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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

"I loved the book on the spelling process... I watch my daughter spelling things 'her way' now - she' s getting so much better without any formal work." Louise Wilton

"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

by Beverley Paine
ISBN 978-1-876651-57-2 A5, stapled, 70g, 32 pages. 2011

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

by Beverley Paine
ISBN 1876651148 A5, stapled, 70g, 32 pages.2004

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."
Gythaa, NSW

"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."
Alice, SA

"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."
Elisa, Vic

"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."
Faye, Vic

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Exploring Approaches to Homeschooling

edited by Beverley Paine
This booklet combines the notes of seven speakers at the Adelaide 2008 Homeschooling Seminar and Curriculum Fair. Chapters in this booklet include:

  • Choosing Curriculum That's Right for You, by Linda Maher
  • Thematic Unit Workshop, by Vanessa Whittaker
  • The Special Role of the Home Ed Dad, by Robin Paine
  • A Classical Education - Skills for Life, by Linda Maher
  • Natural Learning and Unschooling, by Beverley Paine
  • Steiner Inspired Homeschooling, by MIchelle Ross
  • Our Experience with Distance Education, by Vanessa Whittaker
  • Educating Children with Special Needs, by Vanessa Whittaker
  • Charlotte Mason, by Anna Hackett
  • Discipleship Based, Relational Home-Based-Learning, by Susan Priolo

ISBN 1 876651 423 paperback, 50g, 40 pages

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Teaching Strategies, Book 1

by Beverley Paine
ISBN 1876651415, stapled, A5, 80g, 36 pages

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.

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Motivation in the Homeschool

by Beverley Paine
ISBN 1876651297, stapled, A5, 80g, 36 pages

"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.

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Answering Objections to Homeschooling

by Beverley Paine
ISBN 1876651261, stapled, A5, 70g, 36 pages

How do you answer all the questions people ask you about home education? These could be friends, family or total strangers.

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.

Includes a section on dealing with unsupportive relatives.

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Write Your Own Unit Studies

by Beverley Paine
ISBN 1876651253, stapled, A5, 60g, 36 pages

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

by Beverley Paine
ISBN 1876651164 A5, stapled, 60g, 36 pages.

Over 60 fundamental questions asked by families new to homeschooling are answered by Beverley in this 36 page booklet. 2004

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Looking Back, What Would We Change?

by Beverley Paine
ISBN 1876651288 A5, stapled, 60g, 30 pages.

Collection of articles, including:

  • How We Became Home Educators: A Brief History
  • Our D.I.Y. Life-Style ~ A Natural Education
  • What Makes Home Education Successful
  • How Home Education Enriched our Lives
  • Looking Back: What Would We Change?
  • Creating a Happy and Busy Learning Environment
  • Motivating Our Children To Learn: Myths and Tips
  • Avoiding Feeling Overwhelmed
  • A Natural Educator: The Special Role of Fathers

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Translating Every Day Life into Educational Jargon

by Beverley Paine
ISBN 1876651180 A5, stapled, 70g, up to 36 pages.

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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Building Home Educating Community - How to Start A Support Group

by Beverley Paine
ISBN 978187665156, 84 pages

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.



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...
Your honesty is rare." Tracy


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.

Payment Methods

  • Credit card payments available only through PayPal. Please use the shopping basket provided and complete the transaction as directed. Payments made through PayPal are 100% secure. You do not have to become a PayPal member to make payments to Always Learning Books.
  • Direct Debit Transfer is available upon request.
  • If paying by personal cheque or money order, download and print the Order Form; complete, printing clearly. Do not send cash in the mail.
  • Keep a copy of your order for reference purposes.

More help: If you have any questions about the ordering process only please email us. Questions about home educating your children should be directed to one of Beverley's support groups:

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