I've written about socialisation several times in the past, including this blog post. I think it's fair to say that the homeschool socialisation myth has been debunked by now! Siblings, cousins, neighbours, family friends, homeschool groups and co-ops, faith meetings, and after-school activities are the most obvious ways we can socialise, but what else is there for homeschoolers? Here are a few ideas you may not have considered...
Volunteering - kids can often volunteer alongside their parents or another carer and do meaningful work in the community. This helps encourage an attitude of service, an awareness of other people's lives, connection with plants or animals, and/or a feeling of belonging. From a young age my own children were involved in the same community activities and events I participated in - a bartering system, various gardening groups, washing an older neighbour's dog regularly, pet sitting, house sitting, and running activities and camps...
I've just finished preparing my workshop for the 2021 Australian Homeschooling Summit! And today Kelly has released the list of over 35 workshops available this year! AND tickets are available too! Check it out here.
Just $29 for access to 30+ hours of content, a whole bunch of downloads including workbooks and other freebies and discounts, downloadable mp3s and video files, and access to a private group to get advice directly from the experts, share with other attendees, and to get bonus live sessions and resources. It's on soon - 15-26 February!
My workshop on homeschool planning & organising (with your kids) is on the 24th at 11am Queensland time, and includes a mega-bundle of free printable resources!
Don't forget there's also an AHS2021 ticket giveaway happening until the 29th here.
See you at the Summit!
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I absolutely LOVE a new year! I love, love, love the feeling of a fresh start, a clean slate, a new plan, a fresh diary/planner, new systems, decluttering - you name it, I'm a January fan!
Keen to get organised for 2021? Take advantage of my $7 mini-course. It's 7 days of planning, 30+ pages of printables and you can use it year after year. It's great for beginners and those with teens, and it's available HERE. Enjoy!
I've been listening to The Brave Learner on audible for a few weeks now, and I'm really enjoying it! As I listen to each chapter, I'm thinking "Yes!" Julie Bogart succinctly describes the learning adventure our family have lived for the past last 25+ years. To hear her describe how she learned to create a rich learning environment (and lifestyle) for her children, and trusted their choices and abilities is a beautiful reminder of how our own home education journey was also heart-centred and adventure-driven. Would I make the same choices again? Absolutely! I am, with Zeah who is 4 and will have a different experience to her siblings aged 16-26, but hopefully it will be as full of fun and love and help her to grow to be independent and brave adults like her siblings (she's already quite brave!)
Want to hear more? The Brave Learner is on Audible (your first title is free). It's also available as a paperback for around AUD$25 -...
I'm SO excited to have feedback from my first participants of my first online mini-course - 7 Days to a More Organised Homeschool! This course has been tested over the past few weeks by a small group of homeschooling parents and it's NOW READY FOR YOU!
Here are some of their comments:
"I liked the handouts/printables and the way you organise them so people can print what they need/want."
"I thought your structure was great - the way the course went from the big picture down, macro to micro - yearly, monthly, weekly, then daily."
"It was great how you encouraged parents to include their children in planning."
"My favourite printout was the Order in the House tools list."
"Are you sure about the price? You've included a LOT of content in this course!"
"I like how you made it clear at the start what we'd need to proceed through the sessions. I decided to create the whole workbook and go through each step. Thank you."
"I'm glad it didn't need to be done in 7...
Kelly from Fearless Homeschool is running a rare live session of her Zero to Homeschool course!
Here’s a quick overview -
Full course access – instant & lifetime
July 6 – August 28
Weekly live coaching sessions
Accountability (so you actually do it!)
Over eight weeks you’ll go through one module a week. You’ll meet for a live session once a week where Kelly does some extra teaching, answers questions, and helps troubleshoot your issues. She’ll even record it so you can watch if you can’t make it live.
At the end of the eight weeks you’ll have a personalised homeschool that’s interesting, enjoyable, AND educational (and that you don’t want to run away from).
If that’s EXACTLY what you need right now, you can join Zero to Homeschool here. Enjoy!
“Children are being freed to learn as nature intended” – just one comment I will always remember from my 2002 research into why Australian parents were home educating their children. I was curious as to why so many were taking the plunge into home based learning in Australia. Recently, isolation-schooling during the pandemic has exposed the option to all families as a possibility. Here, I explain why a steadily-increasing number of families been home educating in Australia over the past few decades.
Some parents actively choose to home educate. They make the decision sometime – whether when their children are infants (and even unborn), or when they feel dissatisfied with their children’s schooling for any reason. Some parents feel that there was no other choice. Perhaps they have exceptional or neurodiverse children, their children are sick or injured, they may be simply unable to cope with the stress...
Childcare is a matter that greatly affects parents and employers – the main cogs in our societal moneymaking machine. Childcare benefits and tax deductions are offered as enticements but rarely are the needs of children considered by policymakers. A focus on numbers, timeframes and dollars motivate the big decisions. Childcare is big business and is currently influencing almost all childhoods in Australia. The Australian Bureau of Statistics tells us that 90 percent of children under five currently use some form of childcare. Tens of thousands of Australian children are in formal childcare for more than 45 hours a week.
Natural parenting is an ideology, not a dogma. It is about instinctively raising our young, and making informed decisions. Does childcare compromise or compliment our conscious parenting ideals? Are those who perceive theirs to be a natural parenting style more protective than most other parents? ...
Many articles have been written before on the socialisation of home educated children. Still, the question arises more often than most others. To many home educators it’s the most ironic question of all. I mean – what about it? Socialisation is the main reason some families choose home based learning. They don’t see school as an opportunity to learn positive social skills, but more as a place to experience negative socialisation. It seems surprising that those in the school community bother to ask about the home educated’s socialisation – can’t they see what is going on in their classrooms and playgrounds?
“This depends on the kind of sociability you prefer – positive and altruistic or negative and self-centred. Many parents confuse peer orientation and dependence with sociability when instead true sociality thrives on secure, independent thought.” Raymond and Dorothy Moore
Many parents of previously schooled children have...
Home educating on a budget may seem like a challenge at first, especially if you are attempting to gather as many resources as your average classroom. There is no need to rush out and buy a lot of equipment that you may not need. First, sit down and write a “wish list”, then highlight the items you feel are most necessary to begin.
There are many alternatives to expensive educational resources. Here are some ideas to help you save money in setting up your home learning space.
- Buy furniture which has multiple uses. Consider a large, second-hand dining table over individual desks, for example - or just use your dining table! Use open shelving rather than cupboards for storing supplies and books. This allows the children to see what is available for their use and is less expensive. We've used bolt-together galvanised steel five-shelf units to hold games, puzzles, and construction kits. The children can see everything on the shelves and they remain...