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What Kind of Social Skills Do They Learn at School?

All home educators have heard the question, “How will they learn social skills if if they don’t go to school?” This assumes that children will learn social skills at school.  While I do not disagree with that assumption, the question arises, ‘What kind of social...

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Home Education Booms in WA

Western Australia’s registered home educated population grew an impressive 17% from 1889 students in 2012 to 2211 students in 2013. This compares with an annual average increase of 5.2% over the last fourteen years.  1079 students were registered in 1999. The earliest...

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Bullying by Girls Makes Homeschooling a Necessity

I was recently contacted by a West Australian newspaper reporter about the rise in homeschooling due to bullying.   The biggest reason parents cite for pulling their children out of school is bullying behaviour. When I did the statistics of those joining Homeschool WA...

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Home Education is Not Expensive

Research has shown that while cheaper than Sydney, sending children to school in WA is still expensive.   There are transport and uniform costs, books, as well as stationary and excursions.  Click here to see the recent article from the West Australian. Even at a...

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Paper is better than a Computer Screen

A few years ago the newest educational fad was for all students to have a laptop and spend most of the day online.  Many schools are now backing away from this approach. There were problems with students wasting time sending messages to each other and visiting...

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You are Very Brave to Homeschool!

Many home educators have heard this comment by concerned friends and relations. The implication of course, is that you are almost reckless to attempt, what only a vast array of trained professionals can do with the resources of a school with science laboratories,...

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You are Brave to Send Your Child to School

In my previous post I agreed that it took courage for parents to step out against the grain and home educate their children. Similarly, I propose that it takes just as much (if not more) courage to send your child to school. When your children are at home, you as the...

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Can I homeschool with one child?

Many parents are concerned that they only have one child of school age and that by home educating them, they will miss out on forming friendships. A perception exists that those who homeschool have large families. Our research shows this is not the case and that over...

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What Does the Research Say?

I had the privilege of hearing this presentation by Dr Brian Ray at the Global Home Education Conference in Berlin in 2012. As the number of home educated students exceeds two million in the USA, the research mostly comes from North America. While...

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The Romeike Family Can Stay

Last week the US Department of Homeland security said that Romeike family will not be deported back to Germany. At Homeschool WA we have been following and praying for the Romeike family who were seeking asylum in the US after fleeing the repressive...

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Director’s Address to Students 2014

Above: Year 12 Home Education Certificate recipients AJ Horsman and Stefanie Muller with Managing Director  Mr Chapman. Each year at our awards presentation our Managing Director gives an address to our Home Education Certificate recipients  as they embark on a new...

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What Schools Do Not Measure

Schools spend lots of time measuring academics and attendance rates of students, but spend little, if any, in measuring such things as character development, social skills and emotional health. It is not surprising that schools do not want to measure how well they are...

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The Questions Everyone is Afraid to Ask

At Homeschool WA we recognise that academics is only one part of measuring a successful education. We have therefore created a questionnaire that we encourage our parents to answer when their children are enrolled.    It will be voluntary as the questions are personal...

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Home School Stats for Australia 2013

Annual Home Education Registration Statistics for Australia By Stuart Chapman The updated results for 2013 are given below: Annual Numbers of Registered Home Educated Students in Australia in each State and Territory 2011-2013 Notes: 1.     Nationally, registered...

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