Getting Started

January 19, 2018

Anything is Possible

How to Run Your Next Home Ed Camp or Excursion By Colita Scott Home education camps and events are all about giving your children an experience to remember. For me, the best parts of school were the school camps and […]
January 10, 2018

Dear New Home Educator

Dear New Home Educator, Congratulations on your decision to educate your children from home. You’ve borrowed a pile of books from the library and scoured the internet for advice; you may have bought some supplies already. Great…except that every ‘expert’ […]
November 26, 2017

Fulfilling the 8 Key Learning Areas

By Bekah Carman In Victoria we are required to provide “regular and efficient instruction that taken as a whole, substantially addresses the [8 key] learning areas”.  I recently released a post that discussed the value of looking at the Victorian […]
November 6, 2017

Unschooling is not Unparenting

By Sue Wight Something odd is happening in the world of unschooling. Sarah has heard that if her children want chocolate biscuits for breakfast, they will eat a balanced diet over time without well-meaning interference from her. Meanwhile, she’s struggling […]
October 14, 2017

Learning by Immersion

By Sue Wight We all learnt to speak via the immersion method. Babies become aware of vocal patterns and connect them with visual cues from facial expressions and body language and are on their way to cracking the code of […]
August 1, 2017

Member benefits

Access to HEN’s public liability insurance Advertise home education events you are organising in Otherways and/or by email notification to members Access to the HEN community Access to Australian Mathematics Competition & Australian Informatics Competition with HEN as your ‘school’. […]
July 14, 2016

Are you qualified?

By Susan Wight Somehow this question puts us on the back foot and we find ourselves mumbling, “Umm, well no I’m not a teacher…” Why? Why do we give in to the assumption that we need some kind of certificate […]
June 10, 2016

What gives home education the edge?

School people often nod along with so many of the things we home educators talk about – catering to individual interests, child-led learning, play-based learning, experiential learning. They actually agree that all these things are desirable and are beginning to […]
May 19, 2016

The Journey of My Two Free Spirits

By Marie Cosgrove I’ve always valued being different but now my girls say they just want to be ‘normal’… My home ed journey began long before I had children. I was first introduced to the idea by my sister–in-law, who […]
May 10, 2016

Just Playing

By Susan Wight Play is children’s work and yet it is curiously undervalued in our society. Many adults fervently believe that there can be no ‘educational value’ in something that children choose to do. Their concern about home educating without […]