April 21, 2014

Latest posts from Home Education Foundation

What are you going to do when your homeschooled children grow up and have to face the “real world”

Here is Billie Walker Glazier‘s answer

Frequently I ignore the rude comments that roll from my back suggesting that homeschool is not “normal” school, or that public school is “real” school.

But I could not help it today. It was just really poor timing for the poor lady who mistakenly asked me what I am going to do when my homeschooled children grow up and have to face the “real world”. I smiled at this lady. I paused and collected my thoughts to make certain I did not leave any of them unspoken.

I said, “I will be glad on that day and I will rejoice in it! I will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my children have been raised in this world and have been equipped to handle anything it throws before them. I will know that they will be answering more questions than they ask while walking along the beach. I make certain that is where they learn about marine life. I know they will have a plan to help world hunger as I have carefully exposed them to a physical environment of meeting the needs of those who have stumbled to a point of homeless. I can trust, should they choose a medical field, that they are successful sooner than many as they have learned health at a hospital. I know they will balance their finances as an expert due to their studies conducted at the bank in lieu of a textbook. Should they find themselves lost in this world, they will soon recall their guide in the heavens as they have learned to navigate with the stars as their milestones.

I am confident my children will never face the real world acutely, as they have been in it all along, daily, taking full advantage of its wonders, and the natural educational tools that surround them will not, to any homeschooled child, be new or unexpected. How about you… when your child breaks from the brick confinement directed by strangers… what will you do?

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Council of Europe report threatens homeschooling

Thanks to everyone who signed this Petition – it has now closed.

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Parliamentarians conflate parallel societies with religious freedom

Sign Petition to Support Religious Freedom

Stand together with families in Europe by taking a moment to sign a petition to oppose this legislation.

Sign now >>

A report on the “protection of minors against excesses of sects” from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) calls out homeschooling as a practice that should be restricted because of the danger of parallel societies and religious sectarianism. Rapporteur Rudy Salles from France speaks for the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights: “The Committee … is of the opinion that more measures must be taken at national and European level to counter the excesses of sects which affect minors.” Among other things, the report calls upon all 47 member States to “make sure that compulsory schooling is enforced and ensure strict, prompt, and effective monitoring of all private education, including home schooling” to “counter the excesses of sects which affect minors.”

A coalition formed to oppose the report and its accompanying resolution call them “fatally flawed” and note that the documents “contravene human rights standards.”

“The Salles report and resolution contain sweeping generalizations, vague and unsupported allegations, and one-sided information from biased sources that constitute a blueprint for discrimination against parents and their children associated with religious minority faiths,” the coalition states on its website.

Advocates of religious freedom in Europe and around the world have joined together to oppose the Salles report. The International Religious Freedom Roundtable, a multi-faith association of scholars, religious leaders, human rights advocates and practitioners, sent a letter to PACE President Anne Brasseur on March 31st expressing deep concern about the report. The joint letter attracted a total of 64 signatures from American and European organizations and individuals, including HSLDA.

Michael Donnelly, Director of International Affairs at HSLDA asks friends of homeschooling and religious freedom to make their voice heard.

“Please take a moment to sign the coalition’s petition to help stop the proposed legislation at the Council of Europe and share with others you know,” Donnelly asks. “The Salles report poses a serious threat to religious freedom and goes too far as to undermine a parent’s right to choose to homeschool their child on the basis of their religious convictions, a right that is clearly protected by the European Convention and other human rights treaties.”

 Resources

Read the Alliance Defending Freedom’s analysis of the Salles report.

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Protect Your Family

If you aren’t yet a member of HSLDA, consider joining today! HSLDA’s work benefits homeschooolers in the United States and around the world. We invite you to participate in our ministry to the homeschool community. Join now >>

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Ten Ways to Make Your Children Hate Learning

Ten Ways to Make Your Children Hate Learning — by Victoria Botkin

1. Exasperate them with bureaucratic micro-management (ie. Insist that they do everything just the way the Teacher’s Guide told you they have to do it) making them wait while you re-read the Teacher’s Guide to figure out exactly what it is you’re supposed to do next.

2. Teach them that their worth or intelligence is tied to how fast they get schoolwork over with, and how they perform on standardized tests.

3. Interrupt them when they are reading something interesting and useful, and insist that they follow the lesson plan for the day.

4. Complain that you have always found the subject being studied boring or hard.

5. Harangue them about how burdensome their education is to you and whine about impending homeschool burnout.

6. Waste their time with fill-in-the-blanks workbooks designed solely to keep pupils busy.

7. Insult their intelligence by choosing badly written, badly illustrated, or blatantly politically correct books. Assume that they have vulgar, puerile tastes and are unable to process pictures of actual people, choosing instead books illustrated with demeaning cartoon characters.

