February 1, 2015

Latest posts from Home Education Foundation

Home Educating other people’s children and the exemption

I wrote to the National office to get the offical word on who needs to put in the exemption – the parent or the one home educating the child. I got back the answer that I was expecting.

My email to Lucy at the National MoE Office:

Dear Lucy

I have just received this email.

“I have a question about schooling a friend’s child and who applies for the exemption. My friend, wants to take his child out of school and has asked me if I could school this child along with my 2 children the same age. My question is, who applies for the exemption? Do I write it as I am the one planning and teaching or does he do it even though he will not be involved very much in the day to day schooling?”

We have had this in the past – infact we home educated someone else’s child for year as well. But I would like to get the official word from you on this (I guess from your legal department). I would think that the parent should put in the exemption application with a statement from the person doing the home educating as well.

Looking forward to hearing from you so that we know how to advise others in the future.

Lucy’s reply to me:

Just as I thought.

Hi Barbara,You are correct – The law requires the application to come from the parent regardless of whether or not they will be doing the educating, but the application will need to satisfy the Ministry as to the “at least as regularly and as well” requirement so will also require some input from the person actually doing the home educating. It is the parents responsibility to ensure the children are getting an education at least as regularly and as well as a registered school as that is what they declare to us in the statutory declaration.

Kind Regards,

Lucy Ambrose | Senior Advisor | Student Engagement

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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

 

AHE Annual Picnic – Celebrating Home Education

From AHE

Tug o War

Auckland Home Educators Inc has been building this annual get together since the year 2000 when it was originally “Not Going Back To School, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah!” Day. It’s held in early February and is now Auckland’s largest Unity in the Community get-together, drawing together families from across the Greater Auckland region and beyond. Largely in the form of a BYO picnic, a programme of activities for all ages has been incorporated over recent years.

Everyone’s welcome, and you’re encouraged to invite a partner, wider family, neighbours and supporters, if only for a short time.  Even sceptics can be persuaded to drop in to gain a better understanding of your community, all with the help of a huge third party! We’re constantly thrilled to see the relieved smiles on dad/grandma’s face when they see how many others enjoy this minority lifestyle! And remember to invite that someone you know who’s considering home education. So much networking goes on for both new and established families.

Where: One Tree Hill/Maungakiekie Domain (near Stardome Planetarium), 670 Manukau Road, Royal Oak, Auckland
When: Thursday 5 February, 10am – 2pm
What: BYO picnic, lots of enthusiasm and smiles.
Bring: Extended families, friends considering homeschooling, etc.
It’s a great networking opportunity, catch up with old friends from the greater part of Auckland and beyond.
Brought to you by Auckland Home Educators Inc

The site we book has a fabulous playground, including a great flying fox and push-along train. Teens also have a larger piece of ground in close (not too close!) proximity for some casual soccer/rugby/cricket fun. Of course, Cornwall Park is not just a beautiful tree-lined place to soak up some atmosphere. There’s the Stardome PlanetariumHuia Lodge which houses the Information Centre and Maungakiekie Education Centre (offering enlightening geological, archealogical and historical information and some great footage and photos), Acacia Cottage (Auckland’s oldest surviving building), One Tree Hill/Maungakiekie and so much more! Why not tag on a visit after the Celebration?

Our next annual picnic is Thursday 5 February 2015 from 10am-2pm.

For more information: AHE

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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

Wanganui MoE Office now processing exemptions

An email from Lucy Ambrose from the National Office of the MoE

Hi Barbara,
This is just a quick email to let you know that the Whanganui Office are now processing their own home education exemptions.

The details are:

Whanganui Office

Address for couriers and reception

Address for couriers and reception
93 Ingestre Street
Whanganui
Director of Education for Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu: Jann Marshall
Email enquiries.whanganui@minedu.govt.nz
Phone (06) 349 6300 | Fax (06) 349 6301

Postal address

Private Bag 3012
Whanganui 4540
DX Number: PX10045

I have not yet got a name of the person who will be doing the processing but will let you know when I do. I will be updating our website to reflect the changes as soon as possible.

