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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’.
  • Catholic Homeschool Support
    USA. Blog, Catholic Curriculums, curriculum approaches, online resources, getting started, 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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Research

Australian

  • New !First They Came for the Unschoolers : …
    A Faircloughian Critical Discourse Analysis of Queensland Home Education Policies
    2019; Rebecca English. ‘In this paper, I use Fairclough’s [2003] Critical Discourse Analysis as a tool to interrogate how changes to the Queensland Education Act [2006] in May 2018 privilege a curriculum centric approach to education by requiring families to report on their child’s ‘progress’ in relation to schooled children’s levels. I argue these changes privilege the needs of bureaucrats who are invested in presenting a ‘school’ view of education. The concluding section of the paper suggests these changes may affect registration rates among SDE families or unschoolers which has both practical and philosophical effects’.
  • New !More parents are choosing to home school their children - why ?
    2016; David Roy. ‘This article discusses, in particular, the NSW registration process which is viewed as the most stringent in Australia. What the data says are the reasons people homeschool. What the criticisms of home schooling are. What data does not reveal. What is the future for home schooling in Australia, in context of the wider western education system ? Issues such as funding, child protection and non-registration are challenges to consider’.
  • New !Navigating ‘Home Schooling’ during COVID-19 : Australian public response on Twitter;
    2021; Lee-Ann Ewing, Huy Quan Vu. ‘This study analyses 3 weeks of Tweets during April, leading up to the beginning of term 2, during the height of Government policy incongruity. Findings confirm a wide and rapidly changing range of public responses on Twitter. Nine themes were identified in the quantitative analysis and six of these [positive, negative, humorous, appreciation for teachers, comments aimed at Government/politicians and definitions] are expanded upon qualitatively. Over the course of 3 weeks, the public began to lose its sense of humour and negative tweets almost doubled’.
  • New !Reasons for home educating in Australia : who and why ? `
    2020; Eileen V. Slater, Kate Burton & Dianne McKillop. ‘Home education is a legal educational option in Australia that continues to rise in popularity. This paper summarises the demographics and influences upon the decision to home educate of 385 home education families from Australia, representing 676 children who were home educated at the time of questionnaire completion. The research suggests female caregivers with higher levels of educational achievement than the general population predominantly coordinate home education. Some families eschewed mainstream education for philosophical reasons whilst others home educated due to perceived necessity’.
  • New !The experiences of homeschooling parents with Mathematics
    2021; Robyn Reaburn. ‘Homeschooling, where parents take on the prime responsibility for their children’s education, is a growing phenomenon in Australia. This study examined the experiences of homeschooling parents in the field of mathematics and adds to the sparse literature in this area. The study investigated the parents’ own experiences of mathematics at school, their confidence in their role as parents of learners of mathematics, and their beliefs about the nature of mathematics and its teaching. It was found that the parents were mixed in their views about the nature of mathematics and how mathematics should be taught, were confident in their role as the parent of mathematics learners and had good knowledge of their children’s mathematics learning’.

