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Thinking About Homeschooling?
These books will help you get started...

Printed books

Choosing Homeschool Curriculum
Finding the 'right' curriculum can be daunting, more so because we have a plethora of choices. Beverley gives a brief summary of the most popular approaches and guides you to asking the kind questions that will help you determine if it is the one for you and your family. From a DIY writing your own personalised curriculum for your child to buying a package or enrolling in online schools and courses, the emphasis is on working out what will work for your child and suit your family's situation.

softcover $5.00

Answering Objections to Homeschool
Home educating families face the same objections and get asked the same questions over and again. Beverley draws on her three decades of home educating experience, both with her children and now her grandchildren, to help parents feel confident when answering the many objections and comments relatives, friends and strangers raise.  She offers a selection of well-worn answers to over a dozen of the most popularly voiced objections to homeschooling you are likely to encounter.

softcover $5.00
Frequently Asked Questions
Over 60 fundamental questions asked by families new to homeschooling are answered in this 36 page booklet.
softcover $5.00
Motivation in the Homeschool
Beverley Paine takes a fresh new approach to the issue of motivation in the home learning environment, or what most of us would call, "what to do when my child doesn't want to learn anything"! In her typical self-critical and analytical way she digs deep into the subject of motivation, unearthing some practical and useful tips and ideas to help make life easier for both parent and child... Peppered with personal anecdotes and examples, Beverley's honest and authentic writing style will help you to discover a path toward developing trust in instrinsic motivation and less reliance on extrinsic motivation. Expect bunches carrots, rather than bundles of sticks!

Write Your Own Unit Studies
Learn how to create your own 'unit studies'! Personalise your children's curriculum by exploiting their natural curiosity to produce real education experiences that are also fun while covering learning across most of the curriculum subjects. Learn how to capitalise on your children's learning styles by incorporating how they individually learn best into the activities. There are several examples of unit studies to illustrate the principles and information in the booklet. Unit studies are essentially child-centred, parent-guided learning explorations!

Learning Materials for the Homeschool
Three decades of home educating experience is pulled together in this comprehensive list of consumables, materials and resources; everything you can think of to inspire learning and creativity in the home educating environment. Arranged under the curriculum subjects of English and Language Development; Mathematics; Healthy and Physical Development; Humanities and Social Sciences; Science; The Arts; Technology and Information Technology. Also includes invaluable information and tips on how to set up your home to encourage and maximise learning opportunities.
softcover $5.00
Teaching Strategies for Home Educators
In homeschooling families the focus is usually on what is taught - the content. This booklet seeks to examine the how of teaching. Beginning with exploring and celebrating what kind of teacher you are, Beverley shares many of her reflections, experience, tips and suggestions to help you become a more effective home educator. Perhaps, if your children are resisting your attempts to help them learn, it is time for a 'teacher-make-over': Beverley has some suggestions for that too!

softcover $5.00
Exploring Approaches to Homeschool
Notes from the keynote speakers at the 2008 Adelaide Exploring Approaches to Home Education Seminar, all with many years of experience. Topics covered included: Unschooling, Classical Education, Steiner Inspired, Distance Education, Natural Learning and Unschooling, Using a Unit Study Approach, Charlotte Mason Home Education, Home Educating Children with Special Needs, and Discipleship Relational Based Home Education.
softcover $5.00
Translating Everyday Language into Educational Jargon
Learn to take your children's everyday activities and wrap them up in the jargon of school - not only to help you report your children's learning to educational authorities if you need to, but also to help build your confidence that no matter what your children are doing, it is probably covered somewhere in the school curriculum - and it's definitely learning! Beginning with an exploration of what jargon is and why it used, and the benefits of becoming confident (if not comfortable!) users of it, Beverley gives some examples of how we can use it when recording what and how our children are learning. There are also practical examples showing how to decode jargon, and a list of educational jargon you with which you can have a play!
softcover $5.00
Early Years Language Pack
Reading, Writing, Spelling, Handwriting, Language Games: simple, invaluable tips and suggestions to make it easy for you to help your child to learn. 5 booklets pack 20% discount off single price
Building Homeschool Community: How to Start a Support Group
A comprehensive step-by-step guide which considers factors such as why start a group, how to manage and promote them, resolve conflicts, as well as list suggestions for different types of groups and activities. Tap into Beverley Paine's three decades of active involvement in the Australian home education community. Since 1988 she has edited and produced newsletters, magazines, promotional leaflets, books and booklets, as well as organising local groups and networks, homeschooling and unschooling camps and expos. In addition to presenting workshops and seminars Beverley has been a keynote speaker at Australian conferences. She admins for several online support groups, including The Educating Parents Homeschooling and Unschooling. 
ISBN 978187665156, 84 pages
softcover $9.00
Looking Back, What Would We Change?
Drawing on her notes from her 2008 presentation at a conference held in Brisbane in 2008 Beverley shares insights she's learned along the way as a home educating parent and talks about what she and Robin felt they did right, their regrets, and what they would differently if they had their time over again. Beverley's honesty and frankness shines through her writing, imbuing them with authenticity. Two decades of home educating experience are packed into this gem of a booklet.
softcover $5.00

