May 3, 2016

Latest posts from Home Education Foundation

‘I wanted children who loved to learn’

From Stuff.co.nz:

“I home educated for five years. Best five years ever.

“The freedom to choose our own curriculum, and the ability to really drill down into subjects and access top experts within our own time frame inside and outside a 9am-3pm restriction appealed.

‘Anti-social’ was always raised as an objection to home-schooling, yet I noted the most anti-social behaviour I have ever witnessed in society happened in schools, and in prisons, where near 100 per cent of inmates attended state schools at some time.

“My five children were exposed to all age ranges of society rather than confined to ‘same aged peers’ only for six hours a day throughout formative years.

READ MORE:
Home schooling: weird or wonderful?
School’s out, this time forever
‘The children decide what to learn’

“My son was sent to live in France for a year, my daughter opted to learn New Zealand sign language as a core subject. We invited and incorporated members of the local deaf community into our lives and it worked well.

“My 10 year old son wanted to learn C++ programming and html.  He was very proficient in coding at a young age.

“He also took up bagpipes young, and learning to read music just became part of our day.

“Eventually home-schooling for us came to an end. My adult children are all gainfully employed, in healthy relationships, leading fullfilling and productive lives. One son just graduated Otago University as a software engineer.

“The youngest to be home-schooled, and who did not step into a state school classoom until she was 10 years old has her sights set on becoming a geneticist.

“She had an idyllic childhood for the first ten years of her life, roaming farmland with her animals and immersed in books when she was not online and studying with friends over Skype.

“The school environment with mass warehousing of children, where school is primarily occupied with behaviour management, is not the best place for all children. Many thrive outside of institutionalised styles of learning.

“Home education gave us huge flexibility.  Resources and knowledge in the community are limitless.

“I had left school in the early 1980s with no high school qualifications, yet I knew if I exposed them to opportunities and supported them in their quest for education, they would succeed.

“I did not need a teaching degree to give my children wings. ”

Read more here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/why-did-you-choose-to-home-school/14576513/I-wanted-children-who-loved-to-learn

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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 of their own: Home-schooling a ‘path of discovery’

Seven per cent of New Zealand’s school population are taught at home. Last year, 5558 children from nearly 3000 families were home-schooled.Education reporter Jody O’Callaghan meets a North Canterbury home-educating family.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/76178455/class-of-their-own-homeschooling-a-path-of-discovery

Scargill mother Lennie Harrison has been home-schooling her four children for 27 years.

As 10-year-old James is head down studying, the smell of pancakes wafts from the griddle nearby.

Lennie Harrison, home schooling James, 10, and Jasmine,18.

John Kirk-Anderson

Lennie Harrison, home schooling James, 10, and Jasmine,18.

A floor to ceiling shelf packed with books covers one side of the living room, and two wooden desks are lined up along the window.

“Learning at its best is a lifestyle,” Lennie Harrison said.

Canterbury has the third largest home-school community of 764, after Auckland’s 1214, and Waikato’s 818. Home-school parents need approval and regular checks from the Ministry of Education, and must educate their children to the standard they would receive at a registered school.

Harrison said home-schooling mothers often joked they did not get holidays, using every opportunity for learning as a family.

“Take the child by the hand and walk the educational path with them. It’s a path of discovery.”

Harrison designed her own curriculum to suit each child, but it was much easier to gather resources now with the internet than 30 years ago.

“There’s just so much around you just can’t go short.”

“We already have a modern learning environment, we have our house, and outside the house, which is the rest of the world.”

If the family lacked equipment needed for a lesson, she cast the net among friends. If her skills did not extend to a certain subject, she could “swap children” with other home-schoolers needing her specific skills.

Many home-schooled their children through desperation – a child bullied, or their special needs not met in a normal school setting.

For her, “cockiness helps” in making the decision she could educate her children better than mainstream schooling.

“I think I’m made to swim against the tide.”

Christianity played a part too.

