Always Learning Books
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.
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
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...How to use the Diary
"Beverley's headings help me to remember to include activities that I might not have recorded otherwise." Belinda Moore
Why Beverley Recommends Families Keep Homeschooling 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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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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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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