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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 !Home Education Network - HEN Survey 2020
    2020; Home Education Network. ‘HEN surveys the home education community to help shape our future work. While we operate mainly in Victoria, our stats can be useful to home educators anywhere in Australia’. Data is shown in a graphical format.There are also links to previous surveys back to 2015 and to a HomeEd Alumni Survey.
  • New !Home Schooling and Legislated Education
    2003; Terry Harding, Dr Ann Farrell. ‘Home schooling, as an alternate model of education, is emerging as a growing educational phenomenon throughout Australia. This paper critiques home schooling as an educational expression of parental responsibility for the education of children. Issues of child protection and duty-of-care are examined in the light of relevant legislative frameworks. Current notions of state and parental responsibility for educational provision are discussed in the light of critical theories’.
  • Updated !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’.
  • New !Summary of Australian & New Zealand Research on Home Education `
    2020; Glenda Jackson. ‘Research on home education in Australia has a small but growing presence. Parent reasons for home educating have been extensively explored while student academic success has not attracted much Australian research. Socialisation has been examined in different ways by a number of studies. Demographic material on home educating families has been collected’. This collection provides a listing of most of these, many with links to the available papers.
  • New !The Experiences of New Home Educators
    2017; Sarah Pannone. ‘The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of new home educators. Two main research questions guided the study : 1] How do new home educators describe their homeschooling experience ? 2] What do new home educators value about homeschooling ? The data from the participants revealed three major themes : [a] Anyone can, and should, homeschool [b] The time spent with their children was valued, and [c] The flexibility and adaptability that homeschooling afforded was prized’.
  • New !Why homeschooling is on the rise in Australia
    2019; Rebecca English, SBS. Article covering background; How many Australian children are being homeschooled ?; Why do families choose to homeschool ?; What about assessments ?; Is it the same as distance education ?; and What about outcomes ?. A good initial coverage of the homeschooling process.

International

  • New !Context and Regulation of Homeschooling : Issues, Evidence, and Assessment Practices
    2020; Janet F Carlson. ‘The article discusses salient factors that influence the current context within which homeschooling occurs. Individual states have applied various approaches to establish regulations that both preserve the rights of homeschooling parents and fulfil the state’s obligation to ensure that its residents receive the education to which they are constitutionally entitled. The article documents and summarises state-to-state variations in matters pertaining to homeschooling and offers recommendations to help school psychologists work more effectively with students who are educated at home’. USA.
  • New !Home Learning during COVID-19 : Findings from the Understanding Society Longitudinal Study
    2020; Eemer Eivers, Jack Worth, Anusha Ghosh. ‘Since 20 March 2020, almost all school-aged children across the UK have been unable to attend school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This report adds to a growing literature on how long-term school absence affects pupils and their families, and how remote learning might act to mitigate some of its effects. The authors describe the types and amount of remote learning provided by schools, and the amount of pupil and parent time spent engaging with school work at home. It is based on the responses of the parents of over 4 000 school-aged children and it provides a unique snapshot of home learning activities at a specific point in time -- after the first month of home schooling’. UK.
  • New !Homeschooling Experiences and Opinions During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Wave 1, 2020 Schooling in America
    2020; Paul DiPerna, Andrew D Catt, Michael Shaw. ‘Unlike previous years of our Schooling in America survey project, our researchers are releasing multiple sets of results in a new, chart-focused format. This report is focused on questions we asked about families’ homeschooling experiences and their opinions about homeschooling during the pandemic. We also include breakouts to show similarities and differences among racial/ethnic communities’. USA.
  • New !Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning as Unschooling : ...
    2020; E.D. Woodford. Relevant Studies and Contemporary and Indigenous Definitions of Unschooling. ‘Many Canadian homeschool families use different methods of learning at home, including unschooling. The methods and definitions can be challenging. The author’s review of the literature identifies both contemporary and Indigenous definitions of unschooling. The research reveals that most data are limited to enrolment data by provinces and territories. The concluding result of the study determines that Indigenous ways of teaching and learning is unschooling’. Canada.
  • New !Political Rationales for Homeschooling
    2021; T Jameson Brewer. ‘While not as overtly prominent as the religious rationale for homeschooling, many families choose to homeschool for what could be understood as political reasons – which can often overlap with religious doctrines. Much of the political rationale for homeschooling rests on a political disposition of individualism versus the collective and that is discussed at length here. Discussion of the connection between neoliberal ideologies rooted in Friedmanism and the practice of homeschooling as an individualistic act is explored along with conceptions of meritocracy’. Part of a larger book. USA.
  • New !The Risks of Homeschooling
    2020; Erin O’Donnell. ‘A rapidly increasing number of American families are opting out of sending their children to school, choosing instead to educate them at home. Homeschooled kids now account for roughly 3 percent to 4 percent of school-age children in the United States, a number equivalent to those attending charter schools, and larger than the number currently in parochial schools. Yet Elizabeth Bartholet, Wasserstein public interest professor of law and faculty director of the Law School’s Child Advocacy Program, sees risks for children—and society—in homeschooling, and recommends a presumptive ban on the practice’. Harvard Magazine. USA.
  • New !We are All Unschoolers Now
    2020; Kathleen R Kesson. ‘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. Kathleen Kesson, who has experience homeschooling her own family, examines the lessons she learned from it : [1] personalise learning; [2] craving structure; [3] boredom; [4] get outside; [5] play; [6] tell stories; [7] do things together; [8] take things apart; [9] read aloud; and [10] value the learning process over the products’. USA.
  • New !Who “Counts” as Homeschooled ? : The Case of Alaska’s Correspondence Schools
    2020; Rachel Coleman, Chelsea McCracken. ‘Defining which students “count” as homeschooled is complicated both by disparate state laws and by disagreements within the homeschooling community itself. This paper works to clarify the definition of homeschooling by exploring the history of Alaska’s correspondence schools, where education officials have long relied on the home as an extension of their work and parents have learned to shape these same forces to serve their needs. Which factors determine who “count” as homeschooled ? We argue that students in Alaska’s correspondence programs should “count” as homeschooled, and that both scholars and members of the homeschooling community should take an expansive and inclusive approach to defining homeschooling’. Scroll down to the article title and use the Click here for PDF button. USA.
  • New ! Why American Parents Choose Homeschooling
    2020; Kimberly McFall. ‘This study explored factors that impact parents’ decisions to homeschool their children and examined the relationship between selected demographic factors and families that homeschool using an online survey snowball sample. Past research has focused on four main constructs : religious reasons, school safety, academic instruction, and a child’s special needs. This study elaborated on these and expanded to include other reasons parents might homeschool such as a need for family time, family travel, distance to school, financial reasons, or wanting to take a nontraditional approach to student learning. Findings suggest academic instruction, family time and the desire to take a nontraditional approach to education are the reasons parents homeschool’. 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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