Welcome to SEED Homeschool!
Welcome. Sit down and have a coffee. Let's chat!
Hi! I am Allira, and that is me loving my child while she looks decidedly annoyed and tries to run away from me. That's ok. I am a mum of 5 - I can handle it!
I haven't always been a homeschooler!
In fact, if you had told me 10 years ago, when we had three little children, and I was neck-deep in university work, that I would be homeschooling, I might have laughed...
Homeschooling all of these kids? that's crazy, right?!
Well apparently not. Because I did it, and I am still doing it.
Because it works.
Back before it was cool to be a nerd. I was one of those too. I stayed in university 11 years, spanning 5 degrees, because... I just loved it. And I wanted to be a lecturer. I started my PHD preparation - and my thesis was going to be 'the effect of violent pornography on family units and relationships'
That's full on right? Imagine studying that for (another) 4 yrs, with 3 kids... but I was doing it
I wanted to change people. Change industries. Change the world... I was completely committed to our path.
Then we got hit by a cyclone
8 hours of looking at my sleeping children, and thinking we were all going to die (how can kids sleep through that?!) while the world crashed around us. I had PTSD, our dog still has PTSD *he stayed awake through the whole thing, and almost dies of fright any time that it rains...
And everything changed...
And everything changed...
Namely this... our cyclone baby
I was swimming in tsunami's of gratitude when I had her.
We were alive.
Our kids were safe.
Life had changed forever.
We dreamed up a different life for our kids... and we just did it!
Fast-forward 7 years and I tutor for 2 of the nation's top universities
(it is a lot of fun - I love it!)
I *never* thought I would be writing curriculum for homeschoolers... but for us, it was necessity. Our little people became big people, and (being a nerd) I just couldn't find any resources that provided the academic skills that I had been teaching for so long.
and SEED was born!
And then Luna! (soooo cute, right?)
There is a little piece of our story, and we would love to hear yours! Come and chat with us on instagram at @seed_homeschool and if you need more of the nuts and bolts, we have a lot of that stuff on our FAQ page
Want more of the nuts and bolts?
'Thank you so much for all of your support! I was really struggling with getting my 16 year old daughter motivated to do any study at all. I didn't want to put her back in to school and I didn't want to enrol in distance education - this was like my prayers were answered! Finally we are back to the inspired and hopeful girl that I know! Our daughter is loving the freedom of doing projects at her own pace - and I am loving having time out to focus on our younger children! I would highly recommend this program to everybody who is homeschooling teenagers!'
It is our first week on the program and I have never seen my teenage son so motivated - I really like the projects on refugees and domestic violence. We would never have thought to include them in our homeschooling.
'We are travelling around Australia and have limited room for text books and other homeschool resources - something that we can do online is SO HELPFUL! All we need is our laptop and internet and we are set. Yes I would definitely recommend this to other families travelling around Australia. It is an invaluable resource for our homeschooling'
"Where do I start? We are unschooling and didn't want to send our son to school for years 10 - 12 but really wanted him to be able to go to TAFE or Uni if he decides to later on. This is a perfect happy medium for us. He can work by himself, choose the topics that he likes, mark his own work, research at his own pace, and it fits in with our unschooling philosophy that we let him do what is a good fit for him. This is NOT anything like a distance education program. I have recommended it to my closest friends - it is amazing and we are so happy to have found you!'
' We were really lucky to get the membership on special. I really like that our daughter can work by herself, and tell us all about what she has been researching at the end of the day. It is really important that we are able to keep homeschooling from year 10 onwards, when we thought the only options were distance education or going back to school'
Independent learning - step by step instructions
As unschoolers looking to transition to higher education, this was a great middle ground for us! We had no timelines or deadlines to meet, no head-sets or school fees. I could still use our own books and we led our usual unschooling lives, but we are also able to give our teen access to projects that will help her in getting in to university in a few years!