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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.

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It Was A Windy Day Today

by Judy, age 6

Once upon a time there was two parrots.  It was such a windy day, they just flew straight through the air.  There was wind everywhere.  There was wind blowing here, there was wind blowing there.  It was so windy that Mother bird had to carry her babies under her wings while she flew.  The other birds did, too.  She had to do that because she was worried about her babies falling out of the nest, it was such strong wind. 

One baby had under its wing a tiny little compass.  Why did he have that?  Because he could show it to Mum so Mum would know where they were going and Daddy followed Mum.  And they just went wherever the wind blew most strongly, until finally the tomorrow came and it had gone back to usual.  But what a long way they had to fly back, and they had to fly the same number of miles as they went there, and when they went there, they went for 100's of miles. 

The day after the tomorrow day they had got home and Mummy bird spent most of the time looking for fruit.  How relaxing it was to get back home.  Mummy bird took most of the time finding berries because it was getting near Winter and there wasn't much food to find near Winter.  Even though they didn't hibernate, there wasn't much food to find in Winter, but by the end of Winter, the baby birds would be grown up and would fly away from their Mother's home and maybe make their own nest and hatch more babies. 

   W hen the two baby birds grew up, who were two females, they met lots of friends.  They met a bear, a cocky, a black swan who had 6 cygnets, and liked all their friends so much that they even visited them often, but the best friends of all were the 6 baby cygnets.  And they did make a nest and hatch babies and those babies will grow up and hatch babies and it might go like that for 100's and 1000's of years.


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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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