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More families join home-schooling boom

Jennifer Deaves of Woodend is homeschooling her children including her youngest daughter Celeste, 5.
Jennifer Deaves of Woodend is homeschooling her children including her youngest daughter Celeste, 5. David Nielsen

WHILE most children are preparing to head back to one of the many schools across Australia, some students will be getting ready to stay at home.

Do you think home-schooling is good for children? Click here to vote in the Poll

Home-schooling is an increasingly popular option in Ipswich with 50 families opting to teach their children from home in 2012, up from 35 in 2011.

Mum Jennifer Deaves said by homeschooling her three children they were always learning.

"There's no difference for us between home and school," Ms Deaves said.

"There are a lot of different ways to do home education, some follow a curriculum, others have religious programs.

There are a lot of different ways to do home education, some follow a curriculum, others have religious programs.

"We feel that as humans we're always learning so we don't do book work as such.

"We take our kids out and to museums to learn all the time."

Similarly, mum Bec Draper said she chose to educate her children from home after seeing a lack of support for autistic children.

"Three of our children have high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, which means they are eligible and expected to attend mainstream school," she said.

"Whilst the idea of 'inclusion' is a fantastic one, the practical implementation of this approach is just not working in our school system, at the moment."

Whilst the idea of 'inclusion' is a fantastic one, the practical implementation of this approach is just not working in our school system, at the moment.

Ms Draper aims to develop her children's confidence, sense of self and awareness of others through homeschooling.

 

HOME-SCHOOLING

  • Since 2008 home-schooling in Ipswich has increased nearly five-fold. There were only 11 registered home-schooling families five years ago, compared to 50 last year.

Do you think home-schooling is good for children?

This poll ended on 30 January 2013.

Yes - 35%

No - 15%

Undecided - 49%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  autisim homeschooling home schooling



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