Stephanie - Mornington Peninsula, VIC / Bunurong Country
Australian Homeschool Stories
by Australian Homeschool Stories
1M ago
"Before we had kids, we were both adamant that we wouldn't put our kids in daycare. We wanted to raise our kids at home. We always knew we were aligned on that. So that's where it started. We were at home. We were together.” The tables have turned and it’s me, your host Stephanie, in the hot seat. Helping me tell my story is the tech-side of this operation, my husband Daniel. For those who have listened to this podcast for some time you may have pieced parts of my story together over previous episodes, but I’m sitting down to share it all in what will be the final episode of Season Three. SU ..read more
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Joss - Denmark, WA / Minang Country
Australian Homeschool Stories
by Australian Homeschool Stories
1M ago
"Even all the times when it was really, really hard, if I could go back right to the beginning now, I would make exactly the same choices to do it all over again. It's just been the most beautiful experience of my life.” Today I have the pleasure of sharing Joss Goulden’s reflections on her adult children’s natural learning life. As an aware parenting instructor and parenting coach, Joss is passionate about supporting children and parents to thrive and heal with compassion and connection. In this episode she beautifully espouses how much her family’s homeschooling journey has meant to her. Se ..read more
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Bel - Central Highlands, TAS / Muwinina Country
Australian Homeschool Stories
by Australian Homeschool Stories
1M ago
“How many of us are in our 40s now only just learning how to be artists again because we were told we weren't any good at it?” Bel is raising her two boys (aged 8 and 5) alongside her sister and daughter (aged 6) with the loving support of their parents. They all live & learn together on four acres overlooking the beautiful Derwent River in the Central Highlands of Tasmania. This multigenerational family are an inspiring example of folk who have dared to do things a little differently. They are all reaping the benefits of living life without school, with plenty of love and support. SUMMA ..read more
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Ilaria - Canberra, ACT / Ngunnawal Country
Australian Homeschool Stories
by Australian Homeschool Stories
2M ago
"I want to unschool to give her more freedom. I can't start the journey by forcing her out of school... you can send your kids to school and still be an unschooler in my view. The point is they have the choice” Italy may be Ilaria’s country of origin but she well and truly calls our nations capital home. She and her husband (who fatefully met on the day she arrived in Australia over 23 years ago) are raising their two daughters (ages 14 and 8) on a small farm, that she lovingly describes as a geriatric retirement home for animals. Their unschooling experiment began during the covid pandemic l ..read more
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Elisa - Sydney, NSW / Dharug Country
Australian Homeschool Stories
by Australian Homeschool Stories
2M ago
“They spent their preschool years when they were three and four years old playing all the time. But then they went to school and they forgot how to play.” Elisa is a newly minted homeschooler. This is the episode you are going to want to listen to if you are on the precipice of taking the leap into homeschooling or you have found yourself deep in the trenches of deschooling your own children and yourself. The daughter of a teacher who became a teacher herself, Elisa is now a homeschooling mum to twin boys and a daughter (ages 6 and 3) bravely sharing how she’s navigating these new, unchartere ..read more
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Nicki - Sunshine Coast, QLD / Gubbi Gubbi Country
Australian Homeschool Stories
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2M ago
“Children learn best intrinsically motivated, following their own interests and when adults step back.” One year ago, we hit publish on the first episode of the Australian Homeschool Stories podcast with Vicci Oliver’s story. I was a very nervous first-time interviewer and Vicci was the most gracious, kind and supportive first guest I could have hoped for! Today, to celebrate one whole year of sharing homeschooling stories from across our beautiful country, you are going to hear Nicki Farrell’s story. Nicki is an ex-teacher turned wildschooling, unschooling mum of two boys (aged 11 & 9 ..read more
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Debbie - Brisbane, QLD / Turrbal Country
Australian Homeschool Stories
by Australian Homeschool Stories
2M ago
“That's the beauty of an unschooling lifestyle, it’s just continuing what you’ve always done with your children.” Having always homeschooled and having been homeschooled herself, Debbie’s story spans across both analog and digital generations. Whilst she never set out to become a radical unschooler, she now confidently embraces the path her family have chosen. Along the way she has created a viable small business that has the potential to revolutionise the way we balance working and homeschooling, a dilemma many modern home educating families face. Summary: Homeschooling was a very unusual ..read more
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Anna - Rockingham, WA - Whadjuk Country
Australian Homeschool Stories
by Australian Homeschool Stories
3M ago
“I hope at the end of all this I’ll have raised two kids who love learning.” If they are not home, chances are Anna and her kids (ages 9 & 4) can be found in their local library. So great is their love for this community haven of literature, living within walking distance of it strongly influenced where they chose to reside in Rockingham, Western Australia. Homeschoolers from day dot, this musical, book loving, nature appreciating family value time together and connection over curriculum.  SUMMARY: Anna was born in Kalgoorlie but has lived in Perth since she was 6 years old. She me ..read more
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Richa - Melbourne, VIC / Bunurong Country
Australian Homeschool Stories
by Australian Homeschool Stories
3M ago
“Don’t let fear guide you. You’ve chosen this path, lead it with love.” Richa and her husband, who were both born and educated in India, now live in Melbourne and home educate their two children, aged 7 and 2. We cover a variety of topics in this episode including Montessori, minimalism, community building, sibling dynamics and fostering a love of reading, nature and kindness. SUMMARY: When Richa and her husband were house hunting in Melbourne they were ironically drawn to Bayside for the schools, but it was the solace and peace of being next to water that solidified their choice to call thi ..read more
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Sara - Brisbane, QLD / Turrbal Country
Australian Homeschool Stories
by Australian Homeschool Stories
3M ago
I can think of no better spokesperson for unschooling in Australia than Sara, whose four daughters (aged 15, 13, 10 and 8) have never been to school. This inspiring family of six who call sunny Queensland home, have collaboratively and creatively designed their lives. As well as unschooling, she is a passionate advocate for respectful parenting and children's rights.  SUMMARY Growing up on the Sunshine Coast, Sara went from being private schooled herself to zero percent school for her own children. Once she became a mother, admiring her curious, happy, carefree children, all she could t ..read more
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