Homeschooling in Australia is steadily gaining momentum, but it can still be difficult to find your feet. There are dedicated Catholic homeschooling groups in the United States, but not so many in Australia.
For a run down of homeschooling resources in Australia there is the Home Education Association Inc., Australia. It provides public liability insurance for smaller groups who need insurance to hire halls and to hold certain activities.
Aussie Homeschool is an active forum with classifieds, curriculum reviews, blog roll and more developments keep coming.
Australian Catholic Families
A great blog with many contributing families. This grew from the quarterly newsletter Keeping In Touch – published by different families over many years. Visit here http://www.australiancatholicfamilies.blogspot.com/
You can find the original archives of Keeping In Touch HERE.
River Willow’s Resource list for Australian Home Educators. A protestant site but a good resource for Australian home educators from a Christian perspective.
Photocopies of old Australian Catholic texts
For an online copy of A Pictorial History of the Catholic Church in Australia see Under Her Starry Mantle. There a homeschooling mother has scanned in each page.
Adnil Press A Classical Homeschooling publisher and bookshop supplying Australia and beyond. They have some home grown Australian history resources. Probably the best place for Australian history. Also stocking Latina Christiana and other language resources.
Cardinal Newman Faith Resources Merrylands, Western Sydney. This is a great shop with links to Fr. Tierney, author of the Bush Boys books about homeschooling families in settings not dissimilar to the Blue Mountains. There, under downloads, you’ll find archives of Keeping In Touch – a quarterly newsletter edited by different homeschooling families around Australia (though mostly NSW)
Mustard Seed Bookshop Fantastic shop in Lidcombe, Sydney. I’m writing this just after their mid year sale. They are part of the Catholic Education Office – or something like that – which has been revitalised since Cardinal Pell came to Sydney.
Fidelity Books an offshoot of the J23 co-op. Lots of Catholic books. Based in Melbourne.
St. Rita’s Books Traditional Catholic bookshop.
Portico Books with a beautiful shop right near the historic St. Patrick’s Church in Sydney. Many beautiful books too, as well as stationery.