Lifestyle

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.

Topics:  autisim, homeschooling, home schooling



Motorway delays after truck and car collide

Ipswich Motorway traffic at Goodna. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

Woman assessed for injuries following peak-hour smash

WATCH: Police release CCTV footage of Goodna robbery

An armed robbery took place at the IGA in Goodna at 6am this morning (27-9-16).

Masked men armed with large hammer hold up store

FINALS CHAT: The AT80 team talk NRL and Bears vs Cutters

FINALS CHAT: Manager of rugby league Ipswich Brendon Lindsay joins co-host Anthony 'Bomber' Breeze, host Ben Wilmott and special guest Colin Scott this week on After the 80.

Grand final spotlight should be on NRL heroics

Local Partners

Kim Kardashian West wants restraining order against prankster

She was attacked by Vitalii Sediuk for the second time in two years

Cliff Richard to release 101st album

Sir Cliff Richard's album cover

Sir Cliff Richard is to release his 101st album

CMC Rocks faces fan backlash over date change, headliners

The 10th annual CMC Rocks festival will be headlined by The Dixie Chicks.

FANS are not happy about festival being pushed back by two weeks.

Kim Kardashian West attacked by man trying to kiss her bottom

Vitalii Sediuk targeted Gigi Hadid last week

Madonna poses naked in solidarity with Katy Perry

Madonna posted her own nude selfie on Instagram

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released