Always Learning Books
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
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.
Learning Maths Naturally
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!
A Sample 'Approved' Learning Naturally Homeschooling Program & Review
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.
Learning in the Absence of Education
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!
Let's Play Together Traditional Children's Games
"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
Read articles by Beverley and friends on Natural Learning on the Homeschool Australia web site:
"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
Beverley's manual on how to write your own homeschool curriculum! The ultimate DIY guide. Still only $25...
"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."
"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.
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