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August 28, 2015

Student & Travel Card Alternatives

For those looking for student and travel cards, there are a number of options. The pros and cons for each and which one will suit your student’s needs will depend on how old they are and what they are most […]
August 28, 2015

Youth Allowance

Youth Allowance is a Social Security payment for young people based on the family’s means, which is paid through Centrelink, a federal body.  Centrelink’s policy is that to be eligible a young person under 18 normally needs to be a […]
August 28, 2015

Should I register? (Victoria)

This information has been updated from an article written for Otherways magazine by a home educating lawyer in 2006 when registration became a legal requirement in Victoria. Note that a penalty unit is $155.46 (2016/17) and increases annually.  Why register? […]
August 28, 2015

What Happens if I Don’t Register? (Victoria)

Despite the fact that registration is required by law, some home educators decide not to register. Anecdotally, this is much less common in Victoria than in other states. This information is provided so that you can assess the risks and […]
August 28, 2015

Victorian Home Education History

Victoria has always been the easiest state to home educate in and we have fought hard over the years to keep it that way. Up until 2006, it was allowable under a combination of the Victorian Education Act 1958 and The Community […]
August 28, 2015

A Matter of Style

An Explanation of Home Education Methods Distance Education This is a home education style most people have heard of. The curriculum is provided by the government, completed at home under parent supervision and returned for marking. It mirrors the state […]
August 28, 2015

Informal Learning

by Alan Thomas Infants start learning informally from (or before?) birth, mainly through interaction with the mother or other caregivers. Part of this is learning how to behave in culturally appropriate ways, e.g., how to deal with emotions, how to […]
August 28, 2015

Natural Learning in Action

By Susan Wight Natural Learning is not ‘Doing Nothing’ Confession time: Sometimes I get ‘the guilts’ and think I’m not really educating my children at all. This feeling usually creeps in following someone’s wide-eyed response when I tell them that […]
August 28, 2015

Jean Lave’s Problem

by Dr John Peacock Jean Lave had a problem. She knew that the best scholarship said that schools were better than other places of learning because in schools skilled professionals taught general principles that were objective and unbiased because they […]
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 […]