Australian Homeschooling Curriculum
My Homeschool offers parents an opportunity to teach an Australian homeschooling curriculum that raises globally educated children whilst still aligning with the best practices and content of the Australian Curriculum (ACARA).
The Australian Curriculum is a secular curriculum which was written to help young Australians learn about and engage with the world. This curriculum is used as a guiding principle in many states for homeschool registration. If you want to know more about homeschooling in Australia we have a guide here.
Within our Australian homeschool curriculum we aim to include the ACARA cross curriculum priorities which include teaching about: First Nations, diversity, sustainability and Australia’s place in Asia and the world. In addition we have also included the core principles of a Charlotte Mason education such as good literature, nature study, world history and international issues that are integral to a modern world class curriculum for global citizens.
My Homeschool’s Australian homeschool curriculum is faith based. We believe that education of the whole child is important and we encourage parents to nurture their children’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional and social needs.
Our weekly routine includes a group family time and we encourage you to nurture your child’s faith, however we have left it up to you to decide how you want to do that. We also alert parents to sections of the curriculum that they may like to pre-read, review or discuss prior to a lesson.
My Homeschool uses Moodle, an online learning platform created for schools and universities.
It’s easy to use and doesn’t require much technical skill. It also has a handy app for your smart phone or tablet. All your resources are stored in one handy place that you can find and download as needed.
We’ve carefully selected our videos and the links your child needs to follow. Your child’s online safety is important to us.
It’s not all online though, many of our lessons require reading from a real book or a paper-based resource.
Our Homeschool Resources
Many of our homeschool resources have been exclusively written for our Australian homeschool curriculum. Some resources have been adapted from popular Charlotte Mason classics to include Australian context and content.
My Homeschool has been the perfect fit for our family. It has provided the “hand-holding” I needed as a new homeschooler while still being flexible enough to be workable in everyday life.
It took the stress out of writing the application for exemption to homeschool as everything was laid out for me, and we were granted 18 months exemption.
I love that it uses a relaxed CM style, can be taught from a Christian worldview and is Australian. The weekly plans are not overly prescriptive so can easily be implemented according to the child’s individual interests and pace of learning and whatever else is happening in our week.
Can You Teach This Curriculum in a Secular Way?
My Homeschool is an Australian Christian Homeschooling Curriculum and we do have a Christian worldview and follow the method and many of the ideas of Charlotte Mason. We are often asked whether our Australian Homeschool Curriculum Packages can be used by families who aren’t Christian. It can be and it is.
A number of families not professing to the Christian faith use My Homeschool courses and enjoy the curriculum. Some adapt aspects to better align with their family’s beliefs and values and see the value of teaching their children about God as a part of their broad educational feast. Our curriculum was written to give all your child a rich education.
Many of our resources are secular. We have done our best to choose wholesome books that provide good role models and teach character. We do not exclusively use Christian resources. We do not emphasis religion but our history books will have some religious themes because of the period in which they are set.
If you want to substitute some of the resources to better fit the needs of your family you can. However, you’ll be in charge of the tweaking. That’s not a service My Homeschool supplies.
The Charlotte Mason method is a great approach to homeschooling and is used by people of many different faiths.
If you are still unsure please read about Charlotte Mason homeschooling, look what’s in our Australian Homeschool Resources and get the My Homeschool Free Trial to see if this is a curriculum that will suit your needs.
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While I’m responding I just wanted to take a moment too to say that we are absolutely loving the My Homeschool curriculum. My children and I feel like we have breathed a breath of fresh air after a turbulent first and second term this year with a distance education school. We had signed up with them in an effort to reduce the amount of time I spend planing and reporting for HEU.
In fact the only reason we hadn’t signed up with My Homeschool initially is because anytime HEU was mentioned my heart rate would increase and I’d want to run!
We were, and are, a Charlotte Mason style family and in hindsight I should have realised that the distance education route was going to be a disaster. Let’s just say, in term 1 and 2, no-one saved any time, there were lots of frustrated tears from children and mother, and there was so much busy work to do and no time for a proper education!
Enter My Homeschool, oh how we loved term 3, our first term with you. My children were once more excited about ‘school’, I was once more loving learning alongside them. There was time to explore some of the creative tangents the children go off on when were learning new things, you know the sort, “if that happened, I wonder what happened when…”, or the classic “why?”.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the hard work you do, your curriculum has provided a platform (and the reporting documents) that satisfies the HEU while still leaving us loads of flexibility and room to explore our amazing world and the people who have lived here and still live here.
You have saved me time in planning and reporting and the word HEU no longer makes me want to run. I have been so thrilled I tell all my homeschooling friends about your amazing program and one of my friends signed her family up with My Homeschool (PS they’re loving the curriculum too).
Many blessings to you and your team, continue the good work you are doing. The hours are most likely long and some days feel fruitless, but you are without a doubt a blessing to many families.