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Getting Started with
Home Schooling
by Beverley Paine
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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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"Everyone crafts a self-directed life doing the things they love to do."
Barb Lundgren

How that differs from the 'norm': we're coerced and manipulated from an early age to see the things we love to do as aberrant, self-indulgent, not of any economic or intrinsic value, or worse, as evil and wrong. And on top of that we're persuaded not to trust our instincts or our growing knowledge, experience, wisdom and that we need to rely on others because we're learners...

Give a kid a chance. Trust in natural learning.
It works. It always has.

Give Unschooling a Try!

Do you want to simplify your home education curriculum? Save time 'teaching' your children every day? Are you tired of grumpy kids who won't complete lessons on time and take forever to learn anything?

Un-School does not mean Un-Educate!

It's a different - liberating - form of education. It builds on and enhances children's existing learning - natural learning - abilities.

Take advantage of the natural way to learn - the way your kids mastered the most difficult lessons in life during their first three years...

It's easy. It's simple. AND you've already MASTERED the technique!

As a loving, caring, attentive parents passionately interested in your children's education you don't need special educational qualifications to help your children learn. You already have the qualification that is most needed to make the difference: LOVE for your children. Do you qualify? Yes!

The most important difference between the classroom your children left behind and your wonderful home learning environment is schools don't, and never will, love your children. They can care for them, look after them and teach them, but the essential successful ingredient in home education is love.

I've said it before and I'll say it again - " Love brings success to every learning situation."

From the love you offer your children will come the responsibility, commitment and drive to continuously strive for the education that meets the needs of your unique children. Your life-long dedication to your children's health and happiness will drive you to seek out best and most appropriate resources and to facilitate excellent quality learning opportunities and activities for your children. You, too, will become a life-long, passionate learner!

And that's the key to successful unschooling too. Learning doesn't happen because it is what we want. It doesn't happen by force. . Learning doesn't happen because someone else wants us to learn or think we should... Learning happens because it... simply does!

We're learning every moment of every day. Unschoolers and natural learners don't focus on the what, when, how and why of learning. They focus on being in control and taking responsibility for their own learning processes. They are motivated and engaged learners because of this.

Sounds good, doesn't it? Want to know how to jump from 'homeschooling' to 'unschooling'? There's nothing to it really. You don't have to DO anything differently - you just have to start THINKING differently. Unschooling is an attitude.

The Educating Parent focuses on supporting people ready and willing to leave the industrial age paradigm of education far behind! Here you'll find lots of encouragement, reassurance and information.

Unschooling and learning naturally are empowering! Become personally involved in your children's education. Be there to mark those special learning moments. To share in the delight of discovery. To guide your child through the trials and tribulations of childhood. The excitement, the awe, the anticipation, the wonder.

Help your children learn at home and in the community today!

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October 20th -24th, 2014

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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After 20 years of being a home educating contact and support person Beverley has 'retired' from active participation as a support person for home education. She continues to participate by adding new articles to this site, so bookmark the site or join the newsletter to stay in touch. Please join one of the support groups she started to help home educators: although these are managed and run by experienced home educators Beverley remains available to offer advice and help to members of the groups. Don't forget to use the search function or browse the contents of this site for specific topcis, advice and information on over 900 pages!

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