September 2, 2018

Home Ed, Centrelink and Kids Aged 16+

If parents are receiving Jobseeker or Family Tax Benefit, they may lose it when their youngest child turns 16, but not everyone does. Jobseeker Once the youngest child turns 16, the automatic exemption from the Mutual Obligation Requirements ceases. You may still be eligible for an exemption but if so, you will receive the lower level of Jobseeker (not the higher level you received previously). […]
September 2, 2015

Home Educating Gifted and 2e Kids including Victorian resources

Starting home education can be quite daunting—doubly so if you are deciding to home educate children with diverse learning needs, whether they are gifted, disabled, or both (called twice exceptional or 2e). Neurodiverse kids tend not to fit in neat school boxes, and can be a challenge to parent and to home educate.   Defining Giftedness Though giftedness can be hard to define, there […]
September 2, 2015

Seeing the Gift instead of the Problem

By Sue Wight   Home educating is all very well, but what if your children are gifted? Won’t they need the special programs only available in school? How could a parent be qualified to educate them? Don’t gifted children have trouble socialising anyway, and won’t home education make that worse? School Provision Firstly, let’s look at those “special programs” in schools. In Australia there […]
September 2, 2015

Dyslexia and the Obsession with Literacy

By Roland Meighan, Educational Heretics Press A few years ago, I invited trainee teachers to visit home educating families to see what they might learn from such an experience. One young woman visited a family where all four children, two boys and two girls, were diagnosed by the unit at the University of Aston as dyslexic in varying degrees of severity. The trainee teacher […]
September 2, 2015

Help for Dyslexia

Dyslexic children are often auditory and kinesthetic learners. They learn best by hearing and by doing. Hands on, concrete activities are the best for reading spelling, writing and maths.Writing on buff or coloured paper is often better than white, because it reduces the glare and enables them to concentrate better. Play dough or modelling clay is great for little children to form letters, words […]
September 2, 2015

The Down Syndrome Family

By Barbara Frank We were your average homeschool family. We had been happily homeschooling our older two children for five years, and had an adorable little toddler who kept us busy and made sure we weren’t getting too set in our ways. In addition, we were expecting baby number four. Joshua was born shortly after midnight one rainy March night. He was a little […]
September 2, 2015

Riding the Rainbow

By Cleve Elaine Richey Long before my decision to pull my seven-year-old son, Alex, from public school, I was his teacher. But teaching him meant far more than “enrichment.” It meant reaching him. It meant his survival. As a baby, he’d never wanted to be held, never cooed or babbled. Unlike his sister, who took such pleasure when we played with her, Alex didn’t […]
September 2, 2015

Unschooling With ADD

By Kathy Ward In recent years there’s been a strong trend for parents to remove their children from school and bring them home to learn because many schools have been failing to provide a positive learning experience for their children. These kids have been bright, personable, competent in many realms, and yet they’ve found themselves existing on the outskirts of the learning experiences that […]
September 2, 2015

Teens continuing home education

For families who have home educated through the primary school years, in many ways home educating a teenager is no different – you just keep on providing a stimulating educational environment and seeking out information and opportunities on topics that match their interests. The main difference is that as kids get older you use higher level resources. Teens also become more independent at finding […]
September 2, 2015

Quitting school

Many people home educate teenagers so you won’t be alone. If they wish, teens leaving school can maintain school friendships in out-of-school hours; they also maintain or make friendships from sporting and hobby groups; and are made most welcome amongst the home education community. To be ‘in the loop’ about what’s on, it is worth joining the network. Members receive weekly emails with coming events. […]
September 2, 2015

Turning 17 or 18

Depending on the compulsory school age in your state, once you reach 17 or 18, home education registration is no longer a legal requirement and, in fact, you may not be able to register for home education in the year you turn 18. If registration is no longer a legal requirement you may wish to remain registered if: Registration in your state meets the […]
September 2, 2015

Home ed all the way

It is quite possible to home educate right through to university entrance without VCE but keep in mind that, in Victoria, home education at this level does not result in a recognised qualification and students are therefore ineligible for Youth Allowance. Students who choose to home educate through to year 12 level then have the option to enter a further education institution, start businesses […]
September 2, 2015

The AYCE Program

The AYCE programme is the standard Victorian school curriculum (years 7-12) open to all but only requires attendance once a week with the work completed at home. It is a popular transition programme for home educators and also for students looking for a halfway point between regular school and home education. The main campus is at Yea High School but there are others. Many […]
September 2, 2015

VCE & Alternatives

Note: HEN members have access to free advice on pathways to courses and careers. Join now VCE is not necessary for university entrance (see university entry) but if you do want to do VCE, you can enter a regular school in order to complete it, or these options are worth considering: VCE via Virtual School Victoria (formerly known as Distance Education Centre Victoria/DECV). Home […]
September 2, 2015

TAFE & Adult Education Providers

It is quite easy to get into TAFE or enrol in courses with various Adult Community Education providers. There are generally no formal prerequisites although students undergo a basic literacy and numeracy entrance test. Where prerequisites do exist TAFEs often have bridging courses to get you up to speed. TAFE certificates and diplomas can be used as a stepping stone to university or to […]
September 2, 2015

University entry

Note: HEN members have access to free advice on pathways to courses and careers. Join now Home ed students have been accepted into every major Australian university. Home ed students and their families need to be pro-active in terms of investigating the options and deciding on the best route for each student. We provide the following information to get you started. You may find […]
September 2, 2015

The University of Life

Learning continues throughout your entire life. Some students are choosing to just keep on educating themselves rather than enrol in formal universities. There are so many resources online now that it is quite possible to do this at an advanced level. Given the rising costs of a university education, for some the real-world experience of work and travel combined with continuing to educate themselves […]
September 2, 2015

TAFE funding for home ed students

Home educators are often hit with the funding issue when they approach a TAFE or adult education provider to enrol in a course – as home ed students they are told they are ineligible for a funded place. However, home educated students can access funded TAFE places for certificates or diplomas if they de-register from the VRQA first – ie you are either a […]