle they went strait to the inn. They found sum more recruits they fitted them with weapons then they left.


     They just got there and they were sneaking up on the gates to the evil King Zalak's castle.

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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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