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September 2, 2015

Dealing with Burnout

By Carol Naigon Question: I’ve been homeschooling for 10 years now. I have five children ages 18-3years. My question is, how do I effectively homeschool when I no longer have the heart for it? I am burnt out, tired and […]
September 2, 2015

The Danger of Maternal Overload and Maternal Distress

Home education is not an easy option. It differs from classroom education and produces different results in the child, parents and in the family as a whole. Choosing to educate your child at home is making a long-term life-style decision […]
September 2, 2015

Learning to Read

Reading is a perennial topic amongst home educators. Many find that children do pick up reading quite naturally in the normal course of a home learning situation. Others are adamant proponents of a phonics method. ‘Late’ reading is common amongst […]
August 28, 2015

Children educated at home don’t learn like they do in school

Ockam’s Razor, 1996 Robyn Williams: Bertrand Russell never went to school; it didn’t appear to do him much harm either, as he still got to Trinity College Cambridge, revolutionised 20th century mathematics, won the Nobel Prize for Literature and did […]
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

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. HEN surveys consistently indicate 93% of Victorian home educators are registered, this appears to be a higher compliance rate than other states. The following […]
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 […]