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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 the 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.
  • Updated ! Unschooling at Suite101.com [Facebook]
    ‘Sharing information and resources’.

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Research

Australian

  • New ! A study of parents’ conceptions of their roles as home educators of their children
    2011; Terrence John Arthur Harding. ‘This study used a phenomenographic approach to identify and analyse how home educating parents conceive of their roles as home educators. Four categories of description of parent home educator roles emerged from the analysis’.
  • New ! Australian home educated students on self-regulation opportunities at home and in school
    2016; Glenda M Jackson. ‘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 programmes to achieve this highly valued characteristic from home education practices and better prepare students for an engaged and effective adult life’.
  • New ! Home Schooling with the Support of SIDE : ...
    Another Potential Educational Pathway in your Pocket. 2010; AutismWest. Outline presentation.
  • New ! Summary of Australian Research on Home Education
    2017; Glenda Jackson. ‘The topics covered in this literature cover the reasons parents home educate, demographic information, studies of how parents manage the home educating process, student perceptions, special needs, academic success, the process of learning in home schooling, student competencies and social development, legislative and legal situations in all states of Australia, and home education as an alternative form of education in rural areas’.
  • New ! The most private private education : Home Education in Australia
    2013; Rebecca English. ‘Sets out to explore the reasons Australian parents choose to home educate and whether this decision is related to the choice of a private school in Australia’.
  • New ! The Prevailing Voice in Choice in Schooling : …
    The balancing rights of Parents, Children and the Courts. 2013; J Joy Cumming, Ralph D Mawdsley. ‘In this paper, drawing on international conventions, national and state statute law and case law we consider rights of parents and children to determine schooling choice in Australia and the United States of America’. Also USA.

International

  • New ! An Evaluative Study of the Academic Achievement of Home-schooled Students Versus ...
    Traditionally Schooled Students Attending a Catholic University.2013; Marc Snyder. ‘ In addition, this study offers empirical data for all those interested in the academic success of homeschooled students in higher education, in particular, in Catholic colleges and universities’. USA.
  • New ! Are Homeschools Adequate Learning Environments for Students with LD ?
    2016; Bruce S Cooper, Frances R Spielhagen, Carlo Ricci, eds. Chapter from a book titled Homeschooling in New View. Be sure to read the last paragraph prior to this section beginning. USA.
  • New ! Homeschooling in Brazil : A Matter of Rights or a Political Debate?
    2017; Luciane Muniz Ribeiro Barbosa. ‘This paper presents some considerations resulting from the international literature review on homeschooling, and national literature on the right to education for all’. Brazil.
  • New ! Homeschooling in the United States : 2012
    2016; Jeremy Redford; Danielle Battle; Stacey Bielick. ‘This report provides estimates of the number, percentage, and characteristics of homeschooled students in the United States in 2012 and provides historical context by showing overall estimates of homeschooling in the United States since 1999’. USA.
  • New ! Home Schooled vs. Public Schooled
    2012; Kathi Moreau. Specific differences in the educational outcomes of those students who are home schooled vs. students in a traditional school setting . ‘Homeschooling has grown in popularity and effectiveness over the past several decades. Through an analysis of the research, this paper will explore the causes of the current trend in popularity’. USA.
  • New ! Is homeschooling an alternative to formal education in Egypt ?
    2016; Hadeer El-Mahdawy. Article providing information on background, difficulties, examples of people finding ways to achieve their aim and more. Egypt.
  • New ! Online Homeschooling : An Alternative to Traditional High School
    Penn Foster High School. ‘Penn Foster High School, founded in 1956, is an accredited, private online high school licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools’. This is not a free service, but an interesting alternative. USA.
  • New ! Public understanding about homeschooling : A preliminary study
    2013; Hünkar Korkmaz, Güler Duman. ‘Although homeschooling is a growing phenomenon in many Western countries, it is almost non-existent in Turkey. This paper provides an overview of homeschooling and describes a survey of public understanding about homeschooling. The overview discusses public perceptions towards homeschooling, curriculum, socialization issues, support groups, concerns for education and learning opportunities, and advantages and disadvantages of schooling at home for future educational policies and arrangements in education’. Turkey.
  • New ! The Right to be Included
    2015; Irena Kašparová. ‘There is a 240-year tradition of compulsory school attendance in the Czech Republic. After the collapse of communism in 1989, the education system was slowly opened to alternatives, including the right to educate children at home. This inclusive law has had exclusionary consequences for many families who wish to choose this mode of education. The article, based on a longitudinal ethnographic study of homeschooling families, maps the structural discriminative dimension of the law and displays the strategies that the actors have adopted in order to combat them’. Czech Republic.

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Other Information

Beginning Homeschooling

  • Updated ! 10 Tips for New Homeschoolers
    Common sense thoughts. Hubpages.
  • 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’.
  • Updated ! 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.
  • Updated ! Homeschooling In Australia :
    “Where Do I Begin ?”. Short article, links to further information.
  • How to Start Home Schooling
    Canadian Homeschooling Supply. Common sense thoughts.
  • Updated ! 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.
  • 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 ?’

Blogs

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

Australian

  • 200 Australian Homeschool Blogs
    ‘I am sharing this list because before I had a blog, this is what I wanted, a list of every single Australian Homeschool Blog all in one place’.
  • AussieHomeschool Blog
    ‘To unite Australian homeschoolers regardless of differing ages, schedules, methods, curricula, locations or preferences’.
  • Aussie Homeschool Blogs
    Suzie’s Home Education Ideas. ‘Please share your blog with us and others by linking it up to our growing list of Aussie Homeschool Bloggers’.
  • 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.
  • 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 Worldwide Classroom
    ‘Our world is full of fun, cheekiness and learning’.
  • Seven Little Australians and Counting
    From an Australian homeschooling mother who has been blogging for a number of years.

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’.
  • Homeschool Unschool Australia
    Free weekly [online] newsletter, or subscribe to a print version.
  • 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.
  • Updated ! 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.
  • Easy Homeschooling
    Free resources, advice, reviews, links, techniques, companion, ezine, more. Some fee-based materials.
  • Home School Portal
    ‘Comprehensive listing of educational resources, websites [and businesses] that provide support to the homeschooling community, parents, teachers, educators, and students.’ USA. Worth visiting for resources and ideas alone.
  • Updated ! 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’.
  • Webrings
    Enter “Homeschooling” [use one word format]. There are multiple web rings [30+ at last count] with descriptors and site numbers for each.

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