December 25, 2014

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The education of a best-selling teenage author


In 2008, author Christopher Paolini posed with his book “Brisingr,” the third  in his four-novel “Inheritance Cycle” series. He is standing at his home in Paradise Valley, Montana. (AP Photo/David Grubbs)

When Christopher Paolini was 15 years old, he started writing a novel that eventually was titled “Eragon,” the first in a four-book series that became known as the “Inheritance Cycle.” He spent two years writing and then rewriting the story and a third year traveling around the country promoting the self-published book before an established author, Carl Hiaasen, read it and had it published by Alfred A. Knopf.  How did he manage to do all this and get an education too? In the following post, his mother, Talita Paolini, explains. Talita Paolini trained and worked as a Montessori preschool teacher. She and her husband, Kenneth, homeschooled their two children. Many parents asked Talita for advice, so she recorded the Paolini Method in a series of articles and books. You can read about it here. She currently resides with her husband and children in Paradise Valley, Montana. On her website, the 30-year-old Christopher Paaolini is quoted as saying:

“People often ask how I was able to write Eragon at the age of fifteen. Well, the credit has to go to my parents, and specifically my mom, who is a trained teacher. She started to educate my sister and me when we were very young, first with games and other fun projects and later with more formal lessons. Without her system of instruction, none of our professional success would have been possible. I was incredibly fortunate to have been educated with these methods, and I firmly believe that children everywhere can benefit from them.”

Read what Talita Paolini writes here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/11/10/the-education-of-a-best-selling-teenage-author/

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Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years 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 startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://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

When worksheets don’t work

A wonderful article on finding out our children’s learning styles:

by on December 16, 2014
in a mom’s education · 21 Comments

 

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Written by Shawna Wingert of Not The Former Things

I have a confession to make.

This may sound a little crazy, but when I was in school, I actually enjoyed completing worksheets. It didn’t matter the subject, whether it was fill-in-the-blank or circle-the-correct -answer, I loved them.

There was something about the promise, as I would write my name in the upper left hand corner (because, of course), that this worksheet would be complete — all the lines filled in, the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed – this worksheet would show how much I “knew.”

Fast-forward about 25 years to when I started homeschooling my own two sons, and not much had changed. I still loved the worksheets. I wanted my sons to love the worksheets.

I wanted them to see the ease and brilliance of just following the directions, and then moving on with your day.

But they didn’t see the brilliance. And the ease? For both of my children, worksheets are suffocating and tedious at best, and a reminder of how difficult some of their special needs are at worst.

I wish I could say I learned my lesson quickly. I wish I could say that I was easily able to walk away from all those check-for-understandings and fill-in-the-blanks, but I didn’t. In fact, to this day, I find myself inexplicably drawn to the section in Barnes and Noble that has all the workbooks by subject and by grade — Every. Single. Time.

The reality that I have come to accept, and have even learned to enjoy sometimes, is that the way I learn, is dramatically different than the way my children learn.

And, the way my oldest son learns (who was reading at 3 ½ without me doing a thing – don’t be jealous or roll your eyes yet …), is dramatically different than the way my youngest son (who is approaching 9, has been diagnosed with profound dyslexia and a processing disorder, and still sometimes forgets how to form the letters in his own name) learns.

So, what does our educational life beyond worksheets look like these days?

Be sure to read the rest of this article on what their educational life beyond worksheets looks like these days here: http://simplehomeschool.net/worksheets

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Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years 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 startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://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

Tedd Tripp Tour March 2015

More information about the Tedd Tripp tour of New Zealand from Erena:

Hi Barbara

Below is the information about the Tedd Tripp tour of NZ. Dr Tripp was booked approximately four years ago to come to NZ for this speaking tour and will continue on to tour Australia afterwards.

While not specifically for home educators, these events will be of interest to many home educating families because Dr Tripp is so well known. The Auckland and Christchurch conferences include our ever popular ‘teen track’ with topics specifically geared to that audience. All events are from a Christian perspective but anyone is welcome to attend. Bookings are now open.

If you could forward to any homeschooling groups, that would be wonderful as several events have limited numbers.

Kind regards,

Erena Fussell

The ‘Shepherding the Heart Tour NZ’ aims, with the help of God and the faithful service of volunteers, to bless others in 2015 through the teaching ministry of Tedd and Margy Tripp.

www.shepherdingthehearttour.co.nz

New Zealand Speaking Tour

March, 2015

Dr Tedd Tripp and his wife, Margy, are coming to New Zealand in 2015!

