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Getting Started with Homeschooling
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Natural Learning
Natural Learning Answers
Learning Naturally Diary A5 or A4 format
Learning Maths Naturally
A Sample Approved Natural Learning
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Let Beverley Paine guide you to creating your own personalised and individual learning programs
for your children with her helpful books and booklets.

Homeschooling ... Unschooling ... Diaries and Reports ... Curriculum ... Games

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DIY Homeschool VALUE Starter Pack
Get on track with this hand-picked selection! Learn how to write, record and evaluate your own learning programs tailored to your children's individual needs with this do-it-yourself guide. Explore different approaches to helping your children learn from home. Each Pack contains a copy of Beverley's best selling do-it-yourself manual Getting Started with Homeschooling and all 9 of her very popular Practical Homeschool Booklets. Over $70 value!
Getting Started with Homeschooling; Choosing Homeschool Curriculum; Answering Objections;.Frequently Asked Questions; Motivation in the Homeschool; Write your own Unit Studies; Learning Materials for the Homeschool; Translating Everyday Language into Educational Jargon; Exploring Approaches to Homeschool; Teaching Strategies


Getting Started with Homeschooling Practical Considerations
The orginal Australian homeschooling manual. Takes you through how to write your own personalised curriculum for each child.
Learning Without School
A collection of 'how we homeschool' articles by 30+ home educating families from across Australia. Showing 'typical' days or weeks, this 'fly on the wall' look at what actually happens will both inspire, reassure and encourage you. There is no 'right' way to home educate - a considerable variety of approaches and styles are demonstrated in this book. Now published as an eBook!


Homeschool Australia Online Conference Series
Beverley's notes from six workshop presentations at the Australian Homschool Network 2011 National Home Education Week Online Conference. 6 zipped files: over 180 pages!
  • Organisation: Getting Ready for Homeschooling
  • Home Education Registration Guide
  • Choosing Homeschool Curriculum
  • Learning Styles and Preferences
  • Socialisation, Answering Objections
  • Natural Learning Simply Living

Choosing Homeschool Curriculum
Beverley gives a brief summary of the most popular approaches and guides you to asking the kind questions that will help you determine if it is the one for you and your family.

Answering Objections to Homeschool
Beverley offers a selection of well-worn answers to over a dozen of the most popularly voiced objections to homeschooling you are likely to encounter.

Frequently Asked Questions
Over 60 fundamental questions asked by families new to homeschooling are answered in this 36 page booklet.
Motivation in the Homeschool
A lifetime of learning about how to overcome motivation obstacles is packed into this 36 page booklet.
Write Your Own Unit Studies
How to write mini-learning programs that cover focus on an area of interest but cover all curriculum subjects at the same time.
Learning Materials for the Homeschool
A comprehensive list of consumables, materials and resources; everything you can think of to inspire learning and creativity.
Teaching Strategies Book 1
Sharing reflections, experience, tips and suggestions to help you become a more effective home educator.

Exploring Approaches to Homeschool
Notes from the seven speakers at the 2008 Adelaide Seminar: Unschooling, Classical, Steiner, Distance Education, etc.
Translating Everyday Language into Education Jargon
So much of the curriculum is embedded in everyday activities: learn how to translate these so you can record them in curriculum subject areas.
Early Years Language Pack
Reading, Writing, Spelling, Handwriting, Language Games: simple, invaluable tips and suggestions to make it easy for you to help your child to learn. 5 booklets pack 20% discount off single price
Building Homeschool Community: How to Start a Support Group
An 84 page comprehensive step-by-step guide which considers factors such as why start a group, managing groups, publicity, different activities, drawn from Beverley's two decades of involvement in the home education community.
New - eBook version!
Looking Back, What Would We Change?
A collection of articles summing up one family's 20 years of home educating experience.

Homeschooling Diaries and Reports/Portfolios

Weekly Homeschooling Diary
Set up with space to record main learning activities each day.
Natural Learning Homeschooling Diary
Includes a log of child-initiated activities, including play, as well as space for recording learning in each subject area. Available in A5 and A4.
Sample page
How to use the Diary

$9.50 or $14.50

Select A4 or A5 Diary
Home Education Reports/Portfolios – Early Childhood
These Reports will help to take the work out of annual assessment, programming and recording.
Home Education Reports/Portfolios – Middle Childhood
Designed with an easy to follow format, the Reports come with a how to use guide and a list of sample assessment tasks.
Home Education Reports/Portfolios – Early Adolescence
Include clearly outlined lists of educational aims and objectives for each of the nationally recognised curriculum subjects.

