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Home Schooling

Home schooling is a viable, educational alternative which appears popular in other countries, especially the United States, and which is gaining increasing popularity in Australia.

Home schooling provides an alternative educational solution for people holding particular beliefs, or having genuine concern about specific circumstances relating to a given situation. But - it is not just a simple and easy solution for every problem that may occur.

Those considering involvement in this process must understand there are not only potential benefits but also responsibilities associated with such a decision. Removing a student from a situation causing major concern is only the first step.

Then come obligations linked to legal requirements and most importantly, the effective and ongoing education of your child, as this will affect not only their education but future life. It must be done with due care and understanding for it to be effective. Done properly, it can work very well. Done wrongly, it may have devastating consequences.

This page looks at beginning home schooling, home schooling blogs, magazines and journals, research, specialist areas and other general information. Some Australian material is included in these sections.

The First Page looks at Home Schooling in all Australian states & territories. Registration, Support Group and Other Information is provided in separate listings within each section.

The Home Schooling Resources page provides access to resources from Australia and overseas.

Specialist Areas

Catholic Homeschooling

  • Catholic Homeschool Australia
    ‘A place where Catholic homeschooling families can come together and share their ideas, experiences and provide some support to others’.
  • New !Catholic Homeschooling Curriculum and Resources
    Homeschool.com,USA. ‘Whether you’re looking for a traditional Catholic homeschool curriculum or classical Catholic homeschool programs, options abound for your family’. Getting Started with Catholic Homeschooling, Take That First Step, Looking For More Catholic Homeschooling Resources ?, more.

Christian Homeschooling

Gifted Children - Homeschooling

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Montessori Homeschooling

Muslim/Islamic Home Schooling

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Special Needs Children - Homeschooling

Unschooling

  • Radical Unschooling
    Sandra Dodd. USA, but referred to by many Australian homeschoolers interested in this area. Extensive information.
  • Unschooling
    Philosophy, History & usage of the term, home education, socialisation, criticisms, other forms of alternative education, prominent advocates, adult unschoolers of note, references, other links. Wikipedia.
  • Unschooling at Suite101.com [Facebook]
    ‘Sharing information and resources’.

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Other Information

Beginning Homeschooling

  • Definitive Guide To Homeschooling
    While this is from the UK, there is a lot of common sense and thought involved in this article. Use what is relevant to help if you are considering homeschooling.
  • Design Your Homeschool Approach
    ‘I am not here to sell you homeschool curriculum or push a certain approach, but to help you discover what will work in your family’. Australian.
  • Essential Facts For Homeschooling Australia
    ‘Find information here for general information on homeschooling Australia; where to look for information to start homeschooling in Australia; homeschooling Australia’s legal requirements - states and territories; and homeschooling support groups in Australia’.
  • Guide to Homeschooling
    What it is, why homeschool, legal status, advantages and disadvantages, whether it is right for you and your child, getting started, curriculum, teaching approach, keeping records, will there be tests ?, and other resources.
  • Home School FAQs
    ‘How do I start homeschooling ?’ to ‘How do I cope with the stress of home schooling ?’. Links to other material and information.
  • Homeschooling In Australia :
    “Where Do I Begin ?”. Short article, links to further information.
  • How to Start Home Schooling
    Canadian Homeschooling Supply. Common sense thoughts.
  • Is Homeschool for You ?
    ‘Making the decision to homeschool is usually very difficult and not one to be taken lightly. It is a personal decision that I can’t make for you, but maybe I can help in the thought process’.
  • Kidica : Home Schooling
    Information, articles, links to resources and curriculum, especially for those considering homeschooling. Canada.
  • Practical Advice for New Homeschoolers
    Homeschool Central. USA.
  • Simply Homeschool
    ‘Why Homeschool ?; Homeschooling in Australia; Styles of homeschooling; Children with special needs; FAQs [worth reading]’. Additionally you can have a Free trial of their available program. The full program is fee-based but is well within the scope of people who may be interested.
  • The Real Pros And Cons Of Homeschooling
    Stay at Home Mum. Australian perspective. ‘Homeschooling, it’s certainly not the route for everyone in the journey towards educating the next generation of Australians, yet it is undoubtedly growing in popularity. So you might be wondering, what exactly are the benefits to homeschooling, and is it something you should consider for your own children ?’
  • Top 10 Tips for New Homeschoolers
    ‘My top ten list for today is to help some of those new families through the first year [or two] of homeschooling’.

Blogs

Blogs from Australia and the world on homeschooling. We have concentrated on those from Australia. A number have a strong, religious ethos.

