July 16, 2019

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GST Rule Changes as at 1 December 2019

There are to be a few changes for those who buy books etc from overseas. These changes will take effect from 1 December 2019. Please note that if you are buying from a small business with a turnover of less than NZ$60,000 then there will be no GST charged. See the information from the IRD below:

On 26 June 2019, Parliament passed rule changes for GST. These changes mean overseas businesses supplying low-value goods to consumers in New Zealand must charge GST at the point of sale if they meet the GST registration requirements including a NZ$60,000 turnover threshold.

These changes apply to:

  • merchants (or retailers) who sell goods directly to New Zealand consumers (either online, by mail order or phone)
  • online marketplaces merchants sell goods and services through
  • re-deliverers that offer mailbox redelivery and personal shopping services from other countries.

The changes come into effect on 1 December 2019. This is two months later than the date proposed in draft legislation. The later date is to allow overseas businesses more time to update their systems.

What are low-value goods?
Low-value goods are physical goods valued at NZ$1,000 or less (excluding GST). They include books, clothing, cosmetics, shoes, sporting equipment and electronic items.

These changes do not apply to:

  • supplies of fine metal
  • alcohol and tobacco products – Customs will continue to apply GST, excise taxes and other duties at the border regardless of value.

Goods sold for more than NZ$1,000 will continue to be taxed by Customs at the border as they come into New Zealand.

What does this mean for New Zealand businesses buying goods?
Low-value goods sold by overseas suppliers and sent to GST-registered businesses in New Zealand, for use in their business (business-to-business supplies) are generally excluded from these rules. In limited circumstances, overseas suppliers may collect and return GST on these sales.

Overseas suppliers will charge GST to New Zealand GST-registered businesses unless you provide the supplier your GST number, New Zealand Business Number or inform them that you’re a GST-registered business.

If your business is not registered for GST or the goods are not for business use, then GST should apply.

If you import goods in a consignment valued above NZ$1,000
You’ll continue to pay GST and duty on these goods at the border. Processes will be put in place, so Customs does not collect GST on any goods already taxed at the point of sale by the supplier.

To prevent you being double taxed, suppliers must:

  • include tax information on import documentation, and
  • provide purchasers with a receipt that clearly shows the amount of GST charged.

More information

Visit our website for detailed guidance on these changes

If you have questions, you can email us at  info.lvg@ird.govt.nz

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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/

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

Julie Bogart Speaking Tour 2019

Julie Bogart is the creator and owner of Brave Writer, an online writing and language arts program. She has five kids and homeschooled them for seventeen years. Julie realised that what she enjoyed most was coaching writing and empowering parents to be writing coaches for their own kids. Brave Writer began in January 2000 and has since taught tens of thousands of families all around the globe. Today, Julie lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where she enjoys swimming, PG tips tea every morning, and traveling to visit her globe-trotting children.

Whangarei, September 5
Auckland,  September 6 & 7
Hamilton, September 9
Hawkes Bay, September 12
Palmerston North, September 13 & 14

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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/

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

Growing Character and Compassion with Great Books

“Character is one of the four C’s at the heart of our homeschool, along with creativity, curiosity, and connection.

As C.S. Lewis said —

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”

“Character building is definitely a priority for us. Teaching character through great literature is one of my favorite ways to do that. Great books lead to great discussions, which leads to great thoughts. That kind of thinking builds character and compassion. The world definitely needs more of that!

teaching character through literature with Beautiful Feet Books

Growing Character and Compassion with Great Books

“We use living books whenever possible in our homeschool. Because of our love for literature-rich learning, I have been eyeing Beautiful Feet Books for over a year now. They have so many terrific packages — including history, geography, and character — that I hadn’t made a decision on anything yet. So you can imagine that when the chance to review the Teaching Character through Literature Teacher Guide and Intermediate Reading Pack came up, I was thrilled!

Read the rest of the review here:https://heartandsoulhomeschooling.com/growing-character-with-great-books/?fbclid=IwAR282GFcZpGnKSOTkX72OqStl9iNKIeLesRyUwhdzMtWCArPv4Tv1tCPJ1o

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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/

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 Teachers Choose to Homeschool Their Own Children


Why Teachers Choose to Homeschool Their Own Children

“Schools are different now, they’ve changed a lot you know!”

