Home schooling 10 and 11 yo. Help!

Submitted: Friday, Oct 30, 2015 at 18:12
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Hi there

Trying to get information from those already doing homeschooling or distance ed on your experiences.

We'll be going around Australia for the whole of 2016.

I am in the process of making that decision as to which way to go. At the moment I'm leaning towards homeschooling because I like the flexibility, but would like to here from those doing it now.

I'm based in QLD.

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Reply By: TomH - Friday, Oct 30, 2015 at 18:56

Friday, Oct 30, 2015 at 18:56
Here would probably be a good place to start

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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 07:28

Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 07:28
To be honest, forget about government propaganda.

Spend your time gathering and understanding real information, here is a great start.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 09:25

Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 09:25
Its not about propaganda A child legally has to have certain schooling or parents will be in trouble.
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Reply By: Member - Ron F (QLD) - Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 10:16

Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 10:16
Hi Jackie,

I did this with my two daughters back in 2005. The eldest one was in year 2 so it was a little bit easier. We signed up to a place in SA. The only drawback was the amount of stuff they gave us, three very large boxes. Some of the requirements was almost impossible to complete. Things like growing plants and measuring the growth on a daily basis.

My youngest was three and she learnt how to read and write by copying the shapes of letters from her reading books. Her sister became the teacher.

Try this link, the Oakey's travelled with their three children aged from 7 to 5. A lot of good information.

I feel very jealous of you, would love to pack the family up again and drive off. Have a great time.

Ron & Jodie
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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 12:18

Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 12:18
Whatever you decide don't forget to make sure each kid keeps a scrapbook/diary including a map that can be filled in. This will assist them with many different skills, help them understand some of the places they visit and become a treasured memento of a great trip. It will also give something to show when the time comes to return to school - to share with others and demonstrate the skills learnt.
We found that with SA Distance Ed (which was excellent while living in remote Indonesia years ago) it was necessary to set aside some regular time and establish a routine so that something formal actually gets done. You want your kids to be happy and up with their peers when the time comes to go back to school. (Ours complained about the number of hours they had to spend in school every day!)However you don't need the time you spend in school. With none of the distractions of school (assembly, roll calling, PE etc) and one on one teaching a lot can be covered in a short time, especially as some things are covered just by the travelling environment which would provide lots of opportunities to practise reading, maths, geography and so on!
The hardest part is probably juggling the different roles of parent and teacher! Have a great trip! Lynne
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Reply By: Member - Bruce and Di T (SA) - Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 12:54

Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 12:54
Schooling is the one thing in Australian life that is compulsory; legally you are required to ensure your children are schooled.Home Schooling usually has strict requirements. As you will be travelling it is a good option. As mentioned earlier set a routine and a time for work to be done. Incorporate your travels. Keep a diary, get them to keep track of the costs involved, fuel usage, time to reach a new place etc. There'll be lots of learning opportunities for them including a very rich experience. If you take a computer you could get them to research the next places you will be visiting and they could also use it for their diary. They'll be writing for a purpose, very important.

Get in touch with your state education department and they will/should help you organise this.

You will need an exemption from school permission and it usually also involves someone from the relevant department meeting with you. You will also have to align the learning programme with the relevant areas of learning.

On the other hand Distance Education might be the best option as lessons etc are provided including a teacher for the children to have contact with and to assist you in the delivery of their education.

By the way I am a retired teacher/principal.


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Reply By: The Bantam - Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 20:04

Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 at 20:04
Probably the best place to start is the home schooling support groups and associations like http://www.hea.edu.au/.

Never been home schooled, never home schooled a child but I know several that have and do ..... one lady I know has home schooled 6 children .... eldest now 22, youngest 7...... the eldest 2 where sent to formal school for years 11 and 12....... she has finally sent that remaining 4 off to school this year.

She highly recommends the support groups both for information and connections ..... many home schoolers meet and have home school related excersions and support each other.

You may find you can visit and interact with other home schoolers as you travel.

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