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Save time and simplify your homeschooling life! Learn from experienced
home educators how to write your own curriculum. It really is that easy!

* We are currently away, visiting family interstate, and only took limited stock with us, which has now sold.
All orders will be shipped on the 1st of April. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.*

Let Beverley Paine guide you to creating your own personalised and individual learning programs for your children with her helpful books and booklets.

Diaries and Reports
Curriculum & Games

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Do-It-Yourself Homeschool!
Save up to 20%!
$39.50 Starter Pack

Learn how to write your own personalised curriculum to suit your family's needs.
Each Pack contains a copy of the following:
Getting Started $25.70
Choosing Homeschool Curriculum $5.00
Weekly Homeschool Diary $8.95
Portfolio / Report $6.25
Learning Materials for the Homeschool $5.00
(limited to one purchase per customer: if additional diaries or reports required, select from catalog below)

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Natural Learning
and Unschooling Pack
Save 20%! $26.50

Each Pack contains a copy of the following:
Natural Learning $5.00
Natural Learning Answers $10.80
Learning Naturally Diary $8.95
Learning Maths Naturally $5.00
A Sample Approved Natural Learning Program and Review $5.00

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Home Education Student Portfolios / Reports

developed by Beverley Paine

Produce a professional Report Card for your homeschooling student!

Spiral Bound, 210mm x 290mm

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These Reports will help to take the work out of annual assessment, programming and recording.

They include clearly outlined lists of educational aims and objectives for each of the eight nationally recognised curriculum subjects: English, Mathematics, Society and Environment Studies, The Arts, Science, Health, Personal and Physical Development, Languages Other Than English, Technology and Enterprise.

Designed with an easy to follow format, the Reports come with a how to use guide and a list of sample assessment tasks.

Similar to those used by schools to advise parents of student progress the Home Education Reporst have been designed to be used in conjunction with other forms of recording, such as the Practical Homeschooling Weekly Homeschooling Diary, and a portfolio of dated work samples that illustrate the objectives and outcomes of the home education learning program.

The Home Education Portfolio / Report comprises:

  • a Cover page with information detailing the Curriculum Subjects, Essential Skills and Understandings, and Assessment Codes used throughout the Report on the reverse;
  • Curriculum Subject pages detailing Learning Program Objectives that outline the aims, purpose, general direction and content of the program;
  • and the Report Pages: Assessment Tasks.

Home Education Report: Early Childhood
Covers ages 4-8 or Kindergarten/Preschool to Year 3
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Home Education Report: Middle Childhood
Cover ages 8-12 or Years 3 to 7
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Home Education Report: Early Adolescence
Covers ages 12-16 or Years 7-10
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What readers think...

"When we began homeschooling I had no idea how to write a curriculum for my children. Beverley's Home Education Reports said exactly what I wanted to say but didn't know how to. The lists of objectives for each subject remind me what the purpose is behind all the activities the children do. I find it much easier now that I organise much of their learning into projects and 'assignments' and the professional format looks good at the end of the year and impresses the rest of the family."
Angelika Jensen

In Chapter 7 of Getting Started with Homeschooling Beverley writes on how to record and evaluate your homeschooling learning programs. The chapter has many examples of different recording styles and methods taken from over a decade of the Paine family homeschooling life.

Read articles on Evaluating and Recording on the Homeschool Australia website:

"Recording - whether by the delightful approach that a snap happy friend of mine does, by keeping her digital camera handy all day, or by jotting notes in a diary, writing anecdotal or explanatory notes on children's samples of work and building a portfolio (a joy to flip through forever) - gets us in touch with the processes at work: how our children learn.

Because we have to pay attention and watch closely and think about what is going on when our child does this or that, or says something different, or behaves in a different manner, and reflect on that, we are better able to discern his or her preferred learning style. This in turn helps us to work out different ways to build on his strengths, or strengthen her weaknesses or expand his limitations. Some of us do this naturally: I know I did but I also acknowledge that I was prone to forgetfulness.

Eventually I decided to keep records more often to help my less than perfect memory. With three children I also frequently fell prey to treating them as homogenous humans, ignoring that fact that they were individuals and had completely different ways of perceiving and learning about the world! "



Read Beverley's latest blog post!
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"Thank you... The information you supply is real and generous - fantastic reading. I am so inspired... Your honesty is rare. 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

"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
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Natural Learners / Unschoolers

Beverley's manual on how to write your own homeschool curriculum! The ultimate DIY guide. Still only $25.70!

"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.
ISBN 978-1-876651-58-9 $10

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How to Order

  • We are currently away, visiting family interstate, and only took limited stock with us, which has now sold. All orders will be shipped on the 1st of April. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • Prices are in Australian dollars and subject to change without notice.
  • Postage (within Australia) included in the prices of individual items.
  • When you order, you deal with a real living person who is familiar with the products we sell. 
  • At Always Learning Books we do not share, in any way, with any one or third party, your personal information.
  • Your order will be shipped within 24 hours of us receiving it. If we cannot fill your order immediately we will contact you.
  • Refunds are available on items returned to us in 'as new condition' within 14 working days of our shipment. Your return postage costs will not be refunded.
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