Articles

August 28, 2015

Unschooling or Homeschooling

What is the Difference? By Gail S. Withrow Ask around at your next homeschool conference to compare what people answer when this question pops up: “What does it mean to unschool?” Some will answer that unschooling is homeschooling without using a […]
August 28, 2015

Eclectic Heretic Homeschooler

By Lisa Donnelly I read with great interest the article in a recent home education magazine defending unschooling to structured schoolers. In my neck of the woods, the shoe seems to be permanently on the other foot. I can’t count […]
August 28, 2015

Head, Heart and Hands

Weaving Waldorf Education into Home Learning By Brenda J. Armstrong Receive the children in reverence, Educate them with love, Send them forth in freedom – Rudolph Steiner I watch our nine-year-old daughter as she eyes the many baskets of wool […]
August 26, 2015

Special Needs or Just Special

It was going to be his first day on the mountain and my old anxieties were creeping in. With his brand new snowboard tucked under his arm and his first-ever season lift ticket hanging from his neck, my 12 year […]
August 24, 2015

Vaccinations

In Victoria each year local councils provide a free school-based immunisation service at every secondary school. Age equivalent adolescents can also access the free vaccines outside of the school-based program at a local council community immunisation session or at their […]
August 24, 2015

Dental Care

The Commonwealth Child Dental Benefits Schedule allows for up to $1000* basic dental treatment over a two-year period for eligible 2–17 year olds 2-17 year olds are eligible if they receive Family Tax Benefit A External website icon or other […]
August 24, 2015

Isolated Children’s Allowance

The ‘Isolated Children’s Allowance’ is available to some parents for children educated outside of the school or at home. The old eligibility criteria for this allowance was very strict – basically your child had to be ‘incapable of attending school’ […]
August 24, 2015

Family Tax Benefit Part A

Home educating families with children up to age 16 are eligible for the Family Tax Benefit Part A if they meet the other criteria. As of January 1st 2014, a change to the eligibility criteria for FTB Part A means […]
August 24, 2015

Newstart Allowance

In July 2006, ‘welfare-to-work’ policies were introduced for single parent payments. This policy required most single parents with school-aged children to be employed or seeking employment of 15 to 25 hours per week in return for their income support payment. The […]
August 19, 2015

60 Minutes Segment on Unschooling

The 60 minutes segment itself is no longer on the 60 minutes site itself but: Dayna Martin has it on her website ‘Extra minutes’ are on YouTube Channel 9 Mornings with Sandra Dodd The Clark family were interviewed with The […]