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Getting Started with Homeschooling
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Natural Learning
Natural Learning Answers
Learning Naturally Diary A5 or A4 format
Learning Maths Naturally
A Sample Approved Natural Learning
Program and Review
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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 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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The Educating Parent

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
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Natural Learners / Unschoolers

Beverley's manual on how to write your own homeschool curriculum! The ultimate DIY guide.

"Beverley's patience, experience, and understanding of both the questions and the answers make her a wonderfully helpful guide to the adventure of helping children learn without school."
Wendy Priesnitz, Life Media "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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