As a home educating parent I hear this a lot. People want to believe we just don’t know what goes on in schools, as if they operate in secret or something. Not the case, obviously.

You know who knows a lot about what schools are like? Teachers.

I recently read an article which made this very interesting point…

“In biology, there’s a descriptor – “indicator species”.  An indicator species may be unusually sensitive to environmental changes, and biologists monitor the indicator species for signs that something is amiss in the environment.

I wonder when somebody is going to notice that teachers are an indicator species. When we leave public schools with our children, people should consider that there’s something amiss.”

When I shared it online so many teachers contributed their stories about why they had chosen not to send their own children to school. Some of them made me angry, some made me sad, some made me feel super passionate, some made me feel hopeful, some made me feel hopeless. That’s too many feelings for one person, so I decided to share it with you, ha!

I hope the experiences shared here by teachers help in some way. Maybe they will help make the decision to homeschool easier, maybe you will feel less alone in your beliefs or observations, maybe they will give you a picture of what schools are really like.

Why Teachers Choose to Homeschool Their Own Children…

They have a huge amount of experience

Firstly, what I noticed when I read through all the stories was that these teachers had so much experience!

“I am home schooling my autistic granddaughter after being a primary teacher for 40 years.”

These were people who had been in the schooling system for a long time, who had studied education greatly, who absolutely do know what school is like.

“I’m a registered ECE teacher with 18 years experience. We have been homeschooling a year and it has blown my mind how many people I have met who are ex-teachers who now homeschool. There are HEAPS!”

“My husband and I are both educators with Masters degrees in our fields. Unschooling our kids allows us to follow what we know to be true about human development, good mental health practices, and childhood in general.”

“My husband is a Prof. and I have a M.Ed in special education”

The people that commented and sent me their stories were the people who had been in schools for a long time. The fact that they had spent so much of their life dedicated to education but still didn’t use it for their own children was already very telling.

They are disillusioned with the system

“Over the years, I’ve gone from thinking nothing of the system, to not liking it, to thinking it just doesn’t work anymore, and now I believe it was designed to fail kids.”

Over and over again, the stories conveyed a feeling of disillusionment.

“I became a teacher to make a difference in children’s lives, but was completely and quickly disillusioned with the environment teachers and children are in.”

“There is little to no support and the class sizes continue to climb while the funding continues to decrease. I finally decided I’d seen enough.”

“My dream was to integrate the outdoor, nature, garden, environment ed into the classroom. The reality is there is no time for anything but testing, testing prep, data analysis, meetings about data, meetings about tests, meetings about how to get the scores up, etc “

Teachers wanted to help and support children but realized that within our current system of schooling this wasn’t possible. They were dealing with data and standardization, not individual children. They were tied to a system that wanted them to implement teaching like robots, instead of responding to individual needs. In fact, they found that what they had learned about what is best for children and how they learn was not even being respected in schools. They literally couldn’t give children what they need. Test scores were more important.

“The things I’ve learned about motivation to learn are not being fostered in public schools. Things are being taught to children when it is not developmentally appropriate. Most schools are still giving young children homework, even when all the research shows it is not helpful. Anxiety around standardized tests is a huge problem. Recess time is being reduced. Teachers are over worked and underpaid. Until there is a major paradigm shift in the school climate, I will not be comfortable putting my kids in public school.”

“What hits it home for me is when you consider how long the school system has been in place. If a private company had been running this long, it would likely function like a well oiled machine, with a clear purpose and probably making good profit with efficient staff. Now, I realise schools aren’t the same as corporate businesses but the system has been around so long and it’s still a mess, no clear direction, no clear purpose, and by it’s own standards it’s failing, all of that even with lots of teachers working very hard and giving up lots of time. So when you look at a system that is as inefficient as schooling you have to question whether it’s the right thing to do.”

