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A quarterly collection of long-term home educator Beverley Paine's writing published online on blogs, support groups and her various websites.
The content reflects her keen interest in promoting home education and respects and honours the many different approaches families use to enrich their children's learning experiences.
Every week she read, reflected and responded to the hundreds of posts and emails she received and collated her responses as well as information about resources and approaches into this very readable 40 page magazine.
Her style of writing is friendly, supportive, honest and frank and above all else clearly demonstrates her passion for children and learning.

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"Writing for and encouraging home educating families sustains me. It's a two way process : as a reader you offer me so much, for which I am very grateful and why I am committed to producing an affordable magazine."

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Winter 2013

My thoughts over the last month have been focusing on home education regulation. I've rejoined the Home Education Association committee as an ordinary member. This issues puts together some thoughts from my two decades of experience, listening to other families, and interest with what is happening overseas. The winter issue is an eclectic mix of articles: in the space of five weeks our family experienced a marriage, a death and a birth. Deep breaths! Grief and joy, spending happy and sad moments with family and friends: Autumn has truly been an emotional season for us. As a result I’ve abandoned my usual format for this issue. You will still find the usual practical FAQ articles, Resource Roundup, Networks and Camps information, and regular columns.
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Autumn 2013

Parenting, motherhood, managing to have a life of our own as well as home educating our children head up the first issue for 2013.
My practical do-it-yourself lifestyle philosophy combines with my permaculture understanding come together in articles that are close to my heart: children exploring nature, us exploring and celebrating our children's natures, learning and living in tune with nature and our natures.
And there are the usual practical FAQ articles, resource roundup, networks and camps information, news, and regular columns.
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Summer 2012

Play! This issue focuses on the very important role play has in our lives - and not just for the children. The educational and developmental benefits of play and playfulness are enormous. Once again the little people in my life inspire me to hunt for activities to keep them busy. And don't forget to check out the lovely weding photos of my eldest son Roger to Courtney his lovely lady. We're very excited and happy to announce the arrival of a new grandchild in 2013! For those transitioning to unschooling and natural learning there are thoughtful articles for you to ponder - is it necessary for children to have passions and interests to unschool? I don't think so...
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Spring 2012

My spring issue focuses on socialisation as well as record keeping, two subjects that have been exceptionally topical over the last couple of months on my online support groups. As a natural learning unschooling parent I found recording built my confidence in a life/play/interest based approach to education and hopefully my articles on recording will help you feel confident too. In Spotlight on Curriculum I look at the value of incorporating singing into your homeschool curriculum, as well as articles on other subjects. A new column to the magazine inspired by my grandchildren is Learning with the Little People! Plus our usual resource roundup, links to interesting articles, and my random musings on all things education and parenting!
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Winter 2012

This issue focuses on the changing nature of home education: virtual schools, unschooling, debunking some of those persistent myths about homeschooling. I delve into a favourite subject: collections! Financial concerns are never too far from our minds so I've included a focus on budgetting and finding home educating resources. Socialisation comes up frequently as topics for discussion in my online support groups, so there is a couple of articles on that, plus I share a few thoughts on natural learning, unschooling and trust. In Curriculum Corner, our spotlight is on learning to read. Guest columnist Tamara talks about e-readers. Plus our usual resource roundup, links to interesting articles, and my random musings on all things education and parenting!
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Autumn 2012

This issue focuses on home educating teens; defining what we do (natural learning, homeschooling, unschooling!); travelling and home educating; answering some of those pesky questions we all endure; some advice on planning and recording to help it make sense and become easier for you; plus our regular column curriculum corner with a spotlight on maths and LOTE, as well as resource roundup, what I'm reading, random musings, networks and support groups, bits and pieces.
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Together with the support of my family, my aim is to help parents educate their children in stress-free, nurturing environments. In addition to building and maintaing this website, I continue to create and manage local and national home educating networks, help to organise conferences and camps, as well as write for, edit and produce newsletters, resource directories and magazines. I am an active supporter of national, state, regional and local home education groups.

"You've been an inspiration to me, I love the way
you really listen to people."

"Whenever I read your writing I always come away
with increased confidence in my ability to provide and
share a wonderful learning journey with my family!"

"Your guidance, understanding, support and words of
wisdom changed our lives. We now offer support and
organise many homeschooling events for others."

"Thank you once again for your prompt and friendly service.
I am convinced that your books are going to add
quality and peace of mind to my journey of teaching my kids
at home! Just from studying your website, until almost
2am in the morning, I 've been encouraged!"

"Thank you for all your many,many reassuring words
over many, many years. You probably don't know exactly how
valuable you are to the Australian Home Education community.
I've been reading your stuff for maybe 8 years or more now.
And I'm very grateful."

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Welcome to the World of Home Education
and Learning without School!

We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since they were 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. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine

The information on this website is of a general nature only and is not intended as personal or professional advice. This site merges and incorporates 'Homeschool Australia' and 'Unschool Australia'.

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