Australian

  • New !AussieHomeschool Blog
    ‘You are not alone in your homeschooling journey. Our forums will assist you to feel informed and confident. Read tips and tricks from experienced and veteran homeschoolers. We are the largest home education forum in the Southern Hemisphere’.
  • Australian Homeschool Bloggers
    ‘Blogs can be inspirational and informative. Over the years I’ve received some great ideas from bloggers. Here’s a list of blogs I enjoy. Please feel free to add your Aussie homeschool blog in my comments section’.
  • An Everyday Story
    ‘I now homeschool our two children inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach and Project-Based Homeschooling’. Lots of eminently sensible advice, especially regarding resources.
  • AussieHomeschool Blog
    ‘To unite Australian homeschoolers regardless of differing ages, schedules, methods, curricula, locations or preferences’.
  • Aussie Pumpkin Patch
    Ideas, book lists, shop, links to other homeschooling resources, recipes and more.
  • Bruggie Tales
    ‘Tales of an Australian Homeschooling family since 2003’.
  • Every Bed of Roses
    ‘Passionate about supporting and encouraging homeschoolers, homeschooling and books as well as great encouraging fellowship. I homeschool in Victoria Australia where there are legal requirements to home educate’.
  • Hedjumacation
    Lots of helpful information and support from a long-time homeschooler from the ACT.
  • Our Aussie Homeschool
    ‘Living & Learning in Australia. Homeschooling can be hard, but you aren’t alone’ !
  • Our Worldwide Classroom
    ‘Our world is full of fun, cheekiness and learning’.
  • Racheous
    ‘Australian Montessori at home homeschool blog’.
  • Seven Little Australians and Counting
    From an Australian homeschooling mother who has been blogging for a number of years.
  • Stories of an Unschooling Family
    ‘I’m an Australian blogger, podcaster and YouTuber. I write and speak about unschooling, parenting and family life’.

Other

  • 1+1+1=1
    From a homeschooler who wanted to give back as a result of getting so much from other blogs.
  • Educating the Muslim Child
    USA. Much is usable if appropriate to your beliefs.
  • Our Preschool Homeschooling Journey ! [Homeschool.com]
    ‘Homeschool.com supports each family’ s unique approach to preparing their children for success! Explore Homeschool.com and let us help you ... from getting started homeschooling to helping your young adult go out into the world !’
  • New !The Ultimate Guide to the Best Homeschool Blogs
    ‘The list of bloggers we share below write about a variety of areas when it comes to homeschooling, including Specific subject areas, Relationship building, Organisation, Working while homeschooling, Specific methodologies or philosophies and Knowledge of curriculum and resources’. USA.
  • Top 25 Homeschooling Blogs [Circle of Moms]
    American list compiled in 2011.
  • Why Homeschool ?
    ‘We explore why homeschooling can be a better option for children and families than a traditional classroom setting’.

Magazines

For all educational journals, see the Updated !Education Journals page.

  • Home School Enrichment
    ‘Homeschool help for encouragement, family relationships, teaching ideas, getting it all done, starting homeschooling, homeschool high school, early learning, special needs’.
    No longer being published, but a 14 year archive of articles and even complete issues are still available [2003-2017].
  • Homeschool Unschool Australia
    Free weekly [online] newsletter, or subscribe to a print version.
    You now need to be able to log in to access this site.
  • Homeschool World
    ‘The official web site of “Practical Homeschooling Magazine”. Articles, forum and more. Fee-based US magazine.
  • The Old School House
    Online magazine with information, sites of interest, contacts and equipment suppliers. Select via “Magazine” in the top menu. USA.