Natural Learning and Unschooling Books

Unschooling Natural Learning Pack
Includes these titles by Beverley - demystifying and answering questions about unschooling the natural learning way! Natural Learning; Natural Learning Answers; Learning Naturally Diary;
Learning Maths Naturally; A Sample Approved Natural Learning Program and Review

$29.00 or $33.00
Select A4 or A5 Diary
Natural Learning Answers
A refreshing practical approach to unschooling based on the needs of the child and family which demystifies and simplifies the philosophy and practice of this style of home education.


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Learning in the Absence of Education
More than 60 essays covering a range of issues, such as late readers, value of play, socialisation, learning maths, testing, etc. The articles in this book are drawn from the first decade of the Paine family's home educating journey.
Highly recommended! *large file

out of stock

The Homeschooling Trail - A Journey of Faith
An intimate and detailed account of how the children in one family learn at home using an eclectic mix of methods and resources.

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A Sample Learning Program & Review
One family's learning program for an eight year old, as presented to, and approved by,  the SA educational  authorities.
Natural Learning
Allow your children to pursue their passions and interests and build learning programs around every day life.
Learning Maths Naturally
Margaret and Beverley share how they helped their children retain their natural maths ability.

Beverley's Practical Homeschooling Series: Curriculum

100 Strategies and Ideas for Teaching Geography
In addition to the 100 ideas, there are chapters on why teach geography, the benefits, checklists and more.
Early Years Language Pack
Reading, Writing, Spelling, Handwriting, Language Games: simple, invaluable tips and suggestions to make it easy for you to help your child to learn. 5 booklets pack 20% discount off single price
The Spelling Process
This gem will get you started with teaching tips, advice and suggestions on spelling.
The Writing Process
Simple, practical and invaluable suggestions on how to teach writing.
Learning to Love Reading
40 pages of tried and proven ways to encourage your child to learn to love reading.
Language Games You Can Play
A collection of simple word games you can play with your children to encourage language development.
Developing Handwriting
With clear examples, this booklet demystifies the process of developing handwriting.

Educational Games Booklets

Use the games to launch unit studies, spark interest, or to reinforce interest, increase knowledge or consolidate previous learning.

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All 8 games booklets as listed below in this section, instead of $40.00 pay only $32.00!
Let's Play Together, Traditional Children's Games
A collection of remembered and shared traditional children's g ames with introduction.
Physical and Mental Games for Families Book One: Fast Games and Quiet Games $5.00
Physical and Mental Games for Families Book Two: Outdoor, Campfire, Water and Theme Games $5.00
Educational Games for Families Book Two: Science $5.00
Educational Games for Families Book Three: History Geography, French, German and Latin $5.00
Life Skill Games for Families Book One: Estimation, First Aid, Health, Tracking, Safety, Knotting and Navigation $5.00
Life Skill Games for Families Book Two: Character Building, Handcraft, Aussie Flags and Emblems, Discovery, Nature and Conservation, Cooking, Self Expression, Tools and Construction $5.00



The Chimaera Conspiracy, by Beverley Paine
A science fiction novel for 12-16 year olds.
BONUS! Click here to download your FREE Literature Unit Study for Beverley's novel.



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The Educating Parent

April Jermey took over the reins of Always Learning Books from hr mother, Beverley Paine, in 2011. A stay-at-home part-time working mum of two young children, April experienced a mix of education, including homeschooling, unschooling, part-time attendance at school, completing her high school certificate at school. She supports the right of families to choose the education that best meets the needs of their children.

Beverley Paine home educated her three children, now all adults, between 1985 and 2004. An active volunteer supporting and promoting education choice for families for over two decades her legacy continues in her books and articles.

About Home Education

Home education is a legal alternative to school education in Australia. State and territory governments are responsible for regulating home education and have different registration requirements, however homeschooling families are able, and encouraged, to develop curriculum and learning programs to suit the educational and developmental needs of their individual children. For more information visit
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Natural Learners / Unschoolers

Beverley's manual on how to write your own homeschool curriculum! The ultimate DIY guide.

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Wendy Priesnitz, Life Media "Beverley's lengthy experience in the homeschooling community is legend. Thankfully for all involved she continues to share her deep thinking and acquired wisdom..." Linda Dobson, Parent at the Helm

A refreshing practical approach to unschooling based on the needs of the child and family which demystifies and simplifies the philosophy and practice of this style of home education.
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