8. Reinforce the message that learning itself is not rewarding by bribing them with computer games, TV time, and movies as a reward for finishing their schoolwork for the day.

9. Encourage them frequently with reminders that they will graduate some day and never have to learn anything again, ever.

10. Express your longing for that day often and fervently.

What would you add to this list?

Used with permission

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FREE Everyday Arithmetic Books From The 1920s!

Arithmetic books

How to Homeschool for Free is sharing a wonderful resource: 5 Free Arithmetic Books from the 1920?s!

You’ll find books available for Grades 2 through 8!

From the site:

“Each book by Franklin Hoyt and Harriet Peet is very practical and would be a great addition to any math curriculum.”

Click here for more free math resources for homeschoolers!

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Day care bugs increase hospital risk

Another good reason to keep our children at home:

Day care bugs increase hospital risk

3News 29 March 2014
New Zealand children placed in day care are 48 percent more likely to be hospitalised with an infectious disease than those who aren’t in day care, a new study has found.

The research, presented at the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) meeting in Adelaide this week, shows that New Zealand’s early childhood rates of streptococcal and staphylococcal disease are well above levels in other developed countries, with Maori and Pacific Island children particularly vulnerable.

The research Dr Mark Hobbs, of Auckland City Hospital and Auckland University, and colleagues also shows that the risk of infectious disease hospitalisation is:

Read more here: http://www.3news.co.nz/Day-care-bugs-increase-hospital-risk/tabid/423/articleID/337871/Default.aspx

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Home educators and NCEA 1 & 2

Home Educating and wanting to sit NCEA 1 & 2 then read this email from Bev Tagg at EmployNZ

Hi Barbara,

As discussed, please pass the following information to the Parents / Students involved in home school.

At EmployNZ we work with students that decide to achieve their NCEA 1 and 2 and have left school for various reasons, or have decided they want these qualifications and have been home schooled or learning via correspondence.

EmployNZ is an approved PTE with NZQA  category 1 status, been in Tauranga since July 2000 offering a range of courses.

We achieve this with the following Free courses –

National Certificate in Employment Skills – Level 1, National Certificate in Computing Level 2 and Business Administration Level 2. National Certificate in Hospitality – Foundation Skills Level 1.

Within these qualifications we include NCEA 1 and / or 2.

Once they have these qualifications they can then go onto further education or look for employment which is discussed as part of their learning plan and chosen pathway.

Each course is 20 weeks, at Cameron Rd or Fraser St, Tauranga or Te Puke; Monday to Thursday 8.3am to 3pm and Friday 8.30 am to 12.30pm approximately.

We look forward to answering any questions or inquiries parents or students may have.

Feel free to contact me.

Cheers

Bev Tagg

Moderation / Tutor

P: 07 577 0177 Ext 803

F: 07 577 0172

M: 027 652 1445

Email: bev@employnz.net.nz

399 Cameron Rd

TAURANGA 3144

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Online encouragement for home educators

Help teachers to teach / help parents educate

This is a very interesting news article for home educators. “On average 80 per cent of what students learn in a class is not what the teacher intended to teach.”

What are the biggest issues facing the education sector? A huge question to pose. If we turn it around and ask “What skills do we need to teach our students in order for them to become and remain effective in a society in which change is a constant?” then we can work towards clarity.

Unbelievably, classroom research suggests that on average 80 per cent of what students learn in a class is not what the teacher intended to teach….

Our aim when home educating our children is to be training them to be independant learners.

It is interesting to note that “teacher training” rates low on the scale. Teaching is very much a hands on profession in which the teacher becomes more skilled and competent over time spent teaching in the classroom.

The training that occurs before the classroom does help to a limited extent and provides a guide, but it differs wildly from the actual experience. On the other hand, “on the job” mentoring in which active feedback is given to teachers by experienced senior teachers, does wonders to improving outcomes in the classroom because the suggested changes can be immediately implemented and the effects seen…

For home educators the training that occurs before we begin home educating our children is very limited, mainly it is our own school experience, and it differs wildly from the actual experience. On the other hand, “on the job”  we learn by being involed with our children. We soon learn what our “teaching” style is and how our child  learns best. For a very few number of children it can resemble school and for others they learn best being totally self directed. Most children (and a lot of parents comfort zone) fall in between these two.  And in a very limited way mentoring in where active feedback is given to mothers/and fathers by experienced home educators, does wonders to improving outcomes at home because the suggested changes can be immediately implemented and the effects seen.