In an age of countless parenting philosophies and theories, you can’t afford to miss hearing solid biblical teaching on this vitally important area. As a senior Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Pennsylvania, Dr Tripp has limited speaking engagements around the world so this will likely be his one and only trip ‘downunder.’

Tedd TrippPastor Tripp is the author of the book, “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” and co-author, along with his wife, Margy, of the book “Instructing a Child’s Heart.” Margy is also a sought after speaker at women’s events. The Tripps will be holding a number of seminars, talks and other events around the country during their time in New Zealand. Auckland and Christchurch conferences have a full teen programme.

For further information about the various events being hosted in New Zealand or to book, feel free to contact us:

P| 06 8766079 or 0274 790002

E| shepherdingthehearttournz@gmail.com

W| www.shepherdingthehearttour.co.nz

Find us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/shepherdingthehearttournz

About the Speaker

Ted Tripp1Dr. Tedd Tripp is Senior Pastor Emeritus of Grace Fellowship Church since his retirement as Senior Pastor after 29 years of service.  He was married to Margy in 1968.  They have three adult children and nine grandchildren.  Tedd is a graduate of Geneva College, B.A. in History, Philadelphia Theological Seminary, M. Div., and Westminster Theological Seminary, D. Min. with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling.

Tedd is the author of the popular child-rearing book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Shepherding a Child’s Heart Parent’s Handbook and co-author with Margy of Instructing a Child’s Heart.

Tedd continues to serve as an elder of Grace Fellowship Church.  Before seminary Tedd worked as a contractor and in industry.  Tedd and Margy founded Immanuel Christian School in 1979 where Tedd has served as a teacher and administrator.  Tedd is ICS Board Chairman Emeritus.  From 1985-1997 Tedd served as a counselor in the Lehigh Valley office of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.  Since 1994 Tedd has maintained an extensive ministry as a conference speaker and presenter of Shepherding a Child’s Heart Seminars.  His books and video and audio materials are used throughout the world.

Here’s what people are saying about Shepherding the Heart materials and seminars –

  • Tedd Tripp offers solid, trustworthy, biblical help for parents. – Rev. John MacArthur
  • What struck me most is the way he illustrates behavior and heart. – Seminar attendee
  • Every opportunity for correction is an opportunity to talk about grace. - Seminar attendee
  • Dr Tripp’s material on parenting is the clearest, most biblically framed, and most helpful that I have ever encountered. – Dr Edward Welch
  • Tedd Tripp knows what he is talking about and who he is talking to. He knows children, he knows parents…and he knows the ways of God.” – Dr David Powlinson

Ted Tripp IntineraryFor more information about the Ministry of Dr Tedd and Margy Tripp, visit www.shepherdingtheheart.org

Underwritten by:

Firelight Foundation

A: 704 Matai Street, Raureka, Hastings

P: 06 8766 079

M: 0274 790002

E: shepherdingthehearttournz@gmail.com

W: www.shepherdingthehearttour.co.nz

Light the fire…

More information: Sheperding the Heart NZ Tour March 2015

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Please share/forward this link with others

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Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years 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 startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://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

School’s out, this time forever

NAOMI ARNOLD

KNOWLEDGE WAVE: Takaka mother Charlotte Squire and her son, Kahu Marsh.KNOWLEDGE WAVE: Takaka mother Charlotte Squire and her son, Kahu Marsh.

For a while, Takaka writer and mother Charlotte Squire thought unschooling children meant “doing sweet FA about their education”. That was until she tried it.

It happened after her 5-year-old son Kahu Marsh came home from school one day and announced: “Mum, I figured out how to make the teacher happy. I just have to shut up.”

“That wasn’t what I wanted for him,” Squire says.

So she brought him home and let him discover what he wanted to learn. For Kahu, that included such mysteries as skateboarding, Frisbee, and Auckland. Adults around him knew what he was interested in and helped him out with each – Kahu would do things like finding out about Frisbee aerodynamics and write about how he had played with it that day.

Squire says her son’s emotional development has particularly benefited from their experiment, something that was as important to her as his academic success.

“It’s really nice how confident he is in himself, how sure of himself he is, and how eager he is to learn, because I didn’t force him to learn stuff he found boring,” she says.

