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Not Back to School DIY Homeschool Starter Pack

Learn how to write your own personalised
curriculum to suit your family's needs.

only $60.00

Each Pack contains a copy of Beverley's best selling do-it-yourself manual
Getting Started with Homeschooling and all 9 of her very popular
Practical Homeschool Booklets
(see details below). Over $70 value!

"Getting Started is very balanced in its approach to homeschooling methods and also covers so many of the areas and questions that I desperately needed to deal with." Joanne

"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


 

Natural Learning and Unschooling Pack

A collection of Beverley's booklets to help you to transition to a
gentler, child-led and self-directed form of home education

from $29

Natural Learning, Natural Learning Answers, Learning Maths Naturally
Learning Naturally Diary A5 ($29) or A4 ($33) format
A Sample Approved Natural Learning Program and Review

(only buy 1 pack: if additional diaries or reports required, select from catalog below)

Select A4 or A5 Diary

"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

 

Download The Educating Parent Resource Directory Beverley Paine's quick guide to getting started with homeschooling and unschooling, including comprehensive list of Australia wide online support groups, blogs and more!

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Not Back to School DIY Homeschool Starter Pack

Learn how to write your own personalised
curriculum to suit your family's needs.

only $60.00

Each Pack contains a copy of Beverley's best selling do-it-yourself manual
Getting Started with Homeschooling and all 9 of her very popular
Practical Homeschool Booklets
(see details below). Over $70 value!

"Getting Started is very balanced in its approach to homeschooling methods and also covers so many of the areas and questions that I desperately needed to deal with." Joanne

 

Natural Learning and Unschooling Pack

A collection of Beverley's booklets to help you to transition to a
gentler, child-led and self-directed form of home education

from $29

Natural Learning, Natural Learning Answers, Learning Maths Naturally
Learning Naturally Diary A5 ($29) or A4 ($33) format
A Sample Approved Natural Learning Program and Review

(only buy 1 pack: if additional diaries or reports required, select from catalog below)

Select A4 or A5 Diary

Thinking About Homeschooling?
These books will help you get started...

Printed books

DIY Homeschool VALUE Starter Pack
Get on track with this hand-picked selection! Learn how to write, record and evaluate your own learning programs tailored to your children's individual needs with this do-it-yourself guide. Explore different approaches to helping your children learn from home. Each Pack contains a copy of Beverley's best selling do-it-yourself manual Getting Started with Homeschooling and all 9 of her very popular Practical Homeschool Booklets. Over $70 value!
Getting Started with Homeschooling; Choosing Homeschool Curriculum; Answering Objections;.Frequently Asked Questions; Motivation in the Homeschool; Write your own Unit Studies; Learning Materials for the Homeschool; Translating Everyday Language into Educational Jargon; Exploring Approaches to Homeschool; Teaching Strategies

Softcover, printed
$60.00


Getting Started with Homeschooling Practical Considerations
The orginal Australian homeschooling manual. Takes you through how to write your own personalised curriculum for each child.
$27.50
Learning Without School
A collection of 'how we homeschool' articles by 30+ home educating families from across Australia. Showing 'typical' days or weeks, this 'fly on the wall' look at what actually happens will both inspire, reassure and encourage you. There is no 'right' way to home educate - a considerable variety of approaches and styles are demonstrated in this book. Now published as an eBook!

$22.00

Australian Homeschooling Summit Return and Learn Bundle
Over 25 hours of recorded sessions with questions and answers with Beverley Paine and 12 experienced Australian home educators, plus extra bonus workshops, ebooks and more!
$89.00
buy the Australian Homeschooling Summit Return and Learn bundle with extra bonus items!