Kind Regards,

Lucy Ambrose | Senior Advisor | Student Engagement

So anyone applying for an exemption in Taranaki, Wanganui and the Manawatu need to now send their exemption application to the Wanganui office.

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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

Moving and large home for sale

Greetings in the New Year of 2015.

Big changes are happening to us this year Lord Willing.4_Tawa_St_sm_001When I was so ill last year my Dr called my children home from overseas to say goodbye. As I slowly got better my children encouraged me to think about moving to Tasmania – to be near Charmagne. I was not ready for that and said that it was a nice idea and that I would think and pray about it as a long term option.  In the meantime Charmagne was keeping an eye on properties that might be suitable coming on the market.

The ideal property came up for sale last year. A block of land with a house and granny-flat which adjoins the Downes’ land was offered to Charmagne for me back in about September 2014 and offered at $50k less than it was being put on the market. However, I said that I was still not ready to move so the owner advertised through agents. Since then we have all thought a lot about this property which is still for sale and I began to feel I would regret it if I did not at least seriously consider this place as a potential future home. Eventually I came to think of this property as THE property that I should buy, so negotiations began in earnest.

I am able to give our official offer on February 9. https://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/tas/sale-residential/23-cordwell-road-franklin-southern/14140464891011?lid=169267869

23 cordwell Roadmap of land

In this bird’s eye view, the red boundary shows the property we are interested in. The light blue boundary is Josh’s parent’s property. The dark blue boundary is Josh and Charmagne’s property.

To be able to put in an offer on the Tasmanian place I need to sell 4 Tawa Street. So we have been going like crazy getting our home ready to sell. For the next couple of weeks I want to make 4 Tawa Street available to any friends who may be interested in it, if I don’t receive any acceptable offers I will then put it in the hands of an agent.

In many ways I don’t really want to move, however there are distinct advantages for us (Jedediah, Kaity, Grace and me) to move over to Tasmania.

  1.  To be near family in Tasmania and Victoria—especially grandchildren.
  2.  It will be much easier for me to visit Zach and his family in the States (yearly Lord willing—Zach puts money into an account every week towards my tickets) Charmagne will be able to look after the children I leave at home.
  3.  I will be on the land again. I grew up on the land (3.5k acres) and will finish my days on the land (9.9 acres)
  4.  Out of my 8 children only 2 sons will not be on the land once we move. My two youngest girls are looking forward to riding nearly every day. The combined properties have 5 horses and 3 ponies—the girls will enjoy helping to look after and ride them.

The Future:

I am looking forward to the extra family time I will be able to have with all my children—the young ones coming with me, my Australian and USA families. I plan to travel back to New Zealand on a regular basis. My younger children are adopted or under guardianship. We need to keep coming back to visit with their birth families.

Because I will be coming back to NZ on a regular basis and I still have one son in NZ I have decided to carry on with the Home Education Foundation especially while we are going through all the changes with the MoE and the National Library. I am trying to pass on all the experience I have to others, mostly on the internet—email and via FB. It is really encouraging to see so many younger people wanting to serve and help other home educators. So this is not goodbye. I will also be available to do workshops/meetings  on my return trips to New Zealand. I will be contactable via SKYPE/Facetime and I will try to get a cheap phone system so that I am available for phone calls.

So if you are interested in taking a look at 4 Tawa Street please contact me over the next couple of weeks—06 357-4399 or 021 0278 2221

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More on 4 Tawa Street, Palmerston North for those interested

A fantastic home for the large home educating family

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  • Home for the large family or
  • Home and Income or
  • Investment property or
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LOT 9 PT LOT 10 DP 9861                                                                                                          CT WN505/110                                                                                                                         Land size 900m2  (Freehold)                                                                                                    RV $335,000 as at 1/9/2012                                                                                                  Floor size 267m2                                                                                                                         Site cover 318m2  35.3%                                                                                                                  Rates $2876.47

Bed: main house 3-4, extra building up to 3, library could be a bedroom (8 potential bedrooms)
Bath: 1 spa bath
Toilet: 2
Lounge: 2
Garage: 2 car/van
Carport: 1
Character filled rooms
Much loved home built in 1944
Low maintenance grounds

Excellent location close to Russell Street Primary School, PN Boy’s High School, the Hospital, and the CBD.

