thread: Home Schooling

  1. #1
    Jen Schuster Guest

    Home Schooling

    Hi all

    Has anyone ever thought of/ or are doing home schooling?
    We are going to look into this and was just wondering if anyone knew where I could get some information



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    Feb 2003
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Australia

    Hey Jen,

    Our Expert Swami Guruprem homeschooled all her children - check out her website at Not 100% if it has homeschooling information though.
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  3. #3
    Jen Schuster Guest

    Thanks for the link Kel

    Will go check it out :-)

  4. #4
    HipBubbyMama Guest

    I know a few homeschoolers, or those intending to. If you like I can send you some links I see you are in Melbourne- I also know of IRL homeschoolng groups etc if you are interested in that sort of thing...

  5. #5
    Mum 2 Three Guest

    Hi Jen,

    I was home schooled - Primary Correspondence School/School of the Air because I lived on a cattle property in North West Queensland - nearest school 70 miles away! I always reckoned that I would never subject my children to that because it is so isolating (in my case extreme). My social skills were a bit undeveloped when I was finally shoved into the mainstream system (when I was sent to boarding school for secondary education). I had a bit of a hard time fitting in.

    Anyway, good luck with your ultimate decison. Just wanted to put my own 2c worth in aboout it!

  6. #6
    Add Rouge on Facebook

    Jun 2003

    Are there any homeschoolers about? Marc's cousins were home schooled, its very much a fulltime job!


  7. #7
    Custardtart Guest

    There's a real network of homeschoolers in Melbourne, I have a close friend who homeschools. Contact the education dept of the government to get the information on requirements, as I'm sure it differs a little from state to state.


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    mooshie Guest

    this is a bit off subject but when i was induced with lani there was a lady sharing my room who was being induced with number 6 and she home schooled all her children - she told me alot about it and i was amazed at how common it really was.

    these children aged 10 down where the most brilliantly behaved children - as the hospital was full we had to share a room for the first day or so before being in our own room and i had lani on wednesday night and she went down to labour ward thursday morning she came back up to the ward thursday evening about 9is and i was kind of dreading having her whole family in the room (i was knackered lol) she told the kids to sit outside and wait for there father and to be quiet - i never heard a peep - i really admire this woman she was wonderful.

    just thought i would post this as i remember at the time thinking how dedicated she was.

  9. #9
    kelstar78 Guest

    Hi Jen, I live in an isolated community with school of the air kids with ages ranging from 4 to 14 and they all seem to be doing really well in their education. From what I have been told I think that the key to being successful is having a dedicated "schoolroom" and as much involvement with other kids as possible. We will be home schooling Olivia for as long as we are living out here and I am looking forward to the challenge. Good luck with making the decision

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    froofy Guest

    Yes, we do But we can't register until next year.

  11. #11
    BellyBelly Member

    Jan 2005

    My neighbours homeschool their children and they wouldn't have it any other way.They have 5 children ranging from 10-2 and they are expecting #6 in October.

    I personally don't think homeschooling is a good option, fair enough if you do live miles away from a school but when you have a choice of schools all within 10 minutes from your house i think a child is better of going to a "school".

    As someone said from their own personal experience they lacked the social skills from being homeschool and found it hard to fit into the mainstream system when they got shoved into it.

    Any way sorry for ranting and raving, this is my personal thoughts on the topic sorry if i have upset anyone.
    Take care Leah

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    Registered User

    Nov 2004

    As a high school teacher we have a few kids that leave to be home schooled, only to return within the year.......

  13. #13
    froofy Guest

    I find the hardest thing about homeschooling is the way we get treated sometimes in the community when I mention it. People ask me about my daughter's schooling and I answer honestly, then people will rudely say in front of my daughter how wrong they think it is. It really upsets me, as she loves being homeschooled, and I wonder how these other parents would feel if people made negative comments about their kids' schooling in front of the kids. Sorry, vent over!

  14. #14

    Mar 2004

    I don't think that I'm up to the challenges of homeschooling but it seems to me that homeschooling offers adavantages that other school systems can't ie the chance to have a 'school excursion' to thier uncle's work, more freedom to study areas that they find really interesting in more depth and so on. IMO a great system would be a group of parents joining together to home school so that differant parents who were educated/pasionate about differant areas could concentrate on those areas. it would also be aless fulltime job then because it could be arranged so that parents could have days off.

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    Registered User

    Aug 2004

    I am seriously considering homeschooling, and hoping to share the schooling bit with my DH (i.e. we will both work a couple of days a week and school days the other is working). I really like the idea of child-led learning, and it seems to me that homeschooling allows children to have more input and control over their learning than they are able to get in the school system. Of course, DD is not even one yet, so I still have a while to wait before I really need to make a decision!

  16. #16
    Registered User

    Apr 2004
    Outer East, Melbourne

    The wasy I look at it, I've been 'home schooling' Caitlin for five years - now it's someone elses turn ! And it's not like learning starts 9am and stops at 3.30. I'm looking forward to working with whatever Cait brings home from school next year.

    I saw someting on TV recently about home schooling and how in this group the parents and children often went on excursions together and as a group were able to have specialists in to talk to their group.

  17. #17
    Registered User

    Jul 2006

    homeschooling offers adavantages that other school systems can't ie the chance to have a 'school excursion' to thier uncle's work, more freedom to study areas that they find really interesting in more depth and so on..
    This part I do agree with and I think it is extremely important that a child is able to develop their own interests and it is something lacking in the current system. Some kids are 'academics' and others (like myself) are more 'physical' hands on learners. I don't believe the current system caters to the latter very well. However, having said that I was homeschooled (from grade 9) for a number of years AFTER being in mainstream school system and I HATED it! I missed my friends, missed being around kids. I think that it is something if you are going to do (unless you move somewhere remote) needs to be done from day one. Also, mum used to try and push her interests onto me which I found completely and utterly boring.

    I am unsure if it is something I could actually do or not. I'm not sure I'd be disciplined

  18. #18
    Registered User

    Aug 2005

    My step-brothers are both homeschooled and have been for about 2 years. They're now 12 & 14yo. When my dad & stepmum said they were going to homeschool, we all thought it was a horrible idea because the boys were so young for their age and lacking in any social skills already. We thought that it would only make them worse.

    After 2 years, I can honestly say that I think it was the best option for my step-brothers. When they did the assesments right at the start, they were supposed to be at year level 6 & 8 in the school system, their assesments came back at year level 4 & 5 - and the oldest was at the lower level! They spent most of the first year catching up to where they should be, and are now doing very well with their schooling. Unfortunately, the school system these days lets too many kids fall through the cracks, and kids are just not learning the way we used too - IMO.

    As far as social skills, they are both developing really well. One of the reasons for homeschooling was because my dad travels a lot and they wanted to be able to take the boys with them to expose them to other cultures etc, which they wouldn't have been able to do in the school system. Also, my dad works from home, and so they have people at their house quite a lot, which forces them to interact with other people. As far as friends, they have quite a large group of friends that they see outside of school hours, and they play sports, so interact with other kids there as well.

    All in all, I now think it was a good option for my step-brothers, especially seeing they're not missing out on the interaction as much as I first thought, and they both love it. My stepmum incorporates everyday things like cooking and shopping etc into their lessons, so they are learning life skills as well as all the 'educational' stuff that they would learn in school.

    Anyway, that's my very long 2 cents, not that it probably helps any, but just thought I'd share my experience.