Choosing Homeschool Curriculum
Finding the 'right' curriculum can be daunting, more so because we have a plethora of choices. Beverley gives a brief summary of the most popular approaches and guides you to asking the kind questions that will help you determine if it is the one for you and your family. From a DIY writing your own personalised curriculum for your child to buying a package or enrolling in online schools and courses, the emphasis is on working out what will work for your child and suit your family's situation.

softcover $5.00
eBook $3.00
buy Choosing Homeschool Curriculum as an ebook

Answering Objections to Homeschool
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.  She offers a selection of well-worn answers to over a dozen of the most popularly voiced objections to homeschooling you are likely to encounter.

softcover $5.00
eBook $3.00
buy Answering Objectiosn to Home Education as an ebook
Frequently Asked Questions
Over 60 fundamental questions asked by families new to homeschooling are answered in this 36 page booklet.
softcover $5.00
Motivation in the Homeschool
Beverley Paine takes a fresh new approach to the issue of motivation in the home learning environment, or what most of us would call, "what to do when my child doesn't want to learn anything"! In her typical self-critical and analytical way she digs deep into the subject of motivation, unearthing some practical and useful tips and ideas to help make life easier for both parent and child... Peppered with personal anecdotes and examples, Beverley's honest and authentic writing style will help you to discover a path toward developing trust in instrinsic motivation and less reliance on extrinsic motivation. Expect bunches carrots, rather than bundles of sticks!

$5.00
eBook $3.00
buy Motivating and Home Educating as an ebook

Write Your Own Unit Studies
Learn how to create your own 'unit studies'! Personalise your children's curriculum by exploiting their natural curiosity to produce real education experiences that are also fun while covering learning across most of the curriculum subjects. Learn how to capitalise on your children's learning styles by incorporating how they individually learn best into the activities. There are several examples of unit studies to illustrate the principles and information in the booklet. Unit studies are essentially child-centred, parent-guided learning explorations!

$5.00
eBook $3.00
buy Write Your Own Unit Studies as an ebook
Learning Materials for the Homeschool
Three decades of home educating experience is pulled together in this comprehensive list of consumables, materials and resources; everything you can think of to inspire learning and creativity in the home educating environment. Arranged under the curriculum subjects of English and Language Development; Mathematics; Healthy and Physical Development; Humanities and Social Sciences; Science; The Arts; Technology and Information Technology. Also includes invaluable information and tips on how to set up your home to encourage and maximise learning opportunities.
softcover $5.00
eBook $3.00
buy Learning Materials for Home Educating as an ebook
Teaching Strategies for Home Educators
In homeschooling families the focus is usually on what is taught - the content. This booklet seeks to examine the how of teaching. Beginning with exploring and celebrating what kind of teacher you are, Beverley shares many of her reflections, experience, tips and suggestions to help you become a more effective home educator. Perhaps, if your children are resisting your attempts to help them learn, it is time for a 'teacher-make-over': Beverley has some suggestions for that too!

softcover $5.00
eBook $3.00
buy Teaching Strategies for Home Educators as an ebook
Exploring Approaches to Homeschool
Notes from the keynote speakers at the 2008 Adelaide Exploring Approaches to Home Education Seminar, all with many years of experience. Topics covered included: Unschooling, Classical Education, Steiner Inspired, Distance Education, Natural Learning and Unschooling, Using a Unit Study Approach, Charlotte Mason Home Education, Home Educating Children with Special Needs, and Discipleship Relational Based Home Education.
softcover $5.00
eBook $3.00
buy Exploring Approaches to Home Education as an ebook
Translating Everyday Language into Educational Jargon
Learn to take your children's everyday activities and wrap them up in the jargon of school - not only to help you report your children's learning to educational authorities if you need to, but also to help build your confidence that no matter what your children are doing, it is probably covered somewhere in the school curriculum - and it's definitely learning! Beginning with an exploration of what jargon is and why it used, and the benefits of becoming confident (if not comfortable!) users of it, Beverley gives some examples of how we can use it when recording what and how our children are learning. There are also practical examples showing how to decode jargon, and a list of educational jargon you with which you can have a play!
softcover $5.00
eBook $3.00
buy Translating Everyday Langauge into Educational Jargon as an ebook
Early Years Language Pack
Reading, Writing, Spelling, Handwriting, Language Games: simple, invaluable tips and suggestions to make it easy for you to help your child to learn. 5 booklets pack 20% discount off single price
$20.00
Building Homeschool Community: How to Start a Support Group
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. 
ISBN 978187665156, 84 pages
softcover $9.00
eBook $3.00
buy Beverley Paine's Building Home Educating Networks How to Start a Support Group as an ebook
Looking Back, What Would We Change?
Drawing on her notes from her 2008 presentation at a conference held in Brisbane in 2008 Beverley shares insights she's learned along the way as a home educating parent and talks about what she and Robin felt they did right, their regrets, and what they would differently if they had their time over again. Beverley's honesty and frankness shines through her writing, imbuing them with authenticity. Two decades of home educating experience are packed into this gem of a booklet.
softcover $5.00
eBook $3.00
buy Beverley Paine's Looking Back What Would We Change as an ebook