“I’m happy about who I see emerging from that style of education.”

She’s especially glad that Kahu came to reading at his own pace – after a slow start, he’s now an avid bookworm.

In pockets all over the country, parents are keeping their children at home and letting them find out about the world themselves, a process they say is the best way to ensure a lifelong love of learning.

The late American educator John Holt came up with the term unschooling based on a philosophy that children are natural sponges and will enjoy learning more if they can follow what they’re curious about, on their own timetable. Other names for essentially the same concept are are experience-based learning, independent learning, hackschooling, project-based child-led learning, or natural learning.

Most of these philosophies agree that the child’s entire life makes up their education, seamlessly, 24 hours a day.

Although the continuum of home-based alternative education varies widely from a Correspondence School curriculum at one end to completely free-range kids at the other, unschooling is different from regular homeschooling in that it generally involves kids directing what, when, and how they learn, with their parents there to facilitate it.

Because they learn at their own pace, there is no course work, timetables, or need for exams to compare them with others. With their love of learning left intact, and the ability to focus and work independently established early, unschooling’s proponents say that children are equipped to learn whatever they need to for the rest of their lives, and credit it in particular with developing an entrepreneurial spirit.

The Ministry of Education doesn’t keep figures on unschoolers, though homeschoolers make up 0.7 per cent of the total school population at last count, a figure that has stayed stable since 1998. Parents wanting to unschool their children must get the usual homeschooling exemption from the ministry, proving they have a plan and evidence that their children are receiving an education. Home-schooled children are able to attend university without NCEA qualifications, but have to complete either a bridging course or diploma to gain university entrance.

Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey says the ministry is reviewing homeschooling, and will communicate with the sector about its findings in February.

She says parents gaining an exemption certificate must satisfy the ministry that their child will be taught “at least as regularly and as well as at a registered school”.

“The exemption is from school, not from receiving an education,” she says. “Homeschoolers, including ones who defined themselves as ‘unschoolers’, need to provide evidence of a commitment to certain routines appropriate to the maturity level and abilities of the child.”

EXPLOSIVE DEVELOPMENT: Toby Hill of Foxton makes his own firecrackers to sell at a local market.

SIMON NEALE/Fairfax NZ

EXPLOSIVE DEVELOPMENT: Toby Hill of Foxton makes his own firecrackers to sell at a local market.

That might include a specific timetable for a typical week, and parents intending to home-school also need to communicate what their proposed curriculum is for teaching, learning and assessment, and how it will cover different subject areas.

“We do have a number of homeschoolers who say they are ‘unschoolers’ who successfully meet our criteria for a structured education. We don’t have figures on how many homeschoolers fall into this category,” Casey says.

After approval, parents have to visit a JP every six months to confirm they are still homeschooling their child, although children taught at home aren’t required to take part in national standards or NCEA.

UNSCHOOL PROJECT: Toby at home with mother Alice Kleinsman, father Duncan Hill and sister Ina.

SIMON NEALE/Fairfax NZ

UNSCHOOL PROJECT: Toby at home with mother Alice Kleinsman, father Duncan Hill and sister Ina.

One of the strongest areas for unschooling in the country is Kapiti-Horowhenua-Manawatu, where Hearthland Educators has about 30 families practising the idea. Foxton father Duncan Hill, however, prefers the term “natural learning”. Hill and his partner Alice Kleinsman are both trained teachers, and from their experience in the education system have decided on a more holistic approach for their three children – Toby, 10, Ina, 16, and Ben, 19.

They wanted to give them the freedom to learn what they were inspired to, when they wanted to, based on a plan and goals outlined at the beginning of the year, following their interests: rivers, camping, iPads, swimming, mountains, family, tools, robots, Spanish. “We see ourselves as setting up the environment for those things to happen as much as they can,” Hill says. They do not mind what their children learn: “They call the shots as to the direction of their lives.”

Kerikeri’s Nitya Nixon juggles running her business, Nature Body, with taking care of daughter Sarai, nearly 6. She has just filled out the Ministry of Education application for the homeschooling exemption, though says their unschooling process has been happening since Sarai’s birth. She’s confident it’s the right choice for her daughter, who she says “is not a conformist”.

“There’s no ‘should’ in unschooling, which is amazing for us,” Nixon says. “As she grew up we saw her interests and how she liked to learn, and her education came naturally from knowing her. She doesn’t like sitting at a desk for too long, and we didn’t think traditional school would suit her.

