Teachers choose to unschool

Talia Burton-Walker has decided to unschool her children. She and daughter India Walker, 2, do some painting.

"In terms of education school is a relatively new thing; 200 years ago children learned by being at home, they learned by cooking and gardening and being part of a community."

Boy's brutally honest answer

"Most of the kids drew long hair/beards. My son, coffin."

The seven-year-old was asked what he'd look like in 100 years - so he drew a coffin.

Home school kids set agenda

Home schooling mother Niki Boon with her children, from left, Rebecca Simcic, 11, Kurt Simcic, 12, Anton Simcic, 8, and Arwen Simcic, 6.

They're free spirits, and becoming a doctor or an artist is up to them, say parents.

Ready for school

Will Laugesen, 5, is ready for his first day of school.

Will is the oldest of three boys, and having him start school is a big moment for the whole family.

'I want to go home to die' video

Phelicity Sneesby,13, of Ballina, New South Wales, who has a congenital heart defect.

Phelicity has spent much of her short life in hospital. She wants to come home to die.

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Five To Ten

Teachers choose to unschool

Talia Burton-Walker has decided to unschool her children. She and daughter India Walker, 2, do some painting.

"In terms of education school is a relatively new thing; 200 years ago children learned by being at home, they learned by cooking and gardening and being part of a community."

Boy's brutally honest answer

The seven-year-old was asked what he'd look like in 100 years - so he drew a coffin.

Home school kids set agenda

Ready for school

Tweens To Teens

'I want to go home to die' video

Phelicity Sneesby,13, of Ballina, New South Wales, who has a congenital heart defect.

Phelicity has spent much of her short life in hospital. She wants to come home to die.

Meet your new favourite tween

"I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs," says 11-year-old on a mission to make a difference.

Astra Ticehurst is starting at Marlborough Girls College this year.

New year, new school

"It's gonna be a big step up, but I'm looking forward to learning new things and meeting new friends."

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