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Features in the main house include three bedrooms and a study (currently used as a fourth bedroom), The dining and family room is open–plan to the lounge and kitchen. The rimu galley style kitchen with stainless steel bench-top and splash-back, stainless steel dishwasher and stainless steel double ovens, well equipped with lots of storage, two pantry cupboards and 12 power points. The lounge, with stunning matai flooring, fan, built in shelving and large cabinet has a large log fire which heats the whole home – no other heating required even on those cold winter nights. The bathroom boasts a spa bath, shower, toilet, and vanity. The house has a second toilet in the laundry. The whole house has been rewired in recent years and is insulated under floor as well as in the ceiling and walls with a heat transfer system to the master bedroom.  The main home has also been reroofed in recent years. The 3m by 3.6m conservatory opening off the kitchen/dining area looks to the Northeast soaking in all the morning sun and leads out to a covered porch with an abundant grape vine which is a fantastic area for outside entertaining and access from the garage to the house.

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The secondary building is a separate house which was moved to this property in 2004 and refurbished. It contains three smaller rooms and one very large room fitted with a heat pump and alarm. This building is ideal for a home office, rental, granny flat, boarders, etc. Each room has multiple power points and data points since being rewired and refitted a few years ago for use by a home business with several staff.

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The third independent structure is a fully insulated recreational room which has been lined, carpeted and is currently fitted out as a library, it has been used as a bedroom and sewing room in the past.

At the back of the library is a garden shed.

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There is also a large double garage with a large workshop accessible through the garage or by its own external door.

Behind the main house is a bike shed and a large wood shed with about 18 months supply of dry wood ready to be used.

This property is situated on the corner of a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded by good neighbours. It is a place well suited for pets and currently has a cat and 7 laying hens. The well established raised organic gardens are low maintenance for their size, with concrete paths and brick mowing strips for easy lawn upkeep. There are numerous fruit trees many of which are productive dwarf fruit trees, and a section of the front yard is devoted to a garden of native New Zealand plants.

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To see a lot more photos and for more information email me barbara@hef.org.nz if you are interested in our home.

More photos:  photos for promotional 240115

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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

Rising costs tipped to spur some struggling families to keep their children home from school.

Murali Annu and his wife, Avanthi, save what they can for the future education needs of their son Naren, 18 months, and daughter Nidhi, 4. Photo / Dean Purcell

Murali Annu and his wife, Avanthi, save what they can for the future education needs of their son Naren, 18 months, and daughter Nidhi, 4. Photo / Dean Purcell

Some children won’t return to school next week because their struggling families can’t afford to pay for basic items, says a budget adviser.

The prediction comes as a report calculates a state-provided “free” education for a child starting school this year will cost almost $35,000.

For a child born this year it will cost more than $37,000.

The peer-reviewed Planning for Education Index was compiled from a survey of more than 1000 members of ASG Education Programmes, who were asked about the cost of school fees, transport, uniforms, computers and school and sports trips.

Thirteen years of costs associated with a state school education would ultimately amount to $37,676 for children born this year — $17,499 by the end of primary school in 2027 and a further $20,177 by their high school graduation.

In other school systems, costs were far higher.

A primary and secondary education in the state-integrated system, beginning in 2020, would have cost nearly $108,000 by 2032 — while the average cost of private schooling until Year 13 was more than $323,000.

The growing costs of sending a child through the New Zealand school system were made clear when compared with the costs for a child starting school next week — $34,524 for state schooling, $93,251 for state-integrated schooling and $269,943 for private schooling.