“In school so many teachers are fantastic and try so hard and some kids love it and do really well. But other kids have such a different learning style and it doesn’t fit them.”

For her, unschooling is about following Sarai’s patterns, including what she is fascinated by at the time – currently dancing, the outdoors, chickens, eggs, and chicks – while providing further opportunities and resources, including play with Kerikeri Homeschoolers and Far North Homeschoolers.

“We get to be here while she’s figuring out all this cool stuff in life without any coercion or tests or worrying about comparisons to anybody else,” Nixon says. “The learning just happens when they’re interested in it. It’s really exciting for me to sit back and watch it.”

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/64094400/Schools-out-this-time-forever

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Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years 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 startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://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

Sheperding the Heart NZ Tour March 2015

Shepherding the Heart Tour NZ

New Zealand Speaking Tour

Heart White

March, 2015 

Tour Itinerary

Auckland:

Fri 20th (evening) & Sat 21st March – Auckland Conference [including separate Teen Track]

Book now for the Auckland Conference!

 Mon 23rd March – Pastoral Leadership Day with Dr Tedd and Margy Tripp:

Book now for the Pastoral Leadership Day!

Heart White

Palmerston North:

Tues 24th (evening) & Wed 25th March – Palmerston North Conference

Book now for the Palmerston North Conference

Heart White

Hawke’s Bay:(in Hastings)

Thurs 26th March – Men’s Breakfast with Dr Tedd Tripp;

‘Women in the Word’ seminar with Margy Tripp;

Book now for the Men’s Breakfast or ‘Women in the Word’ Seminar

An evening with Dr Tedd Tripp – Free Event

(no registration required but freewill offering taken on the night)

Heart White

Christchurch:

Fri 27th (evening) & Sat 28th March – Christchurch Conference  [including separate Teen Track]

Book now for the Christchurch Conference

Sun 29th March - Dr Tripp preaches at Bishopdale Reformed Church – (no registration required)

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Resources

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The Shepherding the Heart NZ Tour is underwritten and run entirely by volunteers. If you would like to help out with the tour in any way, please email shepherdingthehearttournz@gmail.com

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

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Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years 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 startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://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

Next Steps deadline 8 December 2014

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“Next Steps” from the MoE

Feed back due in by 8 December 2014 – see link above

Three more days left for getting our feedback into the MoE on the “Next Steps” of the Scoping Survey. You can put in feedback whether you filled out a survey or not. If you missed filling out the Scoping Survey and wanted to have a say then now is your opportunity.

There are some things that I am not happy with in the “next steps”. These are things that home educators have asked for so we need to respect the fact that some home educators want the things mentioned. A couple of the things: access to testing, and getting an exemption at 5 etc. While we have the current National MoE staff it wont be a problem. But in years to come with new National MoE staff and staff wanting more control we could see testing, exemptions at age 5 etc becoming compulsory – the old foot in the door thing. We, as home educators, have asked for it – it becomes part of the policy then in years to come, with new staff, becomes compulsory. We need to watch this closely – the tyranny of the small steps.

(Some people asked to be able to get their exemption during the 5th year to take the pressure off getting the exemption by the time the child turns 6 – if the MoE brings in “Justified Absense” while getting our exemptions then this will not be an issue any more. Others wanted the exemption for their 5 year olds so that they could get the Supervisory Allowance during the child’s 5th year.)

Some things left out of the “Next Steps”

1.  The length of time it takes to get an exemption.  In the past we often heard back in 4-6 days. Suggestion for the future: Encourage the local MoE offices to process our exemption applications much more quickly than is happening in some regions. (If the MoE brings in “Justified Absense” while getting our exemptions then this will not be an issue any more.)

2. Staff training – The “Next Steps” talked a lot about the MoE relationships with home educators and that they don’t understand the different philosophies etc, but it didn’t address the need for the MoE staff to be thoroughly trained in the different philosophies of home education.

Some concerns

1. “The application form should ask for children’s strengths and weaknesses and what work will be done to address the weaknesses”

It is hard to believe that home educators asked for this. I don’t think that we should be having to write about our children’s weakness – all children have weakness in some form or another. One of the reasons a lot of people pull their children out of school is because their child/ren’s weaknesses are not being addressed. I would think that we, as parents, would be far more interested in helping our children with their weaknesses. And what are our children’s weaknesses? Because of the personalities of our children we see this as different for each child. Some children naturally begin to read at 4 or 5 while others don’t find reading easy until 10 or 11. Many of us do not want to force our (usually) sons to read at 6 when they will pick up reading easily at 10 or 11.