International

  • New !Academic Achievement and Demographic Traits of Homeschool Students : A Nationwide Study
    2010; Brian Ray. ‘The body of research on home-based education has expanded dramatically since the first studies and academic articles of the late 1970s that dealt with the modern homeschool movement. Numerous researchers have examined the academic achievement of home-educated children and youth, their social, emotional and psychological development and their success into adulthood, and various aspects of homeschool families in general. Researchers have also explored myriad other aspects and issues related to home education in disciplines such as philosophy, sociology and law. Only a handful of studies, however, have looked closely at a large nationwide sample of home educators and their children in the United States’. USA.
  • New !Becoming a Home-Educator in a Networked World : Towards the Democratisation of Education Alternatives ?
    2019; Amber Fensham-Smith. ‘The internet is assumed to play a special role for Elective Home Education [EHE] in the UK and has anecdotally fuelled an increase in its prevalence. Yet little is known about how the internet features in experiences of discovering EHE. This study reports on the ways in which a predominantly middle-class and highly educated faction have appropriated the internet to develop networks and communities to support the informational, social and emotional needs of new families. The conclusions paint a paradoxical picture for the illusive promise of the democratisation of education’. UK.
  • New !Challenging with Home Education and Home Schooling
    2020; Biljana Cvetkova Dimov, Tatjana Atanasoska. ‘The paper addresses the explanation of the terms home education and home schooling as well as the view facing education in the home in our country caused by overcoming the pandemic, its challenges, advantages and disadvantages, proposals for overcoming barriers and greater efficiency and effectiveness. Open-ended questions were used to collect data in semi-structured interviews. In the examination were included 30 teachers from the first two educational cycles [grade teaching], 30 subject teachers, 30 secondary school teachers. The research is designed with a quantitative research approach and case study method’. Republic of North Macedonia.
  • New !Energetic Students, Stressed Parents and Nervous Teachers : …
    A Comprehensive Exploration of Inclusive Homeschooling During the COVID-19 Crisis
    2020; Verena Letzel, Marcela Pozas and Christoph Schneider. ‘This brief report introduces a nation-wide research project in Germany. Following a mixed-methods design, the SCHELLE project titled Student-Parents-Teachers in Homeschooling [abbreviated as SCHELLE following its German name Schüler-Eltern-Lehrer] was developed in order to comprehensively explore students’, parents’ and teachers’ experiences during homeschooling. Overall, the studies focused on collecting quantitative and qualitative data on how homeschooling was implemented, whether inclusive education was considered and the well-being of all three perspectives’. Germany.
  • New !Homeschooling and the Question of Socialisation Revisited
    2013; Richard G. Medlin. ‘This article reviews recent research on homeschooled children’s socialisation. The research indicates that homeschooling parents expect their children to respect and get along with people of diverse backgrounds, provide their children with a variety of social opportunities outside the family and believe their children’s social skills are at least as good as those of other children. What homeschooled children think about their own social skills is less clear. Compared to children attending conventional schools, however, research suggest that they have higher quality friendships and better relationships with their parents and other adults. An alarmist view of homeschooling, therefore, is not supported by empirical research’. USA.
  • New !Homeschooling : An Updated Comprehensive Survey of the Research
    2020; Robert Kunzman, Milton Gaither. ‘This article provides a comprehensive summary of the English-language research and scholarship on homeschooling, organised into the categories of demographics, motivation, curricula, academic achievement, socialisation, health, law, relationships with public schools, and international homeschooling. The texts used in this review were culled from virtually the entire universe of English-language academic texts on the topic - more than 2 000 in total. What does the research reveal about homeschooling and what questions remain unanswered ?’ An earlier version was compiled in 2013. USA.
  • New !Homeschool Support Groups : A Model for Parental Involvement in Education
    2019; Mary L. Morse. ‘This study presents a rationale for studying homeschool support groups as educational organisations, like public or private schools. Epstein’s [2001] model of parental involvement was used as a framework for studying parental involvement with these groups. Data related to perceptions of satisfaction with opportunities for parental involvement with the homeschool support group and perceptions of the importance of different categories of parental involvement were very closely correlated’. USA.
  • New !Post-Pandemic Future of Homeschooling
    2021; Taubman Centre, Harvard. ‘Homeschooling has been undergoing a transformation in recent years. In the wake of Covid-19, early evidence also indicates that millions of parents began homeschooling during recent school closures. However, as homeschooling evolves, there remain many important questions about the practice. The purpose of the conference was to improve understanding of critical topics in homeschooling by considering empirical research, expert analysis, and parents’ experiences with homeschooling. Will the increase in homeschooling continue after the end of the pandemic ? Should homeschooling be more tightly regulated ? Paul E. Peterson and Daniel Hamlin discuss these questions and more following the completion of the Conference on the Post-Pandemic Future of Homeschooling’. This is a podcast rather than an article. USA.
  • New !The Changing Landscape of Homeschooling in the United States
    2019; Aaron Hirsh. ‘Homeschoolers - and their motivations - are increasingly diverse. A number of innovations, such as online schools, microschools, co-ops and support centres, are enabling this diversity. Though frequently left out of the conversation about education, the homeschooling movement has much to teach us about creating more customised and effective school systems. This brief describes the state of homeschooling in 2019. It explores the changing demographics of homeschoolers, provides an overview of new forms of homeschooling, and outlines the variety of state policies that govern homeschooling’. USA.
  • New !What Does the Research Say About the Impact of Homeschooling on Academics and Social Skills ?
    2020; Rachel Wise. ‘In a 2014 radio interview, the host asked me what the data says about homeschooling. After the interview, I wasn’t satisfied with my lack of knowledge on the subject so I decided to do my own research to let parents and educators out there know what the findings actually show. I am not for or against homeschooling. I am simply providing data to make you more informed’. Data presentation with links to related information and documents. USA.

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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

  • 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.
  • Homeschool Australia
    ‘I’m a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mum living the life in the Northern Territory of Australia. I am passionate about homeschooling. It’s not an easy road, but I feel it’s one worth travelling’.
  • Home School Blogs
    ‘Here is a list of Australian home educating blogs. If you’d like to recommend one to be listed on this page or if you’d like to share your own blog, email webmaster@hea.edu.au with a link and short introduction’. Home Education Association.
  • 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

Magazines

For all educational journals, see the 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.
  • Mulberry Magazine
    ‘The Australian digital magazine for homeschooling and unschooling families’. Small fee for access.
  • 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’.
  • Webrings
    Enter “Homeschooling” [use one word format]. There are multiple web rings [25+ at last count] with descriptors and site numbers for each.

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