Homeschooling Diaries and Reports/Portfolios

Weekly Homeschooling Diary
Set up with space to record main learning activities each day.
Natural Learning Homeschooling Diary
Includes a log of child-initiated activities, including play, as well as space for recording learning in each subject area. Available in A5 and A4.
Sample page
How to use the Diary

$9.50 or $14.50

Select A4 or A5 Diary
Home Education Reports/Portfolios – Early Childhood
These Reports will help to take the work out of annual assessment, programming and recording.
Home Education Reports/Portfolios – Middle Childhood
Designed with an easy to follow format, the Reports come with a how to use guide and a list of sample assessment tasks.
Home Education Reports/Portfolios – Early Adolescence
Include clearly outlined lists of educational aims and objectives for each of the nationally recognised curriculum subjects.

Natural Learning and Unschooling Books

Natural Learning Answers
A refreshing practical approach to unschooling based on the needs of the child and family which demystifies and simplifies the philosophy and practice of this style of home education. Using a question and answer approach Beverley Paine uses real examples (with names changed) to help parents better understand how natural learning can enhance their home educating experience.
A Sample Natural Learning Program & Review
One family's natural learning program for an eight year old, as presented to, and approved by,  the SA educational  authorities. See how you too can record and translate what you child does into a home education 'learning plan' for the purpose of registration.
Natural Learning
Allow your children to pursue their passions and interests and build learning programs around every day life.
Natural Education Curriculum Checklist Fridge Magnet
Perfect reminder for you and the children! A5 laminated colourful fridge magnet with a simple checklist that covers all essential learning areas in a way that is easy for the young and young at heart to understand.


Learning Maths Naturally
Margaret and Beverley share how they helped their children retain their natural maths ability.

Beverley's Practical Homeschooling Series: Curriculum

100 Strategies and Ideas for Teaching Geography
Drawing on her obvious enthusiasm for geography Beverley shows how to integrate this subject into your everyday life in simple, easy and achievable ways. With chapters on why teach geography, it's benefits, how to monitor your children's learning as well as checklists to guide you as you plan your explorations, Beverley includes 100 ideas and activities you can implement to enhance learning geography from home. 
softcover $5.00
Early Years Language Pack
Reading, Writing, Spelling, Handwriting, Language Games: simple, invaluable tips and suggestions to make it easy for you to help your child to learn.
5 booklets pack 20% discount off single price
The Spelling Process
This gem will get you started with teaching tips, advice and suggestions on spelling.
The Writing Process
Simple, practical and invaluable suggestions on how to teach writing.
Learning to Love Reading
Children immersed in a world where reading is valued and an everyday part of life naturally develop a desire to read. With help and encouragement they will soon become readers, even those for whom learning to decode the little squiggles on the page is difficult. In this booklet, Beverley includes dozens of practical and simple, tried and proven ways to encourage your child to learn to love reading.

Language Games You Can Play
A collection of simple word games you can play with your children to encourage language development.
Developing Handwriting
With clear examples, this booklet demystifies the process of developing handwriting.

Educational Games Booklets

Use the games to launch unit studies, spark interest, or to reinforce interest, increase knowledge or consolidate previous learning.