2. The MoE holding group seminars or free workshops for home educators. I think it is much better that we, home educators, put on the seminars and workshops rather than the MoE doing this for home educators. We can ask the MoE to the seminars and workshops that we put on for home educators. Then we can address any issues we are not happy with that the MoE have mentioned but it will be difficult to do this at the MoE events.

3. ID cards – we need to communicate better about these. Home educators can get ID cards from some home education support groups and from NCHENZ.

Some new thoughts/ideas

Is part time home education and part time school something that interests you? In a Facebook page there has been discussion about this so I mentioned that this is something that has not been talked about in the “next steps” that the MoE is going through with home educators. It would seem that no-one mentioned it during the Red Tape Cluster Buster meetings nor in the Scoping Survey. So now is the opportunity to talk about it with the MoE.  Feel free to write about this whether you answered the Scoping Survey or not. It has been missed by most of us but thankfully it can be picked up on now with the MoE. So please write about your situations and explain why it would be good to have “one day school”, flexischooling, 50/50 home education and school or whatever would be best for your situation depending on your situation. This is of concern for those who have parents who are divided about home education. So a compromise could be a good answer with some time at school and some time at home. This is particularly so when there has been a separation and the children spend part of the week with each parent.

I have three issues related to asking for more money.

1.  What concerns me is the tyranny of the small steps. They give us more money in the first instance, then slowly over time make more and more demands (using a Government approved curriculum, immunisations etc) on us to be able to keep getting the money. Once we get more money we become dependant on it, so then think we can’t home educate without it.

2.  “Who owns the children” – well no-one does, we, the parents, have been given the role of protecting them and nurturing them certainly not the Government. But the Government acts like they own them – more and more. So if we ask for more money then that is only confirming in the Government’s minds that they own our children.

3. At the moment we are saving the Government heaps of money by home educating our children. While we are saving the MoE money they might be more tolerant of us wanting to keep our children out of their schools. If they end up increasing the Supervisory Allowance then it could become more difficult for us to home educate

Remember the letter said “Your feedback, along with that from other key stakeholders (such as our regional staff), will directly inform our thinking on possible improvements to home schooling”. So this giving them the weaknesses of our children I hope did not come from home educators. It must have come from “other key stakeholders”. Now this is just their summary. I am not too worried about it although I will write in about the things that concern me. It is how they will use this which is more interesting. What will they include and what will they leave out? Perhaps we will begin to see that in February. If they miss out key things we have mentioned and put in things we don’t want then we will have to have a strategy on how to deal with it all – a massive writing campaign etc.

Please get your feedback into the MoE by Monday 8 December 2014.

“Next Steps” from the MoE

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Links:
-Home Education Foundation letter which covers exemption form, beneficiaries, International home educators and Keystone.

MoE/ERO issues

Changes in the MoE

MoE discussions introduction to the Red Tape Cluster Buster meetings

Preparation for the MoE discussions with Red Tape Cluster Buster meetings andrelevant for the Problem Scoping Survey
- Discussions home educators had online at Clutter buster group or (for ease of reading as not everyone can get onto the Google docs) here…http://hef.org.nz/coming-events-archives-2012/red-tape-cluster-buster/ (Also a lot of very good information to aid you in filling out the Problem Scoping Survey)

Record of Progress and Achievement (an example of the new National MoE office staff understanding home educators)

Truancy and the Home Schooler/Home Educator (another success with the National Office in that Megan showed us alternatives)

Scoping Meeting 15 July 2014 – Getting to know you

2nd Meeting 28 July 2014 – Red Tape Cluster Buster Meeting

MoE scoping Home Educators – email

Feedback Form (Problem Scoping Survey) on MoE website

Email to the MoE about the Scoping Survey from a Home Educator

Problem Scoping Survey: ideas and deadline

MoE’s reply to Yumiko’s email about the Scoping Survey

MoE Problem Scoping Survey: please make it known and fill it out

The last of Craig Smith’s writings before he died 3 years ago

MoE Problem Scoping Survey

- Home Education Foundation’s Problem Scoping Survey

- Scoping Survey: Barbara Smith

- Problem Scoping Survey – Update

- Letter to MoE re Scoping Survey 7 October 2014

- Scoping Survey: Long term plans for our personal “survey/email”