Homeschooling Diaries and Reports/Portfolios

 
Weekly Homeschooling Diary
Set up with space to record main learning activities each day.
$9.50
Natural Learning Homeschooling Diary
Includes a log of child-initiated activities, including play, as well as space for recording learning in each subject area. Available in A5 and A4.
Sample page
How to use the Diary

$9.50 or $14.50

Select A4 or A5 Diary
Home Education Reports/Portfolios – Early Childhood
These Reports will help to take the work out of annual assessment, programming and recording.
$6.25
Home Education Reports/Portfolios – Middle Childhood
Designed with an easy to follow format, the Reports come with a how to use guide and a list of sample assessment tasks.
$6.25
Home Education Reports/Portfolios – Early Adolescence
Include clearly outlined lists of educational aims and objectives for each of the nationally recognised curriculum subjects.
$6.25


Natural Learning and Unschooling Books

 
Unschooling Natural Learning Pack
Includes these titles by Beverley - demystifying and answering questions about unschooling the natural learning way! Natural Learning; Natural Learning Answers; Learning Naturally Diary; Learning Maths Naturally; A Sample Approved Natural Learning Program and Review

$29.00 or $33.00
Select A4 or A5 Diary
Natural Learning Answers
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. Using a question and answer approach Beverley Paine uses real examples (with names changed) to help parents better understand how natural learning can enhance their home educating experience.


$12.00

eBook $5.00
buy Beverley Paine's Natural Learning Answers as an ebook

Learning in the Absence of Education
Containing over 60 articles drawn from Beverley's first decade of home educating her children, this book covers a range of issues, such as late readers, value of play, socialisation, learning maths, testing, etc. An intimate, frank and honest look at day-to-day home educating life spanning several years. The author's youngest child coined the title one day when he innocently asked, "Mum, I'm learning in the absence of education, aren't I?" meaning learning without school and the traditional methods of learning employed by schools. This book shows the transition the author family made from homeschooling to unschooling and natural learning.

Highly recommended!
eBook, 190 pages



eBook $9.00
buy Choosing Homeschool Curriculum as an ebook
Natural Learning : Simply Living
Natural Learning isn't a home educating method or approach, it is a way of looking at children and life. It isn't an educational choice, it is a lifestyle choice! Through a collection of powerful and profound slides let experienced unschooler Beverley Paine help you learn to trust in your children's natural learning ability. Natural Learning : Simply Living begins by describing how we learn before exploring what natural learning is and isn't, before concluding with a series of useful and handy tips on how to ease into a natural learning simply living lifestyle with your children. A slideshow ebook, 53 pages.


slideshow
eBook $3.00
buy Beverley Paine's Natural Learning Simply Living slideshow ebook
Unschooling Our Children Deschooling Ourselves
At its heart unschooling challenges the prevailing dogma that education equals schooling. Unschooling trusts that children will learn naturally without coercion or manipulation what they need and want to learn. Deschooling is the process of letting go of the need to teach our children what other people think they should know and be able to do. Let experienced unschooler and educating parent Beverley Paine help you become aware of and challenge your conditioned thoughts about education and schooling and free your mind from these limiting constraints.


slideshow
eBook $3.00
buy Beverley Paine's Unschooling our Children Deschooling Ourselves slideshow ebook
A Sample Natural Learning Program & Review
One family's natural learning program for an eight year old, as presented to, and approved by,  the SA educational  authorities. See how you too can record and translate what you child does into a home education 'learning plan' for the purpose of registration.
$5.00
Natural Learning
Allow your children to pursue their passions and interests and build learning programs around every day life.
$5.00
Natural Education Curriculum Checklist Fridge Magnet
Perfect reminder for you and the children! A5 laminated colourful fridge magnet with a simple checklist that covers all essential learning areas in a way that is easy for the young and young at heart to understand.