SPECIAL!! 25% Discount!
All 8 games booklets as listed below in this section, instead of $40.00 pay only $32.00!
Let's Play Together, Traditional Children's Games
It's through playing games children learn to share and take turns, work and play together in constructive and sociable ways. To the children, of course, it's all about having fun! This collection of traditional games, largely taken from Beverley's memory as well as those of her friends, harks back to those halycon days of childhood where long lazy summer evenings were spent playing chasey, hide'n'seek, or all-over-red-rover...
Physical and Mental Games for Families Book One: Fast Games and Quiet Games $5.00
Physical and Mental Games for Families Book Two: Outdoor, Campfire, Water and Theme Games $5.00
Educational Games for Families Book Two: Science $5.00
Educational Games for Families Book Three: History Geography, French, German and Latin $5.00
Life Skill Games for Families Book One: Estimation, First Aid, Health, Tracking, Safety, Knotting and Navigation $5.00
Life Skill Games for Families Book Two: Character Building, Handcraft, Aussie Flags and Emblems, Discovery, Nature and Conservation, Cooking, Self Expression, Tools and Construction $5.00



The Chimaera Conspiracy, by Beverley Paine
A science fiction novel for 12-16 year olds.
BONUS! Click here to download your FREE Literature Unit Study for Beverley's novel.





April Jermey took over the reins of Always Learning Books from hr mother, Beverley Paine, in 2011. A stay-at-home part-time working mum of two young children, April experienced a mix of education, including homeschooling, unschooling, part-time attendance at school, completing her high school certificate at school. She supports the right of families to choose the education that best meets the needs of their children.

Beverley Paine home educated her three children, now all adults, between 1985 and 2004. An active volunteer supporting and promoting education choice for families for over two decades her legacy continues in her books and articles.


"The information you supply is real and generous. Most books do not really explain 'how' as well as you do." Tracy

"I cannot seem to get enough of your writings on the whole home ed subject! You portray a lot of wisdom, knowledge and experience..." Marie

"A fabulous source of information and inspiration. I am very pleased to have some of your titles on my bookshelf... providing me with wonderful, detailed information and resources." Faye

"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. Thank you!"Maaike

"Your guidance, understanding, support and words of wisdom changed our lives." Lesley

"I have been so grateful for the texts I have read from you so far. They have been so helpful as we entered our first year of official home schooling." Sue

"Fantastic reading. I am so inspired...
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About Home Education

Home education is a legal alternative to school education in Australia. State and territory governments are responsible for regulating home education and have different registration requirements, however homeschooling families are able, and encouraged, to develop curriculum and learning programs to suit the educational and developmental needs of their individual children. For more information visit:

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About us: When you order, you deal with a real living person who is familiar with the products we sell. This is a small mum and daughter family business, the books we write and sell are based on personal lived experience. We understand our subject, having built empathy and understanding of the needs of home educating families over 30 years of volunteering and advocacy in the homeschooling and unschooling community. Our aim is to encourage you on your home educating journey and to help you find ways to meet your family's educational needs. We wish to empower you as an educating parent and the nature of our books is to build your confidence to help you teach your children: we are not suppliers of fill-in-the-blank curriculum materials for children to complete. Our books give you information of the why and how of home education, what has and will work for you as an educating parent.

Prices are in Australian dollars and subject to change without notice.

Postage (within Australia) is included in the prices of individual items. Please expect between 1-2 weeks for delivery. If your order has not arrived within two weeks please let us know, but please be patient and give Australia Post a chance to deliver, especially if you have ordered in December or near a public holiday when delays are much more likely. Your order will normally be shipped within 2 business days of us receiving it, however we are a small business, run from home, around the busy life that is parenting and home educating three children. We run on a very small profit margin, so will always ship your order in the most economical way, by either Post or Courier. Large orders maybe shipped and marked as separate parcels. Unfortunately, Australia Post is fickle and we regularly see unexpected delays in delivery times, especially during peak post times and public holidays. Also unfortunately, Australia Post no longer offers any kind of compensation for lost orders, so any losses are worn by our already small profit margins. Thank you!

Privacy: At Always Learning Books we do not share, in any way, with any one or third party, your personal information.

Refund Policy: Refunds are available on items returned to us in 'as new condition'. Your return postage costs will not be refunded.

Orders outside of Australia: Please email us before ordering to obtain a quote for shipping rates.

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