- “Next Steps” from the MoE

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

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Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years 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 startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://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

Special: So Much More

So Much More By Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin

Hardback (333 pages)

Normally $40.00 on special until 24 December $26.00

Postage $4.00

This book is not another Christian-teenage-girl “survival guide.” So Much More shows how Christian girls can wage war with the world and win. The Botkin sisters focus on how young women can rise above their God-hating culture and change it for the better.

Today, countless young ladies face difficult problems and challenging questions. While many long for godly purpose in their lives, their bewilderment mounts when they observe broken homes, distant fathers, overwhelmed mothers, degrading college courses, and a lack of spiritual guidance both at home and at church. As hope for security and stability fades, it is no wonder that many young ladies feel orphaned, unprotected, and without hope for their futures.

Within the pages of this book, discover practical, biblical solutions for the young woman who wants to do so much more than just “survive” in a savagely feministic, anti-Christian culture. Find the answers a girl is not likely to get from her church, her peers, or her culture.

To order do one of the following:

send email to sales@hef.org.nz with visa number

post cheque or visa number to 4 Tawa Street, Palmerston North, 4414

phone 06 357-4399

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

Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years 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 startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://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

 

2015 Summer Getaway!

From the organisers of the Christian Homeschoolers Family Summer Getaway:

13 – 15 FEB 2015

FAMILY SUMMER GETAWAY

Here is the information on the next, Getaway so feel free to pass it around to anyone and everyone.  They can be ‘retired’ home educators, ‘graduated’ home educators, or ‘current’ home educators. or those looking into home education  Don’t forget to book your spot too.
The annual Christian Homeschoolers Family Summer Getaway is for Christian homeschooling families to connect with other families for mutual encouragement and friendship.
There’s nothing more encouraging than knowing we are not alone in this awesome task of discipling our children at home. Meeting with others who are going through the same triumphs and struggles can lift a tired soul! And how important it is, for our children to have like- minded friends.

This is a getaway for the whole family. Enjoy a weekend away or extend your time at the campsite and have a family holiday as well.  This is not a camp/conference in the traditional sense, it is families relaxing together. Raising a family on a single income is no easy task but God is faithful. So being mindful of this, we have chosen to go to a conventional campsite. There are limited cabins available also. We will let you organise your own family’s food which is much cheaper than paying someone else to cook it and you can meet your own budget requirements.

We have a programme of fun games and activities for the young and not so young, and of course, we are camped right on the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo for swimming, boating, etc! We have a hall on site for fellowship, Sunday morning devotional, or in case it rains.

What’s happening …

The annual Christian Homeschoolers Family Summer Getaway is for Christian homeschooling families to connect with other families for mutual encouragement and friendship. It aims to be …

Like-minded

There’s nothing more encouraging than knowing we are not alone in this awesome task of discipling our children at home. Meeting with others who are going through the same triumphs and struggles can lift a tired soul! And how important it is, for our children to have like-minded friends.

Family-centred

This is a getaway for the whole family. Enjoy a weekend away or extend your time at the campsite and have a family holiday as well. This is not a camp/conference in the traditional sense, it is families

Relaxing together

Budget-conscious

Raising a family on a single income is no easy task but God is faithful. So being mindful of this, we have chosen to go to a conventional campsite. There are limited cabins available also. We will let you organise your own family’s food which is much cheaper than paying someone else to cook it and you can meet your own budget
requirements.

Fun-filled

We have a programme of fun games and activities for the young and not so young, and of course, we are camped right on the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo for swimming, boating, etc! We have a hall on site for fellowship, Sunday morning devotional, or in case it rains.

FRIDAY

7:00 pm Meet in function room, introduce each family

8:00 pm Supper

SATURDAY

9:30 am Games for all who choose to participate

10:30 am Morning Tea

11:15 pm More Games

12:30 pm Lunch Break

1:30 pm Free time for swimming, fellowshipping, sightseeing, etc

6:00 pm Shared BBQ dinner by function room

7:00 pm Free time/board games in function room/swimming

SUNDAY  Please pack up your cabin by 10am

10.00 am Devotional Hour – some singing and some sharing

11:30 am Final pack up of tents etc and last swim at lake

Any questions?