She was often asked, ’What about socialisation?’ and ‘What about qualifications?”

They frequently met with about 10 home-educating families in North Canterbury – about 50 children.

At 14, the Harrison children should be able to plan out their day, and start doing voluntary community work to build up their curriculum vitae.

Daughter Jasmine volunteered at a school and a rest home, both for six months.

By 16 they should be full-time – either studying, working, or part-time in each.

Now at 18, “life costs” for Jasmine.

“There’s no more mucking around,” she said.

Jasmine completed level 2 when she was 16, and was now doing NCEA level 3 in classics via correspondence, while doing legal papers through Open Polytechnic. She was also still volunteering.

The ministry paid Harrison $740 to teach a child annually. When their home schooling ended, her children paid a bit of rent and food money, course costs, and car or hobby costs.

Harrison tried being the anxious mother with son Jake, now 32, “waving flags and whistles”, using rewards and punishments, “but you can’t work against a personality”. He needed more space.

He eventually found his feet in electrical engineering, gaining a degree at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) after completing an electrician apprenticeship.

Going to polytechnic at 21 was the first time he stepped foot in a classroom.

“I didn’t feel like I was handicapped or anything.”

His two children would also be home-schooled.

For daughter Sargia, now 28, joining the workforce as a librarian in Wellington was a “really smooth transition”.

“It was mostly a breeze. I think [home-schooling] really allowed me to discover who I was without outside pressure.”

 - Stuff

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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

Update from the National Library

Tena koe Barbara

Please find below an update on the lending service.

We would appreciate it if you could circulate this update to others within the Home Education Foundation.

Our vision is that all young people 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 Update: 4 March 2016

In this update

  • Update on the lending service

Update on the lending service

We have had more than 1,200 schools register for National Library’s new lending service and so far have sent out more than 61,000 items to schools that have put in requests.

We are really pleased with the uptake with approximately half of New Zealand schools already registered for our new service.

We have had positive feedback from school staff who are enjoying their loans, however, there are a number of schools still in the queue to receive their loans.

We are working as fast as we can to complete the loans in the queue and advised schools today when they can expect their loans.

For schools receiving their loans later than expected we are offering an extended loan period so they can retain their resources for another term. As well, they will be entitled to request another full Term 2 loan. Both loans will then be due back at the end of Term 2.

More information

If you have any questions please visit our website www.schools.natlib.govt.nz  or email S2Stransformation@dia.govt.nz.

Regards

Geraldine Howell

Director Literacy Learning Public Programmes, National Library

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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

Global Home Education Conference (GHEC 2016): Rio too far? Stream GHEC at home!

From: HSLDA International

Dear friends,

Will you help us share about the GHEC live stream?  For those of you unable to join us in person in Rio, we especially want you to know about the opportunity to experience the global conference right at your computer.  But please also share this with your homeschool association and/or others who want to be a part of supporting international home education and home education as a human right.

Prices and details: http://www.ghec2016.org/livestream

Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/GHECPage/posts/1697289613889831

 From: Mike Donnelly | HSLDA 

You can experience the Global Home Education Conference (GHEC 2016) live from Rio streaming right to your computer!  This leadership conference is for you and is the only global gathering of its kind for home educators.  If you can’t fly to Rio, streaming is the next best thing to being there. Register today!

Home education is a vibrant community with a global impact.  That’s why I’m serving on the organizing board for the GHEC 2016.  Our theme for the conference is “Home Education: It’s A Right!”

 Don’t miss out on five full days packed with international speakers, noted educators, and key influencers and homeschool leaders.  Choose from daily streaming options, or stream the full conference.  Gain access to the material and watch later at your convenience.  Support international homeschooling at the same time!

  • Hear from our headline speaker Sugata Mitra about his innovation in education leading to his conclusions about children learning naturally.
  • Be a part of ground-breaking research on home education worldwide in four workshops featuring unique statistics and studies compiled for the GHEC 2016.
  • Equip yourself to better represent home educators everywhere through sessions on leadership and policy topics, especially geared toward our theme “Home Education: It’s A Right.”
  • Also featured will be an international homeschool grad panel; sessions for moms on family and support groups; and specialized topics like alternative education in Latin America, special needs, socialization, and updates on home education in countries around the world.

Hear from these speakers and many more:

Sugar Mitra, 2013 TED Prize Winner

Dr. Jan de Groof, UNESCO Chair, Right to Education

Michael P. Farris, International Human Rights Expert

Dr. Debra Bell, Home Education Researcher & Best-selling Author

Alexandre Magno Moreira, Ministry of Education in Brazil

Mike Donnelly, HSLDA Director of Global Outreach

Erwin Fabián García López, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Leigh Bortins, Classical Conversations Founder

Davis Carman, Apologia Educational Ministries CEO

Alberto Solano, Homeschooling Guadalajara, Mexico

 We are privileged to feature numerous speakers from our host country of Brazil:

Alexandre Magno Moreira, Ministry of Education in Brazil

Miguel Nagib, Escola Sem Partido

Carlos Nadalim, Como Educar seus Filhos

Gustavo Abadie, Econtrando Alegria

Fabio Schebella, Pedagogo

Dr. Édison Prado de Andrade, Padre Anchieta University Center, Jundiaí

And many more!

 Remember, register today to live stream the GHEC 2016 to your computer!  Choose from daily streaming options, or stream the full conference.  Gain access to the material and watch later at your convenience.  Learn more here.

 We hope you’ll be a part of history with us in Rio,

 

Mike DonnellyDirector of Global OutreachGHEC 2016 Board Secretary

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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

Young baker gets his diploma at 16

From the Rotorua Daily Post: Http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11588064

A local teen with a knack for rising early has finished his diploma in baking, at just 16. Haans Paraki-Webber, a home-school student, started doing work experience at Rotorua’s Ciabatta Bakery when he was just 13.

After a year of unpaid work experience, bakery owners Alex and Sue Burge were so impressed with Haans’ commitment, they offered him paid employment one day a week. Since then he has completed his diploma in baking through Waiariki Institute of Technology.

Haans said his year at Waiariki was “fantastic” and that he was relieved to finish.

“It was really fun, some parts were hard, but mostly fun. I’m relieved to be finished but I’m also a little bit sad that I don’t get to hang out with my classmates any more.”

He said the most challenging part for him was the assignments, adding he was good at the practical side of things though and managed to get through quite well.

Haans said it was his goal to one day open his own bakery but for now he was enjoying working fulltime at Ciabatta Bakery.

“I work four days a week, it’s nice to have a three-day weekend as well as doing what I love when I go to work,” Haans said.

He said Mr Burge had been really helpful and he was always learning from him.

Haans first acquired his passion for baking when he was 12 and started making packet mix cakes from the supermarket.

“Then I learned how to make them from scratch and a friend of mine took me to one of his shifts at the bakery and that’s when I wanted to be a baker. It was awesome seeing how it was made in bulk.”

He said if there was anyone else out there wanting to do something similar at a young age they should work hard to get it. “Even if you don’t really want to do something that will get you there, put effort into it and make it fantastic. Try to enjoy everything you do.”

Haans’ mum Cindy Paraki said the point of difference with Haans was that he was so young when he knew what he wanted to do.

She said it was hard to get people to take him seriously and she was grateful to the Burges and Waiariki for doing so.

“They haven’t taken on someone as young as him before but he did really well. He was so lucky with his training and now he is in a position where he is training others coming through.”

Ms Paraki said she would love to see other businesses take youngsters under their wing because it had taught Haans so much.

“He was so confident picking knifes and chopping and mixing things. He got into it seriously from the age of 12 when he just kept making things. He has the confidence to try anything,” Ms Paraki said.

Mr Burge said Haans was such a young enthusiastic guy.

“We realised he had potential to do really well and after all this time he has done exceptionally well.”

Mr Burge said it was great to see how Haans had progressed from being a young apprentice to training the new staff they had recently employed. “He has such an awesome attitude that makes the workplace environment just fantastic.”

Rotorua Daily Post

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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

Marlborough parents feel home schooling suits their children

Marlborough mother says she has nothing against traditional schooling, but at home her children are free to learn “what they want, when they want”.

Niki Boon said her children learned primarily through books and observing the world, and her son Kurt would decide whether he wanted to go to high school.

Boon had home schooled all four of her children, aged between 6 and 12-years-old.

Boon and husband Rob Simcic decided home schooling suited their children better, she said.

“We just preferred our kids at home.”

READ MORE:
Home schooling: weird or wonderful?
School’s out, this time forever
‘The children decide what to learn’

They had a lot of freedom in how they structured their children’s day, Boon said.

“They have to learn ‘as much and as often’ as they would at school, but it’s really vague.”

The number of home schooled children in Marlborough climbed to 62 last year.

Fifty children were educated at home in 2014, although in previous years the numbers had reached 100.

The number of children enrolled in schools in Marlborough last year was more than 6600.

Boon knew of some home schooling parents who kept to a rigid timetable, but she did not dictate what her children had to learn and when.

The children had plenty of opportunities to socialise, sometimes with workers from all over the world who stayed on their Spring Creek property, Boon said.

To home school their children, parents had to apply for a certificate of exemption from the Ministry of Education.

Parents had to provide information to the ministry including a statement of their philosophy, what subjects they intended to teach, and a description of intended environmental, social and community contact.

Children who were home schooled could take NCEA exams through the Correspondence School or through a “link school”.

Twice a year parents had to make a declaration to the Ministry of Education that the home schooling was continuing. Students were allowed to “trial” a school for up to 10 weeks, without losing their home schooling status.

Fellow home schooling mother Veronika Merkle, originally from Germany, made the decision to home school her son Corbinian, 6, because she wanted him to grow up bilingual.

She also felt he was too young to be separated from the family.

While she hoped to home school him all the way through primary school, she would have to wait and see whether it suited him, she said.

“As they grow up they might have different needs, that we might struggle to meet,” she said.

Marlborough Boys’ College principal Wayne Hegarty said occasionally students who were home schooled would come to Marlborough Boys’ to do their NCEA exams.

“Some will do very well. It just varies, really.”

Two years ago, William Irwin-Harris, who was home schooled for most of his life, became proxime accessit to the dux.

“He was a very bright boy, and it was nice to see him grow in confidence,” Hegarty said.

William’s mother Jacqui Harris said he had just won a prize for mathematics at Victoria University.

Parent Smyth Brydon said her son attended Grovetown School, but her 8-year-old daughter Brooke was educated at home. She tried school for two years but decided she wanted to try learning at home.

“She’s a real free spirit, and I’m a real fan of following the children’s lead,” Brydon said.

“She [experienced school], and it was good, but at the end of the day she said ‘no, I still want to give this a go’,” Brydon said.

Brooke’s preschool teacher first suggested home schooling after Brydon said she was concerned Brooke was not ready for school. Initially Brydon was reluctant, but after she did some research into it she thought it would suit the family.

Brydon said she hoped Brooke would choose to keep learning at home, as she did not want her to feel the pressure to fit in as she got older.

Brooke was very self-motivated, Brydon said.

“If she wants to become a doctor, she’ll become a doctor. If she wants to become an artist, she’ll become an artist.”

Each year about 5500 New Zealand children were home schooled.

 - The Marlborough Express

Read more here and see photo:  http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/76571741/marlborough-parents-feel-home-schooling-suits-their-children.html

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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

Homeschooling children in Victoria on the rise

PARENTS are increasingly turning their backs on traditional schooling and tutoring their children at home.

On the cusp of the new school year, the profile of homeschooling has been given a boost after a VCE student earned top marks for 2015 after a mix of home and distance education.

Figures show 4136 students were educated at home in Victoria last year, or 0.44 per cent of children, up from 3233 in 2012.

Bullying at school, disabilities, medical conditions and lifestyle choices are among the main reasons parents decide to teach their kids at home.

The story of Stephen Zhang, 17, who achieved the maximum 99.95 ATAR after being taught by his mum until year 10, has shone a spotlight on homeschooling.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/homeschooling-children-in-victoria-on-the-rise/news-story/57bf6b9ec6c92a65b4c8bca2feb09007#load-story-comments

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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

The Seduction of Homeschooling Families: Government Homeschooling Programs Seek to Eliminate Parents’ Choices for Their Children’s Education

Something to watch out for in New Zealand and Australia in the future:

Do the public school authorities feel threatened by homeschooling? Judging by their efforts to lure homeschooling families into dependence on local school districts, the answer is apparently yes.

For the last several years, homeschooling has been the fastest growing educational alternative in the country. Estimates of its growth rate typically range from 15 to 25 percent annually. Homeschoolers are notoriously difficult to count; however, the National Homeschooling Research Institute believes that currently 1.2 million children get their education at home. While that constitutes only about 2 percent of all school-age children, it’s more than 20 percent of those who are outside the government educational system. and, with a 20 percent annual growth rate, another quarter million children will join the homeschooling movement this year.

The sheer number of homeschoolers represents a distinct threat to the hegemony of the government school monopoly. Qualitatively, the academic success of homeschoolers, measured by standardized test scores and recruitment by colleges, debunks the myth that parents need to hire credentialed experts to force children to learn.

Homeschooling also refutes the “more money equals better education” mantra of the teachers unions. The average homeschooling family spends approximately 10 percent of the per-pupil costs associated with government schools in achieving those academic results.2 Multiplied by the number of homeschoolers, even these modest amounts add up to a sizeable market attracting numerous educational entrepreneurs.

Besides challenging the legitimacy of government schools, homeschoolers also pose a more direct economic threat. Funding for government schools is based on attendance, with a national average of almost $6,000 per student.3 Homeschooled children represent over $7 billion out of reach of local government schools, and, at its current growth rate, each year over $1 billion more slips away.

Politically, homeschoolers are a force to be reckoned with when their rights are endangered. The most highly publicized and effective example of their growing political clout occurred in 1994, when the House of Representatives inserted language into an educational appropriations bill that would have required all teachers to be credentialed. Homeschoolers perceived that provision as a threat to their autonomy and overwhelmed phone and fax lines to their representatives until the credentialing language was removed by a 424-1 vote.

Homeschooling’s economic and political impact is keenly felt by teachers unions, educational bureaucrats, ideological indoctrinators, and other beneficiaries of today’s system. What will happen when the growing number of homeschooling families withdraw their political support for the enormous taxes required to fund today’s $300 billion government system?

To combat those threats, defenders of the status quo are fighting back with all the legal, legislative, and economic weapons at their disposal. The most insidious of these tactics is the systematic undermining and co-opting of the homeschooling movement by establishing government homeschooling programs. Those programs set seductive lures before families by providing “free” resources, teachers, extracurricular activities, facilities, and even cash reimbursement.

When enough families have voluntarily returned to the government system, it will be a relatively straightforward matter to recapture the rest by imposing mandatory homeschooling oversight regulations. Will this seduction succeed in eliminating independent homeschoolers and derailing the growing free market in education? Economics and the history of private schools versus government schools provide ample lessons on what to expect.

The Birth of a Free Market in Education

The term “homeschooling” is a bit of a misnomer. To many people the word conjures up a vision of mom instructing her kids around the kitchen table–a myth perpetuated by the media, which invariably demand that particular image to illustrate their stories. The reality is far different. While instruction around the kitchen table does indeed occur in most homeschooling families, the flexibility and range of homeschooling encourages an enormous variety of alternative educational models. Those models range from child-led, interest-based learning (unschooling) to the traditional classroom model with professional teachers. They include distance learning, cooperative teaching arrangements between parents, commercial learning centers, and subject-specific tutors. Many young teenagers routinely take junior college or university courses. Others participate in the revival of apprenticing.

The homeschooling boom has not gone unnoticed by educational entrepreneurs. Homeschooling conferences attract huge numbers of vendors catering to the hundreds (and in some cases, thousands) of families attending. Traditional curriculum vendors have repackaged their wares specifically for the homeschooling market. Homeschooling magazines and newsletters flourish, increasing in number. Organizations providing paid support (curriculum counseling, bureaucratic paperwork assistance, legal support) for homeschooling families continue to spring up.

Supplementing these numerous commercial ventures and, in most cases, preceding them, are a multitude of local support groups that arose spontaneously to help meet the needs of new and existing homeschooling families. Much of the power of the homeschooling movement comes from these groups, through which families gather to meet the social and academic needs of their children. Those voluntary groups create the environment for low-cost or no-cost academic solutions, such as:

  • cooperative teaching, which leverages the existing talents and interests of parents;
  • information sharing among parents about what works and what doesn’t for different learning styles;
  • renting community rooms (or homes) for group activities and classes;
  • hiring professional teachers by the hour (for example, our science teacher is paid $75 an hour, which breaks down to $5 a child); and
  • field trips for hands-on learning.

Homeschooling support groups also provide all of the social activities found in traditional schools. One group, All Ways Learning in San Jose, is typical of the depth of activities provided by voluntary support groups once a critical mass of families is involved. The group meets twice weekly, once at a local park and once in a rented community room. Volunteer families organize the monthly newsletter, yearbook, yearly “school” pictures, monthly “PTA” meetings (aka “Parents’ Night Out”), holiday parties, dances, and choir. In addition, a homeschooling sports league in the area sponsors baseball, basketball, and soccer for several hundred homeschooled children. Homeschooling, with its varied commercial and volunteer ventures, is a microcosm of what a true free market in education could look like–parents and children working together, mixing and matching, tailoring the educational style to what works best for them; families spending their educational dollars as they choose, with educational entrepreneurs creating a wide-ranging marketplace of goods and services. It’s not just mom and the kids around the kitchen table. It’s a new educational model.

Be sure to read the rest of the article here:

https://fee.org/freeman/the-seduction-of-homeschooling-families/

 

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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

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

 

Christian Homeschoolers Family Summer Getaway

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This is a reminder that the Getaway is in the not too distant future so now is the time to be booking it in on your calendar and booking your space at camp.  Remember, you can camp for extra days if you want to.  Some of our regular families spend a few extra days in camp enjoying an extended holiday time.

We had our biggest camp so far last Feb, so past the word around, share the love, and invite some more to join us in Feb 2016.  Below is the brochure with all the details on it.

The Drinnan Clan

Taupo

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, 12 Feb 2016.Departure time – 11:30am Sunday, 14 Feb 2016

  • Book directly with the camp for the weekend of 12-14 Feb 2016. Mention that you are with the Christian Homeschoolers Family Sumer 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 in cash at Getaway to Murray or Sharon
  • 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. 12 – 14 FEB 2016

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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

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

Need help on global homeschool research

Dear Parent (or someday parent),

We invite and encourage you to participate in some very important research related to homeschooling (or home education).

The purpose of this international research initiative is to identify, understand, and compare barriers that parents face in choosing to home educate their children.

Results of this study will be used to help equip parents to make more informed decisions in the education of their children, and to propose solutions for removing barriers to homeschooling.

Get started now. [ link http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2511422/1971b3fae031]. Click on the green arrow in the bottom right corner

Dr. Brian D. Ray is internationally known for his research on homeschooling. He is trusted by the global homeschool community and he is the investigator for this project.

All data will be confidentially analyzed. All results will be presented in an anonymous way. You will receive a free summary of the research results if you want one.

We urge you to help us with this internationally important project. Start here (Click on the green arrow in the bottom right corner. )

Sincerely,

Barbara Smith

Home Education Foundation

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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

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

 

Help for Single Home Educating Mums in NZ

A message from Lisa:

Hi everyone!

I have just started a new facebook group, called Blessings for Single Parent Homeschoolers NZ.

The idea behind the group is to have a place where we can gift useful, beautiful things to single parent homeschoolers. If you have curriuculum, clothing, household items, etc, you may offer them for free, to bless others.

Please join if you are a single parent homeschooler and would love some love and support, or if you are in a position to gift things to others!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1670534149897879/

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

 

Homeschooling 2015 Statistics

Homeschooling

As at 1 July 2015, there were 5,558 home schooled students recorded in the Ministry of Education’s Homeschooling database. These students belong to 2,916 families and represent 0.7% of total school enrolments as at 1 July 2015. Out of the 5,558 homeschoolers 66.5% were the aged 12 or under, 66.6% had been home-schooled for less than 5 years, and only 4.4% had been home-schooled for 10 years or more.

Homeschooling Students Time Series Downloads: File Type & Size

Homeschooling Turnover

Between 1 July 2014 and 1 July 2015 there was an overall net increase of 3 students; 1,032 students entered into homeschooling and 1,029 students finished homeschooling.

The average age of the 1,032 students entering into homeschooling was 8 years old…

To read  more and to see more graphs please go to the MoE website:  https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/statistics/schooling/student-numbers/homeschooling

It has always been a concern for Craig and myself that the turnover of home educators each year has been so high and this year is no different with 1032 students commencing and 1029 students finishing. There are a lot of people willing to help others on the home education road who might be overwhelmed, needing help or encouragement. All around New Zealand there are support groups as well as Facebook and the Yahoo groups which are a great place to get your questions answered, to get encouragement etc.

Edited to add: Students Finishing Homeschooling by Duration & Region 2015 Click on link to see the full graph

Number of students finishing homeschooling by Duration & Regional Council (Year ending 1 July 2015)

Regional Council Number of Years Student has been in Homeschooling
Less than one year 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years 5 Years 6 Years 7 Years 8 Years 9 Years 10 Years 11 Years 12 Years 13 Years or more
Northland Region 20 9 2 6 4 1 3 5 3 12 2 5 1
Auckland Region 65 39 34 17 20 10 10 8 15 25 7 10 8 1
Waikato Region 37 23 17 7 10 3 8 4 4 16 9 9 3
Bay of Plenty Region 27 10 4 5 9 5 4 2 4 14 4 4 1
Gisborne Region 2 1 1 1 1
Hawkes Bay Region 4 2 1 2 2 3 1 1 2 2
Taranaki Region 4 4 2 1 1 5 2 1 4 1
Manawatu-Wanganui Region 7 7 8 2 4 2 5 2 2 10 4 4 1
Wellington Region 10 12 5 7 8 6 3 3 2 6 4 7 1
Tasman Region 12 4 5 1 1 1 1 3 1
Nelson Region 3 4 2 3 3 1 4 1 2 2
Marlborough Region 1 2 1 1 1
West Coast Region 3 2 1 3 1
Canterbury Region 12 11 12 9 15 8 6 7 5 16 11 7 4
Otago Region 8 2 5 1 1 2 2 1 3 5 1
Southland Region 3 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 2
Unknown 7 2 1 2 3 1 1 2
Total 222 134 102 59 80 45 48 40 46 124 47 56 25 1

Less than 1 year: 222
I year:                    134
2 years:                  102
3 years:                    59
4 years:                    80
5 years:                    45
6 years:                    48
7 years:                    40
8 years:                    46
9 years:                  124
10 years:                  47
11 years:                   56
12 years:                  25
13 years:                     1

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NZ Home Education Support Groups

NZ-r-Online Encouragement for Home Educators

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

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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

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/