The annual costs for a Year 1 student starting school next term would grow from $1976 in 2015 to $3781 by 2027.

Over the past decade, education costs in New Zealand had risen at 1.5 times the rate of headline inflation — and there was no reason costs would not keep rising, ASG Education Programmes chief John Velegrinis said.

Darryl Evans, chief executive of the Mangere Budgeting Services Trust, said the families his service assisted were well aware of the costs of schooling — yet they were not a priority for households struggling even to pay the rent.

“I know families that have already told us that they won’t be sending their kids back to school next week because they haven’t been able to buy uniforms, stationery and new shoes — because all the money is going on rent and food.”

Other families had been forced to hunt for $3 shoes in opportunity shops to save on school uniforms — and one mother had paid $273 for stationery and items for two children aged 11 and 5 (story continues after the graphic).

Schools Trustees Association president Lorraine Kerr was surprised by the increasing costs in ASG’s report, which she said low-income families would need to “squeeze more blood out of a stone” to meet.

The Ministry of Education has acknowledged costs of operating schools could increase in line with general inflation or wage pressures…

Last night, Education Minister Hekia Parata emphasised that all students between the ages of 5 and 19 were entitled to a free education, and parents could not be forced to pay donations. However, boards could ask for donations for extra activities or projects.

School is top priority

As a boy in India, Murali Annu received a first-class education because his parents made his schooling their priority.

Today, the sales analyst wants his own kids to get the same opportunity – but it’s not easy in a one-income rental household in Avondale…

“But for us, money is secondary to education,” he said. “I’m very thankful that my parents gave me a good education. On that basis, I got into the University of Auckland. But in a real sense I want to provide my children something better than I got.”

Read the whole article here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11390477

- NZ Herald

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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

Class Dismissed

Be among 1st in the world to see the world’s 1st feature-length documentary exploring the rapidly growing homeschool movement. To attend, click “join”, then buy your tix to this private screening here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1149730 Then invite others near Wellington to screening to attend by clicking the invite button and choosing your friends based near Wellington.

Short Synopsis: Frustrated with the traditional school system, a family in L.A. pulls their two kids out of school and takes their education into their own hands. Class Dismissed takes a fresh look at what it means to be educated in the 21st century and explores the rapidly growing movement of parents providing an education outside a classroom setting.

Christchurch: SOLD OUT

There may be a second Christchurch screening – keep an eye out for this

Around the World: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=zJ0ry40guulE.kWtmg54QeUWA

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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

National Library service changes 2015

Do you use the National Library? I would like to hear your comments about all of this. If you are able would you like to be a part of the discussions with the Home Education Foundation and the Library – see the last paragraph of the letter below:

National library of New Zealand Te Puna M?tauranga o Aotearoa

To whom it may concern

National Library Services to Schools Transformation Programme

I am writing to advise you that the National Library is transforming its services to schools in response to library and education directions. These changes will impact on home educators.

The National Library has developed a new vision statement for its Services to Schools, which is that “all young people will have access to effective and connected library services and library learning environments that support their development as readers and digitally literate learners”.

We will be moving to achieve our vision by implementing services with an increased emphasis on the priority areas of reading engagement, digital literacy and modern library learning environments. The changes are designed to make the best use of National Library expertise and value; reflect the factors research has proven to have the highest impact on student learning in the priority areas; and to take advantage of current education sector opportunities. The changes will also provide a sustainable path into the future for our services to schools.

You can find more information about the Services to Schools transformation programme on the frequently asked questions page of the Services to Schools website.

Changes to the curriculum topic print loan service

We will be developing and implementing new services over a four year period, commencing in July 2015. From term three 2015 a new print based reading engagement service will be introduced, replacing the current print curriculum topic service. The emphasis of the reading engagement service will be on supporting students to read for pleasure, as a foundation for learning achievement. The content of loans will be quality fiction and high interest non- fiction resources to support reading for pleasure.

