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Homeschool Diaries

developed by Beverley Paine

Spiral bound, 120pages, 158mm x 210mm

These convenient A5, spiral bound diaries open flat to the current week. Leave them ready for recording on the kitchen bench, dining table or desk. Recording your children's learning becomes a breeze - taking only a few minutes throughout the day. Both diaries include space for evaluative and anecdotal comments; calendar; annual learning program goals and evaluation for each subject; homeschooling contacts, networks, resources, and addresses.

If you are new to homeschooling and would like to find out more about unschooling and/or natural learning, the Naturally Learning Diary will help you 'see' the natural educational embedded in your children's everyday activities such as chores, hobbies and play. This popular diary has helped many families feel more comfortable about developing a 'play curriculum' and allowing their children greater freedom and responsibility in determining their own learning outcomes and activities.

"I have Home Schooled my 2 teenage boys since early last year due to illnesses and learning difficulties. I was sooo overwhelmed until I researched and found "Beverley Paine" website and HS diaries. The diaries and the information books on HS and how to Unschool really gave me confidence that I could do this!!! The diaries have been so useful and the A5 book is handy handbag size which is very convenient for excursions and life learning outings. Thank you Beverley as I believe they also helped my approval process." Louise W

Weekly Homeschooling Diary

Set up with space to record main learning activities each day. Simple, easy to fill out A5 format to record daily and weekly activities in all subjects, plus space for comments, forward planner, brief curriculum summary, homeschooling contacts, networks, resources, and addresses. Spiral bound, clear plastic cover, 175g, A5

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Naturally Learning Diary

This diary includes a log of child-initiated activities, including play, as well as space for recording learning in each subject area, over a week. Simple, easy to fill out A5 format to record all of your children's daily and weekly activities - play, hobbies, interests, chores and more, plus adult-initiated activities in the nationally recognised eight curriculum subjects areas. Includes space for recording yearly learning plan, comments, forward planner, homeschooling contacts, networks, resources, and addresses. Spiral bound, clear plastic cover, 175g, A5 or A4

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"I recently brought this journal... It's our first year... You record all the activities and learning in a week. Helps show my husband that they are learning. Highly recommend!" Christina L, home educating mum, Australia

"I love the Learning Naturally Home School diary. A lot of playtime/leisure activities can easily fall under one of the subject areas, so write down everything you have done at the end of the day. You should find you are doing a lot more than you had realized, and you will see where the gaps are that you need to fill. For the first several years it was probably the best tool I had for figuring out our curriculum, recording and reporting. And it is small enough you can carry it around everywhere. Converting our activities into an annual report has become an automatic mental process for me now, so easy, and the diaries have saved me an enormous amount of time and worry. I always felt like we weren't doing enough,then at the end of the year I compile it all into a report for the Ed Dpt and see we have done more than enough. Thank you so much for creating it!" Violet

"Beverley's headings help me to remember to include activities that I might not have recorded otherwise." Belinda Moore

"I have ordered the diary and cannot wait for it to arrive. I understand children learn all the time , I just wasn't sure how to document it showing they are learning what the curriculum says but in a far less formal way. When I looked at the sample page I thought "Wow, that's such a great resource". Thank you for all you do to help people like me start and continue this terrific journey with our families." Shell Nicholls

Why Beverley Recommends Families Keep Home Educating Records

I found recording our goals, objectives, and outcomes (in other words: what we want to do, the steps involved and how we will know if we've succeeded) on paper, or simply talking about them with each other often, a vital part of planning. Without it I often felt 'lost': the recognition and celebration of successful outcomes would be smothered and hidden by the worry of never doing enough or the 'unfinished' projects.

My confidence in home education grew from a haphazard recording regime. The unfinished diaries, multitude of lists, the calendars, the photo albums, the scrapbooks, the learning programs and plans - all these scraps of paper are concrete reminders of our many successes as home educating parents. On days when I feel that I haven't been a good enough mum or homeschooling parent it's my scraps of paper that remind me that I did my best. That's why I keep recording... I've found it valuable tool for keeping me on track with what I want to achieve in my life.

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Roger's drawing of a robot he had made out of LEGO bricks shows his ability to draw to scale and to keep things in proportion. He has really captured the depth of the robot, showing very good ability with perspective. This was not surprising as he has demonstrated it with his earlier pictures of houses. However, this is the first picture of a real object in 3 dimensions I have seen him draw, and it was a difficult and complex subject. His colouring, in pencil, shows attention to detail and is accurate. This demonstrates his continuing fascination for perfection!
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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.


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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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