$4.50

Learning Maths Naturally
Margaret and Beverley share how they helped their children retain their natural maths ability.
$5.00

Beverley's Practical Homeschooling Series: Curriculum

 
100 Strategies and Ideas for Teaching Geography
Drawing on her obvious enthusiasm for geography Beverley shows how to integrate this subject into your everyday life in simple, easy and achievable ways. With chapters on why teach geography, it's benefits, how to monitor your children's learning as well as checklists to guide you as you plan your explorations, Beverley includes 100 ideas and activities you can implement to enhance learning geography from home. 
softcover $5.00
eBook $3.00
buy Beverley Paine's Let's Learn Geography as an ebook
Early Years Language Pack
Reading, Writing, Spelling, Handwriting, Language Games: simple, invaluable tips and suggestions to make it easy for you to help your child to learn.
5 booklets pack 20% discount off single price
$20.00
The Spelling Process
This gem will get you started with teaching tips, advice and suggestions on spelling.
$5.00
The Writing Process
Simple, practical and invaluable suggestions on how to teach writing.
$5.00
Learning to Love Reading
Children immersed in a world where reading is valued and an everyday part of life naturally develop a desire to read. With help and encouragement they will soon become readers, even those for whom learning to decode the little squiggles on the page is difficult. In this booklet, Beverley includes dozens of practical and simple, tried and proven ways to encourage your child to learn to love reading.

$5.00
eBook $3.00
buy Beverley Paine's Learnign To Love Reading as an ebook
Language Games You Can Play
A collection of simple word games you can play with your children to encourage language development.
$5.00
eBook $1.00
buy Beverley Paine's Quick and Easy Language Games you can play with your children as an ebook
Developing Handwriting
With clear examples, this booklet demystifies the process of developing handwriting.
$5.00


Educational Games Booklets

Use the games to launch unit studies, spark interest, or to reinforce interest, increase knowledge or consolidate previous learning.

 
SPECIAL!! 25% Discount!
All 8 games booklets as listed below in this section, instead of $40.00 pay only $32.00!
$32.00
Let's Play Together, Traditional Children's Games
It's through playing games children learn to share and take turns, work and play together in constructive and sociable ways. To the children, of course, it's all about having fun! This collection of traditional games, largely taken from Beverley's memory as well as those of her friends, harks back to those halycon days of childhood where long lazy summer evenings were spent playing chasey, hide'n'seek, or all-over-red-rover...
$5.00
eBook $3.00
buy Beverley Paine's Let's Play Together a collection of Traditional Children's Games as an ebook
Physical and Mental Games for Families Book One: Fast Games and Quiet Games $5.00
Physical and Mental Games for Families Book Two: Outdoor, Campfire, Water and Theme Games $5.00
$5.00
Educational Games for Families Book Two: Science $5.00
Educational Games for Families Book Three: History Geography, French, German and Latin $5.00
Life Skill Games for Families Book One: Estimation, First Aid, Health, Tracking, Safety, Knotting and Navigation $5.00
Life Skill Games for Families Book Two: Character Building, Handcraft, Aussie Flags and Emblems, Discovery, Nature and Conservation, Cooking, Self Expression, Tools and Construction $5.00
   

Miscellaneous

 

The Chimaera Conspiracy, by Beverley Paine
A science fiction novel for 12-16 year olds.
BONUS! Click here to download your FREE Literature Unit Study for Beverley's novel.
Classroom sets available - please inquire for discount on bulk orders

$3.50

 

         
 
   
 

 

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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Help

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

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