Murray & Sharon Drinnan

evergreen@farmside.co.nz

I am a companion of all who fear You, and of those who keep Your precepts

- Psalm 119:63

To register …To book your camping requirements:

  • Go to www.motuterebay.co.nz
  • Choose your preferred camping choice. Arrival time – 2:00pm onwards
  • Friday, 13 Feb 2015. Departure time – 11:30am Sunday, 15 Feb 2015.
  • Book directly with the camp for the weekend of 13-15 Feb 2015. Mention that you are with the Christian Homeschoolers Family Summer Getaway.
  • You are responsible for your deposit payment, and on arriving at camp, all outstanding payments.
  • Tent sites are priced $18.00 per person over 14yrs. Children 5-14yrs $9.00. Under 5yrs $5.00. A limited number of cabins and flats are available. Prices are subject to change, please see website.
  • Day visitors are welcome for Saturday. Cost: half price of tent site prices. Book directly with the camp. Mention that you are with the Christian Homeschoolers Family Summer Getaway. Please park in the visitors carpark and you are required to depart by 9:00pm.
  • Please note that the showers and laundry facilities are coin operated. If you have any queries about the camp facilities, please ask them directly.
  • Check out the website, it is a beautiful place to camp!
To register for the Christian Homeschoolers Family Summer Getaway:

  • Send an email stating your intention to attend either the whole weekend or as day visitors on Saturday, and the number of adults and children, with their ages, to: evergreen@farmside.co.nz
  • To cover the cost of hall hireage and games, pay $20 per family, via internet banking to: 03 0463 0404538 00 Please put ‘FSGetaway’ and your name in the details.
  • You are responsible for preparing and bringing your own food, cutlery, plates, washing up, etc, for all your meals. The camp has very good kitchen facilities. For the Saturday night shared BBQ, bring your own meat and drinks for your family, and two plates of food (salads, potato dishes, for example) to share. We will provide a gas BBQ to cook the meat on.
  • Please do not bring any alcohol to the Getaway.
  • You are responsible for the supervision, care, and behaviour of your own children.
  • You are responsible for all your camping needs e.g. tents, bedding, etc.
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From the Smiths: http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years 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 startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://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

MoE 2014 Home Education Statistics

Homeschooling

Summary

This index page provides links to data on homeschooling.

As at 1 July 2014, there were 5,555 home schooled students recorded in the Ministry of Education’s Homeschooling database. These students belong to 2,862 families and represent 0.7% of total school enrolments as at 1 July 2014. Out of the 5,555 homeschoolers 65% were the aged 12 or under, 66% had been home-schooled for less than 5 years, and only 4% had been home-schooled for 10 years or more.

European/Pakeha students are more likely to be homeschooled than any other ethnic group with 83% of all Homeschoolers identifying as European/Pakeha compared to 53% of the total school population. Only 7% of Homeschoolers identify as Maori compared to 23% of the total school population, and 2% of identify as Pasifika compared to 10% of the total school population. The ethnicity of 3% of homeschoolers is unknown.

The chart below provides a number of downloads relating to the number of students in Homeschooling.

Downloads File Size & Type
 Microsoft Excel Icon Number of Students by Time Series 1998-2014 [MS Excel 103KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Number of Students by Student Gender, Ethnic Group & Age 1998-2014 [MS Excel 80KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Number of Students by Student Gender, Ethnic Group & Duration 1998-2014 [MS Excel 81KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Number of Students by Student Gender, Ethnic Group & Ethnicity 1998-2014 [MS Excel 50KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Number of Students by Student Gender, Ethnic Group & Regional Council 1998-2014 [MS Excel 90KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Number of Students by Student Gender, Ethnic Group & Territorial Authority 1998-2014 [MS Excel 280KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Number of Students by Duration & Regional Council 1998-2014 [MS Excel 81KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Number of Students by Duration & Territorial Authority 1998-2014 [MS Excel 261KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Number of Students by Student Age & Regional Council 1998-2014 [MS Excel 80KB]
 Microsoft Excel Icon Number of Students by Student Age & Territorial Authority 1998-2014 [MS Excel 253KB]

More information here: http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/statistics/schooling/homeschooling

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

Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years 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 startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://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

“Next Steps” from the MoE

Here are the “Next Steps” from the National Office of the MoE. Please note that our comments need to received by the MoE by 5pm Monday 8 December 2014.

