Always Learning Books
Getting Started Practical Homeschooling Booklet Series
by Beverley Paine & Friends
Paperback, 24 - 40 pages 148mm x 210mm
This range of booklets covers many topics, offering information, insight and help on many of the issues that face new and experienced home educators.
Designed to take the worry out of education and to reassure parents these booklets are a valuable aid in the homeschool.
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Many of these booklets are avaialble as ebooks. This series of electronic instantly downloadable ebooks cover many topics and offer information, insight and help on many of the issues that face new and experienced home educators.
"I have all booklets in the series. Each thoroughly addresses the topic in a concise format. I find that because they are booklets on specific topics rather than chapters in one book I am somehow more likely to remember them as a resource on my bookshelf. I look at them every now and then, either to confirm that I am on the right track, or to get guidance and ideas in areas we haven't covered that well. They are helpful too when working out our curriculum for the next year. I have lent some of these booklets to family members - not too much for them to read and says it all much better than I can!" Martina, homeschooling mum
"Thanks so much! We use all your booklets all the time - at the moment we have 10 children and 2 facilitators in our natural learning centre here in Goa, India... greatly soothed and nurtured and by your guidance and wisdom." Anna Jahns
Choosing Homeschool Curriculum
Confused by which approach to take to teaching your children at home? A quick search on the internet presents many different methods, all of them highly successful when tailored to your individual family's needs. This comprehensive 44 page booklet from Beverley gives a brief summary of the most popular approaches and guides you to asking the kind questions that will help you detemine if it is the one for you and your family. Includes traditional, school-at-home, packaged curriculum, distance programs, literature-based education, alternative education, autonomous education, deschooling, unschooling and natural learning.
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Learning Materials for the Homeschool
If, like many homeschooling families, you find yourself suddenly educating your children at home after many frustrating years in the school system you may not feel confident about your ability to provide adequate resources and materials to encourage successful learning.
This booklet is designed to give you an idea on what kinds of materials and resources you are likely to need. You won’t need everything listed – you’ll find that what you need will depend upon your children’s particular interests, hobbies, and learning styles.
It’s not a good idea to rush out and spend a lot of money on homeschooling supplies. A collection built up over a steady period of time will prove more useful, as you evaluate your learning program and your children’s learning styles and needs. Plus, you’ll be surprised as you look down each list how many of these resources and materials you already have at home. Most people don’t recognise the measuring cups in the kitchen drawer as maths equipment; the bubble bath in the bathroom as science resource; or the sticky clay in the garden bed as a valuable art supply... Life is full of resources and materials for the homeschooling family to use!
What readers think...
"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 Ed community. I've been reading your stuff for maybe 8 years or more now. And I'm very grateful."
"Thank you for all you've done for me, you are a great role model for me in my journey and I really appreciate having your input and knowledge available when needed. Your insights and tips help me a lot."
"I was worried when we first decided to trial home schooling as I had no idea what was out there but since doing a good search I have found so many wonderful resources which have helped me greatly and now I have the resources and the confidence to go ahead permanently with home schooling which my daughter is extremely happy about."
"I am really looking forward to teaching my son at home and your publications have impressed and further convinced me that home ed really is the way to go."
ISBN 1 876651 423 paperback, 50g, 40 pages
Teaching Strategies, Book 1
Every one is a teacher. Even parents who practice natural learning are teachers. Not many of us consider that we are natural teachers, even though we amass a great deal of experience teaching our children a vast array of skills and knowledge during the first few years of their lives. We learn how to teach and parent ‘on the job’, through xperimentation and by reflecting on our own and others’ experiences. Sometimes we’ll turn to experts for advice, but for most of us it doesn’t take long to learn to trust our innate abilities as parents.Teaching is one of the skills we naturally have in our parenting toolbox. What kind of a teacher are you?
In homeschooling families the focus is usually on what is taught – the content.
Teaching Strategies Book 1 is the first in a series of books where Beverley Paine shares what she learned as a home educating parent over two decades. Teaching Strategies seeks to examine the 'how' rather the 'what' of teaching in a homeschooling context.
The first in a series of booklets sharing Beverley's reflections, experience, tips and suggestions to help you become a more effective home educator. Take the frustration out of everyday homeschooling.
Motivation in the Homeschool
"If I knew twenty years ago what I know I know now about motivation home educating my children would have been a breeze! What I can say is that it is never too late to make adjustments... Despite all the 'mistakes' we made in the early years we couldn't ask for a better outcome. Our now adult children make us proud every day." Beverley packs in a lifetime of learning about how to overcome motivation obstacles into this 36 page booklet.
Answering Objections to Homeschooling
How do you answer all the questions people ask you about home education? These could be friends, family or total strangers. Beverley offers a selection of well-worn answers to over a dozen of the most popularly voiced objections to homeschooling you are likely to encounter. Includes a section on dealing with unsupportive relatives.
Write Your Own Unit Studies
A detailed guide plus examples on how to write mini-learning programs that cover focus on an area of interest but cover all curriculum subjects at the same time. 2005
Frequently Asked Questions
Over 60 fundamental questions asked by families new to homeschooling are answered by Beverley in this 36 page booklet. 2004
Looking Back, What Would We Change?
Collection of articles, including:
Translating Every Day Life into Educational Jargon
So much of the curriculum is embedded in everyday activities: learn how to translate these so you can record them in curriculum subject areas. 2008
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"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
"I appreciate that your book Getting Started is very balanced in its approach to homeschooling methods and also that it covers so many of the areas and questions that I desperately needed to deal with." Joanne
"Your guidance, understanding, support & 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
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.
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
Beverley's manual on how to write your own homeschool curriculum! The ultimate DIY guide. Still only $25...
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"Beverley's lengthy experience in the homeschooling community is legend. Thankfully for all involved she continues to share her deep thinking and acquired wisdom..." Linda Dobson, Parent at the Helm
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.
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