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Learning Without School
Home Educating Families Share a Day in their Lives
Edited by Beverley Paine
92 pages, 210mm x 290mm, illustrated.
Now available as an eBook!
Although home education isn't a new phenomenon – and is, in fact, millennia older than the tradition of school education – it is arousing intense curiosity among parents and young people desperate to find satisfying and successful solutions to the perennial problems experienced in the classroom.
… are thinking about taking your children out of the school system,
… want to avoid school altogether,
… are curious about how homeschooling parents balance relationships, work and leisure commitments, manage the housework – and – educate their children at home,
… already homeschool but are looking for fresh ideas,
… are interested in other homeschooling approaches,
… or perhaps simply long to be a ‘fly on the wall’ and see how other families organise learning at home…
…this book is for you.
Explore how different families journey along this liberating educational path. Discover the secrets to homeschooling success as you read this wonderful collection of real days and weeks showing a wide spectrum of tried and tested approaches to home education. Over thirty articulate and intimate ‘snapshots’ of everyday family life capture the unique essence and flexible nature of Australian home education.
"When first introduced to the concept of home education most people think of mum standing by a desk, child with bent head, busily writing or reading… Home educated children may have desks, and parents do teach lessons from books, but homeschooling is much more than ‘school-at-home’, as the experiences shared by the many families in this book demonstrate.
I’m always astounded by, and grateful for, the willingness of homeschooling families to share their experiences with others. It doesn’t matter how long we’ve been teaching our children at home, the urge to see how other families ‘do it’ is forever strong. Our reasons are many: we may yearn for fresh ideas, practical tips and/or reassurance. Robust support networks have grown to answer this need. They provide an enduring sense of companionship among homeschooling families. It is with this sentiment that these articulate, and enthusiastically given, ‘snapshots’ of daily homeschooling life are offered by the families in this book.
Reading their contributions was one of the real pleasures of working on Learning Without School. I am indebted to Kim, Emily, Beth, Sonia, Mandy, Sonia, Kirsten and their families, and the Chapman, Moore, Collins, McNeill, Cooper, Coleman, Heath, Tuckerman. Cordes, Jacob, Collins, Delpol, Harding, van Rijn, Hardy, Tunes, Shobbrook, Herriman, Davidson, Savins, Whittaker families, for making time from their busy homeschooling lives to help with this project. A huge thank you goes to the children; Jade, Ilana, Michelle, Thomas, and Elizabeth and to all those that sent in photographs and beautiful artwork.
I am extremely grateful to those many friends whose contributions took less tangible form, most often as conversations that gave me the inspiration and confidence to produce this book. And finally, I say a huge thank you to my three wonderful children, April, Roger and Thomas, who, over the years, have taught me most of what I know about the nature of learning, and to my wonderful husband, Robin, for his steadfast support and assistance in bringing Learning Without Schooling to fruition."
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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
The Educating Parent
Home Education Association
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