Enhanced curriculum topic support will be available online via the Services to Schools website, with tools and curated content to support the delivery of the curriculum.

The reading engagement lending service and enhanced curriculum topic online service will both be available to home educators from term three 2015.

For terms one and two home educators will be able to get a curriculum topic loan as usual. They will need to put in a request  for this before 13 March 2015. They need to put in one request to cover both terms, and will receive the usual number of allocated books.

Any enquiries from home educators can be directed to s2stransformation@dia.govt.nz

Supporting home educators through the transition

We are currently in the process of designing the specific reading engagement loan offer for home educators, and want to support home educators through the transition to the new service. We would appreciate the opportunity to meet with your organisation to discuss how we might work together to best achieve this.

Yours faithfully

Geraldine Howell

Director Literacy Learning Public Programmes

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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

Response to Melissa from the National Library

Melissa’s letter to the National Library and her comments:

New National Library Access proposal

Dear Melissa,

Thank-you for your recent query regarding the Services to Schools transformation programme and its impacts on home educators.

Yes, the National Library is transforming its services to schools. This is in response to library and education directions and involves implementing services with an increased emphasis on the priority areas of reading engagement, digital literacy and modern library learning environments. The changes are designed to make the best use of National Library expertise and value; reflect the factors research has proven to have the highest impact on student learning in the priority areas; and to take advantage of current education sector opportunities. The changes will also provide a sustainable path into the future for our services to schools.

From term three 2015 there will be changes to the National Library curriculum topic loan service. A new print based reading engagement service will be introduced, replacing the current print curriculum topic service. The emphasis of the reading engagement service will be on supporting students to read for pleasure, as a foundation for learning achievement. The content of loans will be quality fiction and high interest non- fiction resources to support reading for pleasure.

Enhanced curriculum topic support will be available online via the Services to Schools website, with tools and curated content to support the delivery of the curriculum.

The reading engagement lending service and enhanced curriculum topic online service will both be available to home educators from term three 2015.

For terms one and two you will be able to get a curriculum topic loan as usual. You will need to put in your request  for this before 13 March 2015. You need to put in one request to cover both terms, and you will receive the usual number of allocated books.

We will provide you with specifics on the new reading engagement loan offer for home educators in the coming months. We are working with the Ministry of Education and home educator associations to support you through the transition.

You can find more general information about the Services to Schools transformation programme on the frequently asked questions page of the Services to Schools website.  

We do appreciate your comments and support for the services offered by the National Library of New Zealand.

Again, thank-you for taking the time to communicate with us.

Yours faithfully

Geraldine Howell

Check the next posting from the National Library to me which is very similar: National Library service changes 2015

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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

Home-based education multiplies with interest, technology

Like many home-schoolers, local student Micah Ross enjoys the freedom to pursue topics that catch his attention beyond the limited time he might get in a public school classroom. So when he recently became interested in microbiology, he had plenty of time to peruse YouTube videos on B-cells and T-cells and even examine cells under a borrowed microscope.

There’s one other difference between Micah’s interest and that of the average public school student: he’s 4 years old.

Micah’s no prodigy, according to his mother, Corinna Ross — who was home-schooled herself — which is not to say he’s any slouch, either. But when he recently suffered from the croup and started asking questions about why he was coughing, his interest in her answers about viruses — combined with digital resources, time and a home designed to incorporate education into everything — took on a life of its own.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/home-based-education-multiplies-with-interest-technology/article_da973fa4-9ebb-11e4-9278-4b814573d362.html

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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

New National Library Access proposal

An email just received from Melissa from the Coromandel….

Hello fellow homeschooling support organisations. You need to be aware of this!