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Other Sites

  • Answers to Objections to Home Schooling
    USA. 2000 article looking at the main objections to homeschooling and responses to these.
  • A to Z Home’s Cool [Homeschool]
    Articles, information guides, beginning to home school, regional and world wide support, more. Extensive, high quality. USA.
  • Discovery K-12
    ‘We have an online homeschool curriculum that’s free for Pre-K to 12th grade. We currently have 90 000 students around the world using it’. Student accounts are free. Parent/Teacher accounts are not but are very reasonable, US$99.00 per year at time of inclusion. USA.
  • Home School
    ‘Your virtual home school’. Getting started, online courses, resource guide, articles, materials/equipment, newsletter, monthly lessons.
  • Homeschooling - International Status and Statistics
    ‘Homeschooling is legal in many countries. Some countries have highly regulated home education programs as an extension of the compulsory school system; others have outlawed it entirely. In other countries, while not restricted by law, homeschooling is not socially acceptable or considered undesirable and is virtually non-existent’. Wikipedia.
  • Home School Zone
    News, articles, links, bible activities, reading methods and project ideas are among the areas.
  • How to Homeschool
    American site which has a range of sections from Is Homeschooling for You ? to Getting Started, Know Your Child, Before You Begin, Managing Problems and Making Transitions. While allowing for specific American requirements there is much sense to be found.
  • Let’s Homeschool
    ‘Offers articles on a variety of curriculum, homeschool ideas, statistics and more. Includes how-to articles, informative articles, and other homeschool issues’.
  • Learn from Play
    ‘High quality activities and games to make learning fun and teaching easy ! Everything you need to engage your students, make teaching easy and provide relevance for students to the world of today. Includes 300+ Free Teaching Resources’.

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Research

Australian

  • New !Australian home educated students on self-regulation opportunities at home and in school
    2016; Glenda M Jackson, Rebecca Maree English. ‘The views and experiences of Australian students who had transitioned between home education and conventional schools were sought to explore the similarities and differences between two educationally diverse systems. Cultural differences between home and conventional schools were identified as major contributing factors to these different opportunities to engage in self-regulation.This research illustrates ways conventional schooling could learn to develop more effective programs to achieve this highly valued characteristic from home education practices and better prepare students for an engaged and effective adult life’.
  • New !Homeschooling as feminist resistance
    2021; Rebecca English. ‘This piece explores a new way of considering the home education choice of parents. It argues that, rather than seeing home education as an inhibitor to women’s empowerment, the very act of taking on the responsibility of home educating a child is empowering. It also suggests that schools may need to do more in order to prevent parents taking their children out’. A fairly short article with a different viewpoint, written by someone who knows the field of home education very well.
  • New ! Summary of Australian Research on Home Education
    2017; Glenda M Jackson. ‘This resource was originally developed as a direct result of Victorian Legislative changes in 2006 and was presented to the then Minister of Education and Training of Victoria when comments from officials within the department to home education representatives were made indicating their understanding that there was little Australian research on home education’. It might be interesting to compare the results with other research reviews from different periods such as that of the next article, even though it covers not only Australia but also New Zealand.
  • New !Summary of Australian and New Zealand Home Education Research
    2020; Glenda Jackson. An extensive listing of research documents under a range of major heading. Many are available to read. In addition to recent additions, the author also goes back further and includes a range of early research links. It is interesting to compare the scope of this research listing as opposed that that included in the listing above, completed several years earlier.
  • New !The Accidental Home Educator : A New Conceptualisation of Home Education Choice
    2021; Rebecca English. ‘Previous conceptions of the choice to home educate have focused on a dualism between ideology and pedagogy. Rather than ideologues and pedagogues, this chapter proposes there are two choosers based on their a priori/a posteriori relationship with schooling for their children and, instead, they choose either because of ideological or pedagogical reasons; rather, they choose either deliberately or accidentally. Using the theoretical lens of responsibilisation, this chapter argues parents are responsibilised toward home education in response to risks they perceive’. You may have to access this book chapter through an education library.
  • New !Unschooling and the Self : A Dialogical Analysis of Unschooling Blogs in Australia and New Zealand
    2020; Adele O’Hare and Joe Coyne. ‘Applying dialogical theories about the development and exchange of ideas through dialogue, unschooling can be seen as an internally persuasive, centrifugal discourse that resists an authoritative, centripetal discourse that assumes children’s education happens at school. As an exploratory, qualitative study on an under-researched phenomenon, the study opens up questions for further research, including how values, beliefs and identities play out in unschooling families in practice and contributes unique insights into the ways unschooling bloggers dialogically author their social identities’.
  • New !Use your freedom of choice : Reasons for choosing homeschool in Australia
    2015; Rebecca English. ‘This paper reports on a case study that set out to explore the links between families that unschool and the parenting philosophies they follow. In-depth, qualitative interviews were conducted with a group of home education families in one of Australia’s most populated cities. Data were analysed using Critical Discourse Analysis. The analysis revealed that there were links between the parents’ beliefs about home education and their adherence to Attachment Parenting’.
  • New !What could we do differently next time ? Australian parents’ experiences of …
    … the short-term and long-term impacts of home schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. 2022; Alyssa R. Morse, Michelle Banfield, Philip J. Batterham, et al. ‘COVID-19 lockdowns have resulted in school closures worldwide, requiring curriculum to be delivered to children remotely (home schooling). Qualitative evidence is needed to provide important context to the positive and negative impacts of home schooling and inform strategies to support caregivers and children as the pandemic continues. This study aimed to explore the experiences of home schooling caregivers at multiple time-points during the pandemic’. A different form of home schooling but just as fascinating to find information about.

