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Natural Learning

Beverley and Robin are strong believers in the principle of learning naturally, that is, allowing children to learn at their own pace, in their own way, those things they need to learn as they grow and develop.

Also referred to as 'unschooling' or 'radical unschooling', natural learning places an an emphasis on learning life-skills within the context of family and community. Children learn to cooperate and compromise as they participate fully in family and community life. Some proponents like to call natural learning 'child led' or 'delight driven' education, however, these are only components of how children learn naturally.

Natural learning also encompasses learning that isn't fun or delightful: learning is 'needs-based'. Children are driven to learn in order to grow into adulthood - getting in the way of this learning, by insisting on it happening contrary to how the child learns best, is what natural learning seeks to avoid.

Learning is a complex reaction to stimuli. Everyone learns naturally. Learning is as natural as breathing! By recognizing and honouring the ways in which we learn naturally we can maximise our learning potential.

For more information on Natural Learning see Beverley's articles on the Homeschool Australia website.

The ever-growing range of booklets by Beverley Paine and friends covers many topics, offering information, insight and help on many of the issues that face new and experienced home educators.

Explore a new way of learning with your children
that takes the stress and work out of home education!

See also the Educational Games Booklet Series

Natural Learning
by Beverley Paine

ISBN 1876651075 A5, stapled, 60g, up to 32 pages.1999

Allow your children to pursue their passions and interests and build learning programs around every day life...  Beverley shares her tips on how to homeschool with simplicity and efficiency.

Her unique perspective on this unschooling approach to education is both liberating and reassuring. You don't need to let your children dictate to you what, how and when they will learn whatever they want to learn... Build responsible and motivated learners by understanding how why and how learning happens, what works and what doesn't work and what is really important when we talk about educating children.

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Learning Maths Naturally
by Margaret Etherton and Beverley Paine

ISBN 1876651164 A5, stapled, 50g, 36 pages. 2005

Many of us became confused as young mathematicians at school... Margaret and Beverley share how they helped their children retain this natural ability. Tips, ideas and suggestions accompany these two reassuring accounts. 

These two engaging essays illustrate a different way to look at maths. Stop being fearful about teaching maths and home and learn how we all think mathematically throughout the day. Learning maths is actually a lot easier than we think it is!

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A Sample 'Approved' Learning Naturally Homeschooling Program & Review
by Louise Wilton

ISBN 1876651113 A5, stapled, 90g, up to 48 pages 2004

One family's learning program for an eight year old, as presented to, and approved by,  the Sout Australia educational  authorities. It demonstrates the successful learning that can, and does, occur naturally, within a framework

This thorough document details much more than home education registration authorities in Australia require - by about 45 pages or more! But it does demonstrate how easy it is to create a complex and fully-rounded curriculum for your child from scratch. Read together, the proposed learning program and the annual review a year later, show how the structure of a learning plan unfolds while at the same time remains flexibe and adaptive to changing conditions and responsive to new situations and materials.

Use this program and review as a guide to help you build your own curriculum - using natural learning principles - for your children.

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Learning in the Absence of Education
by Beverley Paine

ISBN 1876651016, 1999, 128 pages, glossy paperback, A4

After writing Getting Started with Homeschooling a good friend complained that she thought it would be a book about how Beverley educated her children at home - what happened everyday and how, not a manual on how to write learning programs, evaluate and record and write your own curriculum. Beverley responded with a much more personal view of how her children learned everything, from doing maths to reading to playing with friends. A collection of articles drawn from ten years of the Paine family homeschooling life, this book covers more than just what happened every day, it also is a frank and honest look at the doubts, issues and concerns that plagued Beverley and how the family dealt with them.

People have commented on how inspiring and reassuring this down-to-earth book is... Buy it and be convinced that homeschooling isn't as hard as it looks and will work for your family!

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Let's Play Together Traditional Children's Games
by Beverley Paine
A collection of remembered and shared traditional children's games with introduction. 2005
ISBN 1876651156 A5 stapled, 80g, 52 pages

"I have just read and loved a booklet of yours on Natural Learning. I loved how you defined natural learning, what a useful booklet! I wish I'd read it when i was first starting out!" Julie

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Read articles by Beverley and friends on Natural Learning on the Homeschool Australia web site:



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.


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"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

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"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

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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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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.

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More help: If you have any questions about the ordering process only please email us. Questions about home educating your children should be directed to one of Beverley's support groups:

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