As homeschoolers no information was sent out to us about this AT ALL. I have stumbled upon this because a person from the National Library approached me yesterday to get my thoughts and was surprised I did not know about this.
Also please read my response below….to the Auckland National library home schooling representative, a lovely man who is equally as upset about this as I am, and you will be.
We may need to be collective about a response to this. I know personally that this new proposal will cripple my topic teaching…
and
As a recap, this is how this will affect us as teachers/home educators *IF*we are included in the current proposal (which we are not at this moment, they have forgotten about us completely):
**We will not be able to physically visit the National Library to borrow books.
Schools will have to have a single representative for all school orders, which will be dealt with via online orders….and individual teachers can no longer go to the National Library to take out books themselves. If we as homeschoolers are not attached to a school, the question arises of OUR individual access to the NL.
*Teachers will only be able to advise the National Library of which topic they want to study with their children, and the librarians will choose the books for the children themselves (teachers will not be able to choose) and the focus will be on ‘reading for pleasure’, which has an emphasis on fiction books, with minimal non-fiction books added. At their discretion, not teacher’s choice. (Effectively having the ability to selectively censor the information we receive, which can leave us open to personal bias of librarians). Most educators use the National Library as a resource for in-depth topic studies….to enhance our curriculum. Historically the NL has been the source for school classrooms to have non-fiction topic books on the shelves.
So, no physical access, no choice in books, and an emphasis on fiction and not textbooks or non-fiction books.
The move is being made AWAY from non-fiction information, to just reading for pleasure…..’reading engagement’, as they term it.
The ability to borrow books under the current system ends in March this year.
Here is the email address for responses to this new initiative…..which, disturbingly is by the department of internal affairs!!  —  s2stransformation@dia.govt.nz
Begin forwarded message:
From: Melissa
Date: 8 January 2015 8:57:30 am NZDT
To:
Subject: New Library Access proposal.
Thank you for your time yesterday
I have now thoroughly read the webpage that you forwarded to me, and am feeling distressed about how this will impact not only homeschoolers like me, but education in general in New Zealand.
This feels like a ‘dumbing down’ of learning options. The National Library has always been seen as a specialist topic provider to teachers and students, and in truth I see no alternatives being provided within the structure of the new proposal that would provide at least the current status quo of being able to choose topic books ourselves as teachers, and to go deeply into a specialised topic within our curriculum.
‘Reading engagement’ as defined within the page on the national library website I have read, (http://schools.natlib.govt.nz/national-library-services-schools-transformation-programme-questions-and-answersseems to take an assumption that children do not enjoy reading specialised books that may be in non-fiction form. What a narrow view on how children’s minds work! My children love data mining from non-fiction, and studying this type of material brings very important life skills to the table, and equips a student for further study at a tertiary level. Non-fiction, topic-specific books are very much minimised as learning channels within this page.
This is concerning.
I am also very worried that Home Educators are not mentioned or catered for in the new proposal. It seems we have not been taken into account on any level.
 Consider our lack of access to the data bases that schools can access, and the fact that we are not classified as ‘schools’ with a representative contact person for National Library. This now directly affects whether or not we can access the library physically. So it seems both streams of information and access will now be impossible for us as individual teachers.
…….. can you please forward this email to the highest level of decision makers in this process?
I would very much like to be kept in the loop with what happens here, and I will be forwarding this email to the New Zealand Homeschooling Associations across the country for their collective responses to be contributed also.
Sincerely
Melissa

National Library Services to Schools Transformation Programme –

questions and answers

What is the Services to Schools Transformation Programme?

The National Library is transforming its Services to Schools in response to library and education directions. We have developed a new vision statement which is for “all young people to have access to effective and connected library services and library learning environments that support their development as readers and digitally literate learners”.

Services to Schools will continue to support teachers and schools through the provision of print and online resources, and the development of school libraries. We will be moving to achieve our vision by implementing services with an increased emphasis on the priority areas of reading engagement, digital literacy and modern library learning environments.

Contents

Why is Services to Schools changing?
When is Services to Schools changing?
The reading engagement lending service commences from term three 2015. What’s happening to the loan service in terms one and two?
Can individual teachers and librarians get a walk-in loan for terms one and two in 2015?
Will individual teachers and librarians still be able to order books from term three 2015?
What is a reading engagement loan?
Will curriculum topic support still be available after term three 2015?
From term three 2015, how do schools request a reading engagement loan?
How many items are in a reading engagement loan?
Who decides what items are in each reading engagement loan?
Does a reading engagement loan only contain fiction books?
Can teachers use reading engagement loans to support curriculum delivery?
What will the loan freight arrangements be?
What will happen to schools regarding lost or unreturned items at the end of the reading engagement loan period?
Will there be any support for schools about how to manage the whole-school reading engagement loan?
What will happen to the Services to Schools collection? Is it downsizing?
What will happen to those non-fiction books that are not suitable for inclusion in the reading engagement loans?
Where can I find research about the impact reading for pleasure has on literacy achievement?
What is ‘enhanced online curriculum support’?
How will schools with limited access to technology provide curriculum topic support to students?
Where can I get print resources to support curriculum topics?
What does the Ministry of Education think of the Services to Schools Transformation Programme?

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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

Pennsylvania Loosens Homeschool Restrictions, States to Follow

http://www.newsmax.com/US/homeschool-restrictions-education-local/2015/01/06/id/616839/

In the wake of loosened restrictions on homeschoolers in Pennsylvania, which had one of the strictest homeschool laws in the nation, lawmakers in at least three other states are ready to ease regulations, a lawyer for a homeschool advocacy group says.

“It has been a trend to remove unnecessary burdens from homeschoolers,” Mike Donnelly, a lawyer for the Home School Legal Defense Association told The Blaze.

“A dozen or so states have updated their laws in the last 10 or 15 years. Most of the regulations were drafted 35 to 40 years ago when homeschooling was an unknown. Today we know that homeschooling works well and that some regulations are unnecessary and burdensome.”

According to the Blaze, the number of children being homeschooled rose to 1.8 million in the 2011-2012 school year, up from 1.5 million five years earlier, with the highest concentration in the South and West.

In West Virginia, lawmakers are planning a legislative package on homeschooling, the Blaze reports, but Donnelly wouldn’t name other states mulling an ease to restrictions, and insisted no state is considering tightening regulations.

The New York Times reports that in October Pennsylvania relaxed some ruless, which had required student portfolios and results of standardized testing in third, fifth and eighth grade be submitted to the local school district superintendent.

Now, Pennsylvania allows parents need only certify their children completed high school graduation requirements.

“Here we are loosening standards for a subset of students while at the same time giving them the same credential as all other students,” Jim Buckheit, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, complained to The Times.

The Times reports 11 states don’t require families to register with a state or local government agency, while 14 states don’t specify required subjects. In about half the states, homeschooled children don’t have to take a standardized test.

Last year, Utah lawmakers passed a law lifting requirements that homeschoolers file affidavits once per year with the school district.

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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

Why Homeschoolers Are Winning

From the blog Alternatives to School:
Homeschooling is growing at breakneck speed. It’s the fastest growing form of education. Soon 4% of U.S. students will be homeschooled, that’s 2.5 million children! To put that in perspective, the proportion of students in private schools is 10% and declining.

Why is homeschooling growing so much? Well, besides being a much more humane way of educating the young than institutionalized coercive learning, it’s also very effective, it’s cheap, and it produces excellent results. The homeschool movement is not only winning in recruiting new practitioners, it is also more successful at what many probably, subconsciously, think of as the true reason for attending compulsory schooling: getting into college.

So let’s pretend that the purpose of the first 18 years of human life is to get into a good college. I don’t believe that, but for the sake of argument, let’s do it. Let’s take a look at how homeschooled children are doing at that game, because it might just be that not going to school Is the new Eton or Andover, and more interestingly, that not going to college at all is the new Cambridge or Yale.

Homeschooled children are already winning because…

- See more at: http://alternativestoschool.com/2015/01/05/homeschoolers-winning/#sthash.ynJed7nS.dpuf

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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