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 2 February 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting started: http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemption: http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/

 

How to Have the Perfect Home School and Other Myths


Mar 7, 2014

By Tracy Klicka

I never wanted to have a perfect home school. I’ve never wanted to be perfect at anything actually. It’s not that I don’t work hard or don’t set high standards. I do confess, regular exercise has never come easy to me, and my home has probably never been spotless (how do we EVER do that when we and our children live in our home 24/7 anyway?!)

I have spent countless hours, however, organizing our home, divvying up chores among my children, and then planning our curriculum out in each summer for the next entire school year. Our days were always full—busy with training, follow-through, teaching, spending time reading to my kids and teaching them life skills.

Each school day we had time for independent reading, time for creativity, time to develop personal interests, and time to play outdoors and get exercise. We started our school day doing devotions—reading the Bible and often a character story, singing hymns, and praying together.

With seven children, I covered all the basic school subjects and some extra ones too. I love living books, hands-on math, and fun field trips that cement concepts we’re learning in school. Surely, though not perfect, I should have felt confident that I was doing enough, right?

The fact is I always wondered if my kids were missing something. Oh, not in the area of academics, however, nor in the area of life skills. No, I wondered often if I was giving them enough of myself. I’ve spent almost 24/7 with my kids when most moms send their kids off to school for several hours a day.

I’ve always enjoyed running my household of nine, even though it took a lot of this mama’s time trying to keep up with the constant daily needs—don’t we feel often like we get done making one meal and it it’s time to start the next one? And then there’s laundry…mountains of laundry!

Then there’s the cleaning, fixing and replacing the stuff of our home life. That TO DO list never got completely checked off! That’s all beside our school time…several hours each weekday. My head would hit the pillow each night, and after my husband’s prayer and a kiss I’d be out like a light, only to repeat it all again the next day.

Some years into our homeschooling, my husband Chris was diagnosed with progressive MS. That changed everything and added a huge dimension of responsibility and care I thought my plate was already too full for. I realized, more than ever before, that our home school experience would never be what I had hoped and dreamed it would be. I stared directly at my finiteness in the mirror every day.

Before my feet ever touched the ground getting out of bed each morning, I knew I was at the end of my rope! Find out how Tracy kept going and why she can say “Enjoy the journey…there’s no place like home”  here…

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 2 February 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting started: http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemption: http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/

One teacher’s view of education in New Zealand

Schools put our kids in ‘boxes’

SARAH AIONO

Last updated 05:00 20/03/2014

What are your views on education in New Zealand? As the election season gets underway, we asked our readers to share their stories.

People who work in education move in similar circles. The police and nurses are no different. It’s like meeting someone at a party and finding out they’re a kindred spirit – they walk your walk.

In my case, I can identify most with people who have been teachers. If not teachers, education advisers, or psychologists. We automatically connect, as if we are a family of sorts.

Most recently, these connections have highlighted for me several common themes through our conversations.

Firstly, the conversations usually start with the heavy workload, the stress, the late nights and the feeling that no matter how much we do, it is never quite enough.

Then the conversation progresses to policy impositions and ultimately, national standards, and how it’s directly impacting on the ability to do the job we once were excited to do.

For those of us who are parents, there comes a third component to the discussion: given that my younger children are just starting out in the school system, the chat inevitably returns to how I view school for my own offspring.

This is where I have made some startling observations.

My teacher friends are worried. They are genuinely concerned for the well-being of their own children within the education system.

They work hard to try to select the most appropriate school for their child to attend, often having to drive past several other schools to ensure this happens.

They liaise closely with the school staff in order to ensure the impact of policies such as national standards, larger class sizes, clear reporting, etc, doesn’t filter down to mean their child has a negative experience of school.

More recently, the teacher/parents I have spoken to have all categorically stated that if they could they would choose to home-school their child. That they felt their child’s emotional and mental well-being was at-risk in some schools because of the pressure schools are now under to conform to the government’s policies.

You know it must be bad if teachers, given half the chance, would choose to home-school their own kids.

Read more here on why they say this “For teacher/parents who have children who find school somewhat challenging, be it socially, emotionally or academically, the current policy direction will require the school to label them and make them fit in a box.” : http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/nz-election-school-of-politics/9845052/Schools-put-our-kids-in-boxes

Or this “So as a teacher/parent, I would raise my hand to have my children out of this system. And it would seem, so would many others I speak with. They see learning as experiencing, making meaning, doing and exploring – not always having to meet a benchmark to prove one’s ability to learn.

Learning should be happening consistently in the life of a child, making meaning from experience. As such, children don’t need to be boxed in and limited to a range of criteria determined by someone that will not walk their path in life.

The knowledge they seek will be relevant to their life experiences and as such cannot be measured. So, as a teacher/parent, I feel it is that bad.