International

  • New !A Review of the Book Homeschooling : The History and Philosophy of a Controversial Practice by Dwyer and Peters
    2020; Angela R. Watson. ‘Estimates indicate increased numbers of homeschooled students in the United States. With that growth, the mode of education that has flown under the radar of mainstream education policy and rebuffed regulation is bound to garner fresh notice. Indeed, as all forms of school choice expand and considerations of public funding abound, the question of state regulation will undoubtedly be considered anew. Homeschooling : The History and Philosophy of a Controversial Practice does just that’. The author is very clear about her view on all aspects covered. USA.
  • New !Homeschooling : What do we know and what do we need to learn ?
    2022; Carlos Valiente, Tracy L. Spinrad, Brian D. Ray, Nancy Eisenberg and Ariana Rouf. ‘In this article, we identify approaches for understanding more thoroughly the academic and social experiences of homeschooled students. The growth of the home-schooling movement in the United States, questions about the need for additional regulation and the importance of high-quality education for children motivate this scholarly effort. Preliminary evidence suggests that homeschoolers perform equal to or better than their conventionally schooled peers on measures of achievement and socioemotional functioning, but methodological limitations, especially selection effects, make it premature to draw definitive conclusions. Throughout the article, we offer suggestions for advancing knowledge on homeschooling’. USA.
  • New !Hybrid Homeschooling. Sketching a New Conservative Education Agenda
    2020; Michael Q. McShane. ‘Homeschooling is an increasingly popular school choice. Homeschooling can be challenging. Particularly as children age, parents can find themselves out of their depth trying to teach more advanced course-work. Enter hybrid homeschooling. Parents still occupy the central role in their child’s education, but their efforts are supported and structured by a school. The format varies, with some schools operating as “4/1” - meaning four days at school and one day at home - and others as “3/2”, “2/3”, or “1/4”’. Check the Key Points at the top of the article before reading the remainder. It provides the basis of most of what is written. USA.
  • New !Learning at Home Exploring the Benefits of Homeschooling in Pakistan
    2022; Erum Qureshi and Dr. Muhammad Abid Ali. ‘This exploratory study explores the benefits of homeschooling as experienced by six families from Karachi who decided to pull out their children from elite private schools to homeschool them due to dissatisfaction with the given schools. Findings revealed that the most conspicuous benefits derived from homeschooling were strengthened familial bonds, better socialisation, improved academic learning, better social and moral instruction and increased opportunities for self-discovery apart from other aggregate benefits’. An interesting response about homeschooling from a country where our vision of homeschooling is not as common. Pakistan.
  • New !Reasons for choosing homeschooling and approaches most used : a qualitative content analysis
    2022; Sameer Abuzandah. ‘The purpose of this content analysis was to review home school literature regarding homeschooling approaches, parents’ motivations for selecting homeschooling and technology integration. The main aim of this study was to use content analysis of some home school literature as a way to determine best practices, approaches and reasons for choosing a homeschooling approach. The study is rich in information that can benefit the current and aspiring homeschoolers by explaining the curriculum amount and available homeschooling opportunities, as well as the benefits and constraints of technology’. PhD Thesis. USA.
  • New !Should educators promote homeschooling ? Worldwide growth and learner outcomes
    2021; Brian Ray. ‘The purpose [of this study] is to briefly summarise forty years of research on the learner outcomes of the modern homeschooling movement and address whether educators should be promoting home education. Studies show that homeschooling [home education] is generally associated with positive learner outcomes. Is home education a pedagogical choice and approach about which educators should be sceptical and antagonistic or from which they can learn, be better informed about the needs and successes of students and support according to the findings of empirical evidence ?’. USA.
  • New !
  • We Are All Unschoolers Now
    2020; Kathleen Kesson. ‘Families who unschool, or home school [at least 2 million kids in the US] usually reach this decision after much deliberation and after weighing innumerable factors : available time and energy, capacity, desire and finances. Now, overnight there are hundreds of thousands of young people with no school to go to - compulsory unschooling. While some families will manage to cope [those with resources for alternative childcare, those who can work from home, those with good internet access and lots of available books and materials], many more are making painful choices’. Her Ten Things I Learned from Unschooling are an interesting set of conclusions. USA.

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