Otherways is Australia’s longest running alternative education magazine, produced quarterly by a team of HEN volunteers. Otherways supports you by bringing together an amazing collection of stories and advice from home educating families willing to share their experiences with others. This makes Otherways truly a community effort!
Putting together a 50 page+ magazine is no small feat and takes at least two months to get it ready for delivery to your mailbox and available for downloading on our website. Our wonderful team of volunteers works on editing, proof-reading, page-layout, organising printing, Otherways website section, organising contributor ‘thank you’ gifts, enveloping and posting it to you. You can read more about the process in Otherways from Us to You in issue 157, available on our website.
However, there is an aspect of Otherways that every single one of our members can be involved in and without it we cannot even start on the next issue. Yes – contributing content! Last issue has only just arrived in your mailboxes because in late March and early April when the production of the May issue should have been well underway, we were still facing a rather empty editor inbox!
Have you been following our Otherways History series this year? Have you read about how during the 1990s each issue of Otherways was created (literally cut and pasted!) in turn by various local groups? More recently we have included mini magazines created by local groups – this is such a fabulous creative project for a home ed group (children, teens and adults) or even could be done by several families pooling their time and resources.
We would love to receive contributions from all of our members – imagine if we received a contribution from every member even once every few years. Regardless of how long you have been home educating, or even if you have hung up your home-educator hat, you have a unique experience and story to offer. We believe that everyone in our community has the ability to meet the needs of their children in their own unique way. Sharing our stories both inspires and supports others in our community.
In each issue we endeavour to include a variety of stories from members sharing their own experience, thoughts and ideas, a few regular columns and some new ones, such as:
Both of these can include photos of what they have made or activities they have attended, art, drawings, writing about their hobbies or things they enjoy doing – anything that they would like to share with their home ed friends. If you are struggling to find a real purpose for writing for your kids or teens, then this is your perfect opportunity.
Hopefully the above will give you some ideas and inspiration to share a little bit of your home ed life with others. This list is not exhaustive and you can write on any home education related topic!
We are now sourcing articles for our next issue due out in August. Submissions received by 15 June will go into a draw to win a Periodic Table Poster from Stile Education.
Information on submissions: https://home-ed.vic.edu.au/otherways/
Any questions? Where and when to send your submission? firstname.lastname@example.org
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