I do not want my children categorised and ranked, given a number or a grade. I want them having experiences, making connections and engaging in motivating learning. http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/nz-election-school-of-politics/9845052/Schools-put-our-kids-in-boxes

Here are a couple of the comments:

Reading through these comments it becomes apparent that a lot of people have no understanding of what learning is or the testing thereof. If all of us stopped learning the day we left school I am pretty sure very few of us would have achieved anything. The fact is most of the useful things you learn in life you only learn once you have left school and as some people have intuited school has become a “box”, a place where for 13 years a form of “crowd control” is practiced and inquiring minds are frowned upon to some extent, rote and parroting of some other persons “learnings” is in no way or form education.

I totally agree. I only wish my parents knew what I now know and had the same values as me. Then I would have had a real education instead of going to school.

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 2 February 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting started: http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemption: http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/

Voddie Baucham in Australia April 2015

Here are some more details regarding Voddie Baucham’s visit to Australia in April.

He will be visiting Perth, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. Please read below for information and contacts for each location.

Perth – 11th-13th of April – Ever Loving Truth

Why do we believe the Bible?
Does absolute truth exist, or is it relative?
Who’s to say the Bible is correct and other “holy books” are incorrect?
Does what’s right or wrong differ according to different cultures?

Join special guest Dr. Voddie Baucham as he examines what comprises a biblical worldview and challenges us to know what we believe, why we believe it, and how to communicate it effectively.

More information and registration: http://www.keswick.com.au/#/autumn-2014

Toowoomba – 16th of April at 7pm – Eastgate Bible Church

For more information contact Owen Nugent: onugent82@optusnet.com.au

Brisbane – 17th of April – Hope Christian Church

For more information contact Craig Ireland: craig@hopechristianchurch.com.au

Melbourne – 19th of April, 8:30am to 3:30pm – Family Driven Faith

The Family Driven Faith Conference is a life changing event for families. There is true liberation in knowing that the gospel offers hope for our homes. In an age when men don’t know the first thing about being husbands and fathers’ and women are confused about their roles as wives and mothers, there is a need for clarity and truth.

God’s word is not silent on these issues. This conference offers sound, biblical, gospel-centered help and hope for those desiring to lead their families to walk in truth. Attendees are challenged, encouraged, equipped and renewed as they walk through the problem and the solution.

More information and registration: http://gracebiblechurch.org.au/events/voddie-baucham/

Sydney – 20th of April (Sunday Worship Service 11am & 6pm) – St Johns Park Baptist Church

For more information contact Todd Stanton: r.toddstanton@gmail.com

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 2 February 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting started: http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemption: http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/

 

AHE: Ministry of Education Forum 24 March 2014

Date: Monday, 24th March 2014 at 7pm.

Where: Ministry of Education, Level 3, Eden 5 Building, 12-18 Normanby Rd, Mt Eden

Thinking about home education? Concerned about writing your exemption or just new to home education? Currently Home Educating and want to stay informed?

The Exemption Process – The Ministry’s Perspective
a forum presented by the Ministry of Education
in association with Auckland Home Educators Inc

We are pleased and fortunate to have additional speakers for this MoE Forum: Mary deBeer, and Sandra Frakes.
Both are experienced Educational Psychologists who will be discussing some features of Dyslexia as well as some practical strategies both in support of the student and supportive teaching strategies for students with Dyslexia. They also have copies of a comprehensive teacher resource that parents can take with them. There will also be time for your questions and concerns.

Cost: AHE Members – free / Non-AHE Members – $3 per person (please bring correct cash)

This Forum aims to clarify the process involved.
Be guided through the application document by the staff who handle them.
Gain knowledge to write yours with confidence or help others to prepare theirs.
Primary, secondary and special needs considerations will be covered along with various approaches right through from ACE to unschooling.

Registrations close at midnight Thursday 21 March.

Please register only if you can commit to being there. Government building security means an attendance list must be supplied in advance. Avoid the embarrassment and disappointment of being denied entry if you are not on that list! Building doors will be unmanned after 7.10 pm so entry will be unavailable after that – no exceptions!
To register, email govtliaison@ahe.org.nz (please note the two ‘i’s in liaison) with “AHE MoE Forum” in the Subject Header

On line registrations are found here: https://docs.google.com/a/ahe.org.nz/forms/d/1Q4zsDCfRoTv7sDUw4dz35cvz7ex3we0SFwz9RetrZEs/viewform

Booking is validated once a confirmation email has been received (approximately 48 hours.)

Family Name:           First Name/s:
Suburb:                       Home Phone:                                                Mobile:
E-mail:                        AHE Member: Yes / No / I am applying
http://www.aucklandhomeeducators.org.nz/join-us/

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 2 February 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting started: http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemption: http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading/