Welcome to Secret Hippie's Homeschool pages!

We have homeschooled our children on and off for 20 years and now we have the youngest 2 of the 5 are starting off on their own 'schooling' experience and we want to share the journey. We hope to show you our ways of providing a rich but thrifty education.

We are ECLECTIC homeschoolers. We have tried strict 'school at home' to 'unschooling' and found we were most comfortable somewhere in the middle! So expect to find bits of both. We hope that you find some ideas that might help you with your own homeschooling journeys.

It might be good to know that we are not staunchly 'schoolers' or 'homeschoolers" we see pros and cons to both, we understand life's circumstances are different for everyone and even the needs of a family change, sometimes even quite suddenly. For those that have children at school, you might find some fun low cost activities to do with your children :o)

Thursday, September 8, 2011


We are located in NSW, Australia and the law requires a child at the age of 6 to be either in school or registered for homeschooling. (Or exemption to not register).
We have just gone through the process.
Check out Board of Studies NSW find the homeschooling information and read through the forms. Before you fill, scan and email them back, you need to be prepared for your visit from Mr Registration! Once you email the forms back,  you receive an email saying someone will be in touch. You need to be prepared before this process starts. It was a week later I had Mr Registration at my door.

In the pdf package it tells you on page 11 (from the 2010 pdf) the sort of things Mr Registration is interested in. There are 7 bullet points to take note of.
At the time of the visit, if approved (or not!), Mr Registration fills out a Recommendation Sheet for homeschooling that has a space for 4 comments, as below:

1. Teaching/Learning
This is the sort of thing I had but it's not necessary, you can come up with your own stuff.
You don't have to buy any thing.

2. Facilities, Learning Environment and Resources
This is our craft room and school room, holder of lots of resources and a nice working space.

3. Recording of Student Learning Experiences and Progress/Achievement
I started with a diary system but a friend recommended a sheet with the key learning areas.
It's easier to tick then write a brief comment if you want.

4. Other
We had no comments under heading. I can't comment on what this might contain.

I found our Mr Registration to be a lovely man who was very easy to talk to and discuss our plans in a very open and honest way.

I had way over prepared in hind sight, I had no idea what to expect and I felt like this 'person' coming had the power of life or death in his hands! I perspired so much and got stressed completely unnecessarily.

You do need to know what you are planning to teach your child, it is good to have resources and a nice working environment and they want to know how you are going to record your learning experiences.

Remember they are open to a wide range of homeschooling techniques. They just really want to see dedication to your child's education, most parents feel the same! We just want what's best for our children don't we.

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