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I have been Homeschooling my ten year old since June 2015.

I knew it was the best option as he was getting bullied at school. He would come home very anxious. Only a few months into homeschooling, he was very calm, and more relaxed and happy, everyone noticed the difference.

At first, homeschooling was a bit of a struggle with getting all the learning routine going, but once we set out our lessons, it got easier.

We tend to learn about the topics that my son enjoys, eg: he loves trains, so we try to learn about the history of trains. He loves drawing, and painting. In our day to day routine, I try to make it fun, everything he does is learning. From baking a cake, to going to the train for a little excursion, he is learning every single second. We don’t stop learning in the school holidays/christmas break, though we don’t do as much in that time. He loves homeschooling, and will happily tell others that he is homeschooled.

We often get “I don’t know how you do it, I couldn’t do It”. Some parents can, some can’t. I manage to get through it, because I know it helps my son to relax and he is less anxious. He feels safe. We have so many homeschooling groups, and we do get together, so there is still the socialising side.

He watches Railroad Australia, which is a really good learning adventure for him. He’s learning about the different trains in different places. He also loves watching documentaries on tv.

His writing and reading are improving a lot. He is much happier, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

In SA, it is easy to begin homeschooling, all you need to do is contact the homeschool office and get some forms to fill out, then you let the school know. It didn’t take too long to be approved, then every year they come and do a review to see how you’re going, and if they can see improvement, they offer another year. They are really friendly. They are there to help in any way.

Contact your State Education Department to find out more information.

Have you considered home schooling your children? Share with us below.

  • Homeschooling is selfish. Kids needs social skills and you needs to stop trying to control everything, but even going so far as to “educate” your children.

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  • My kids went through the school system – small school in a small town – so it worked out well. But I would have loved the one on one home schooling experience to teach them what they wanted to learn rather than what they had to learn.

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  • I have considered home schooling years ago but my husband and I had different thoughts about it (mainly about the social aspect), so we chose normal school system and now I’m happy enough about that.

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  • There are different ways of homeschooling your children, for us, we used distant education.
    I home schooled 3 of my children but not for their entire schooling. My oldest boy I pulled out of high school because of physical bullying. For my other child we home schooled her all through high school and then my youngest child we started homeschooling from year 6 onwards. My second child never wanted to be home schooled, he enjoyed being at school, so he went right through primary and high school. So every child is different for sure.
    We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and they did very well. With distant ed, we still had reports from teachers etc, it was quite structured but still a bit flexible with your time.
    I did also for a short time, before starting with distant ed, provide learning materials from a website = http://www.homeschooling.com.au they have a Curriculum Guide etc and we found them very helpful.
    All our children have finished their schooling now and one of them now runs a home schooling get together at the local library once a week where families come in and they do fun, curriculum based learning activities.


    • We use that website, I love getting learning books from them. :-)

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  • My 3rd child was home schooled for nearly a year as he was not settling in with the way the teacher was that year. I struggled a bit as my other 2 were going to High School and do not drive due to a medical condition. He had lots of fun and settled down, his anxiety levels was lowered so much. The next year he wanted to try primary school again and he felt better then. His teacher that year said he seemed ahead of others in his class. If my toddlers decide that school is not for them or I feel that the system is failing them I would home school again.

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  • Home schooling appears to be a good option for some kids and every family is unique and educates kids in their own way. Educational options and having kids educated is what matters.

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  • I didn’t realise how easy it is to start homeschooling. I don’t think it’s for me as I work full time and I love working but I think it would definitely suit some mums I know.

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