To Home Educators,

Thank you for your feedback in October on what is and is not working well with home schooling.  It has helped us identify possible areas for improvement and to learn more about what is working well for you.

We all have a shared interest in supporting positive education outcomes for children.  Your feedback, along with that from other key stakeholders (such as our regional staff), will directly inform our thinking on possible improvements to home schooling.

I have attached  feedback_summary_letter and  Feedback_Summary for your consideration a summary of the feedback we received.  Please tell us if we have missed anything – the deadline for any additional comments is 5pm Monday 8 December and is to be sent to home.schooling@minedu.govt.nz.

Once we have finalised your feedback, we will consider what improvements we are able to make.  I will be in contact with you in February 2015 regarding these.

Kind Regards,

Jim Greening

Group Manager, Schools & Student Support

Ministry of Education | Te T?huhu o te M?tauranga
www.minedu.govt.nz

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

Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years 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 startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://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

Hamilton Education Information Evening

Doctor’s sex quiz shocks mother

JESS MCALLEN

The mother of a 12-year-old boy whose doctor asked him if he was sexually active, watched porn or was having suicidal thoughts is outraged her husband was asked to leave the room during the questioning.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, says her son was shocked and her husband appalled when the GP asked the husband to leave so he could ask the boy what she described as “totally inappropriate” questions.

“The health issue was regarding a personal area, so we thought it was just carrying on about that,” she said.

The GP was following a protocol dubbed a HEEADSSS assessment – which stands for Home environment, Education and employment, Eating, peer-related Activities, Drugs, Sexuality, Suicide/depression and Safety from injury and violence. It is used as a tool to screen youth who may be at risk.

The boy had previously had trouble sleeping and didn’t like crowds, but his mother is questioning whether the topics covered were appropriate.

“Why do they have to sexualise our children? Why did we not have this topic discussed with us before we consented? We had a right to know.”

Her complaint to the Health and Disability Commissioner was unsuccessful on the basis that the boy’s father had given permission. However, she said he would never have consented had he known what his son was going to be asked.

“We felt violated. The doctor had gone into areas of his life that he should not have gone into. Certainly not without the consent of his dad.

“There are some 12-year-olds having sex, but some of us choose not to sexualise our children. We want children to be children and their innocence to be there.”

Youthline’s Stephen Bell said that although it’s ideal to have families on board, sometimes they can be a risk.

Youthline, a counselling service for youth, uses the HEEADSSS assessment as a guideline to understand what’s happening with a young person. It’s not necessarily done in the first meeting, said Bell, and is about pacing and matching where the young person is.

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners said HEEADSSS is a good example of a screening tool.

“The college does not explicitly endorse many screening tools [aside from the ABC alcohol screening tool] and our expectation is that if a doctor chooses to use a screening tool they need to make sure it is relevant, used appropriately and its use is supported by evidence,” a spokesperson said.

A guideline to the assessment recommends parents do not sit in because it can limit how much sensitive information the patient will provide.

Read article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/63244134/Doctors-sex-quiz-shocks-mother

Comments by Bob McCoskrie of Family First New Zealand:

The problem with the programme and the attitude from groups like Youthline is the basic presumption that children and young people need to be fully aware of every adult concept that we can throw at them, and parents are one of the biggest barriers to young people developing the way they need to. That is completely false. It also continues the ‘war’ on parents in terms of telling parents how to raise and discipline their children, the ‘rights of children’ taking precedence over the important role of parents, parental notification laws for teen abortions, and ‘confidentiality’ being used because of the perceived ‘risk’ of parents.
This programme may be warranted and necessary for a family where it’s known that the parents are dysfunctional and the child are at-risk, but in the case of this family, that was not the case.
Any parents of a 12 year old would be horrified by being excluded from this process involving invasive questions such as ‘have you had obsessions about sex, does homeschooling teach you anything about sex, have you had sex and be sure to always do it with someone you love.’
Questions in the guideline also include “are your sexual activities enjoyable?, how many sexual partners have you had?” Even the questions around depression and suicide may be inappropriate and not suitable for certain ages.
It’s also contrary to guidelines. Under the Health Information Privacy Code parents do have a right of access to their children’s health information as long as the child is under 16.

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

Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years 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 startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://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