Considerations

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You may have been home educating for quite
a while already, or you may be just getting going.
Either way, this section discusses some aspects of
home education which are worth considering as you
formulate your own unique way of doing things.

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This section aims to be quite comprehensive, covering a broad range of topics that influence the home education journey. Some may be especially interesting when you’re just starting out, while others may add insight during times of frustration or when you’ve been home educating for a while, and just feel like things could be going better.
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One of the very best things about educating your children at home is that you can develop your very own way of doing things.

There are all sorts of things which contribute to a family’s unique approach to home education, including:

  • your own belief system, including personal views on education, religion, etc., which make up your own home education Philosophy
  • whether you prefer a structured or more free-flowing Approach
  • what sort of factors are the most relevant influences on your child’s Learning
  • whether you want to use an existing curriculum, or pull together your own Resources using a variety of tools of the trade

It’s very common for families to start out using quite a structured approach, then gradually migrate to a less rigorous way as they develop confidence in themselves and their children’s ability to learn. It does happen in reverse (even for the same reasons), and it also happens that families start out in the same way that they finish, happily seeing their children off to university or the careers of their choice, home educating in the same way all along. All approaches can lead to very favourable outcomes.

What is important is that you are comfortable with whatever approach and methods you use. If your best friend is the Queen of Routine*, but you’re the High Priestess of Spontaneous Genius*, there’s very little point in you trying to emulate your friend’s approach to home education. Your children will be familiar with your way of doing things, and very likely bewildered if you start trying to have them freshly pressed, neatly dressed, breakfasted and finished spelling, dictation and times tables drilling by 9am.

Be assured that the legislation makes provision for a huge variety of approaches to home education. Just make sure you can Document, even minimally, what you’re doing, and demonstrate to the person who conducts your registration visit that a high quality education is actually taking place for your child.
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The liberally educated person is one who is able
to resist the easy and preferred answers,
not because he is obstinate but because
he knows others worthy of consideration.
~ Allan Bloom


* Please forgive the sexist monikers – dads can equally be the primary home educators, but at this stage it’s still most often the mum who manages the family’s home education.
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