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Homeschool Unschool Australia! 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!

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. Feedback is always welcome and I'd love to hear your ideas about what you'd like to see included in future issues.

Anyway, make a cuppa, find a pleasant spot in the garden or on a comfy chair and read a few articles, then come back and have another read in a few days.

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Contents in this issue:
  • What’s in a name?
  • Are Virtual Schools the Future of Homeschooling?
  • Unschooling: What is it?
  • Debunking Some Myths about Homeschooling
  • Collections: Educational Fun!
  • Tips for Decluttering Kids’ Collections
  • Will your collection end up in a museum one day?
  • The Frugal Homeschool Challenge
  • Is Home Educating Expensive
  • The World is Your Classroom!
  • Low on Cash and Worried that Homeschooling Will Cost Too Much?
  • Activity and task ideas for including in unit studies
  • Where to Get Cheap Resources
  • A Home Educator’s Gift List
  • Extra Money for Home Educators?
  • Crafty Gifts with an Eco Touch
  • Bits and Pieces
  • Natural Learning, Unschooling and Trust
  • Naturally Parenting Teens
  • Worried about children making friends
  • Conflict in Groups
  • Garden Art in Winter
  • Curriculum Corner: Spotlight on Reading
  • “Is Thomas Reading Yet?”
  • Guest Column: A Journey of the Kindle Kind! Tamara Kidd
  • Book Review: Free Range Learning, Laura Grace Weldon
  • Networking and Home Ed Camps
  • Resource Roundup!
  • What I am reading…
  • Calling on Teachers Who Home Educate!
  • Beverley’s Random Musings
  • Blog Roll
  • Final Words

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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.

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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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