Toxic Socialization

As a homeschooler one of the first questions you get is ‘what about socialization?’ Somehow people have come to believe that schools teach healthy social skills. As we have all experienced, that is not the case. Teachers agreed…

“As for the social side for children – well, teachers are under so much pressure to reach targets that children often miss playtime and lunchtimes while over stressed teachers desperately try to justify how much support they are giving to reach those targets. Autistic children are still expected to reach targets too despite the reaction to pressure. It’s a hive of stress!”

“Schools function as virtual prisons. Very nice prisons, for sure, but with strict rules and consequences. Students who do not comply are punished, labeled, looked down on, thought of as less smart, and less likely to succeed in life.”

“In school, they only socialize with kids in their grade level and class and only during very limited times unless they’re breaking the rules.”

“You have all these very prison like ways of treating students. Lining up in silence, can’t use the toilet during lessons, any misbehaviour at all and you’re in isolation for the rest of the day, the school actually hired an ex-police officer to help them ‘police’ the corridors.”

Inadequate Education

“They just push them forward year after year even if they have not learnt the content and we were getting further and further behind. The class environment did not promote thinking, creativity, self reflection, resilience etc”

While school is supposed to be ‘educating‘ our children, and helping them learn, many teachers thought it was doing a very poor job. What they knew about learning prompted them to remove their children from the system.

“I actually felt like unschooling was more in line with what we learned about how people learn in my education courses. Of course, that looks so different than what you are expected to implement in the classroom, because it just isn’t possible to create a space for the non-linear creative way we learn when you are trying to move 30 people along at the same pace; and moving them along is necessary so they can test well so the school can have funds and resources (and you can have a job) for next year. It’s a terrible system if it’s viewed through the lens of how we naturally learn.”

“I am a teacher. We unschool. I occasionally still supply teach and every time I do, our choice to live the way we do is reinforced by what I experience in schools.”

“The heavy, exclusive focus on reading, writing and math, I feel, kills creativity in school. There is nothing wrong with those subjects but they can be learned alongside the students’ primary interests. When a child realizes that the problems they want to solve, the interests they want to pursue, and the goals they have can be achieved with the relevant math, reading, and writing skills, then they are motivated to learn those skills knowing that it helps them.”


Experiences From School and Teaching

The stories that saddened me the most were when people shared things they had observed in school, or how school had impacted their children. They speak for themselves…more in link below

Having Their Own Children Gave Them a New Perspective…more in link below

Read the rest of the article here: http://happinessishereblog.com/2018/10/why-teachers-choose-to-homeschool-their-own-children/?fbclid=IwAR3VDrcZyTQtuld_t5FFfq5BKRxI-0C5iX8t1h0KgSDfdydNsLfMoB8CdhM?

Why do teachers choose to homeschool their own children? It seems because they are educated, they know what school is like, and they want the best for their children. I think that’s telling.

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You can read the full stories shared by teachers in the link below. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed.

Read the full stories shared by teachers here: http://happinessishereblog.com/2018/10/why-teachers-choose-to-homeschool-their-own-children/?fbclid=IwAR3VDrcZyTQtuld_t5FFfq5BKRxI-0C5iX8t1h0KgSDfdydNsLfMoB8CdhM

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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/

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

3 Reasons Christians Should Avoid Online Public Schools


In our current homeschooling world parents have so many varied options for educating their children. All you have to do is stop in to a homeschool convention and you will be inundated with materials that can be used to educate your little Einstein.

Among all of the textbooks and literature studies, the DVD and CD Rom courses, you will also find what looks to be the answer to every homeschooling mom’s dream. Online and free public education streaming right into your living room.

Have you ever heard that “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?”

3 reasons Christians should avoid public online schools

The online public schools (including Te Kura) usually provide free course materials, free online instruction, free testing, field trips and also, in more cases than not, a computer at your disposal to either use or have for your child’s education.

These can all be powerful lures, especially for the newer homeschooling mom who is not yet sure of herself and is concerned that she will ruin her child by not getting this whole homeschooling thing right.

There is a teacher who is organized and provides instruction for all the areas that you may not feel adequate in, math anyone? There is a curriculum that is accredited, tested, and found to be the best that the public school feels they have to offer, and you, as the parent, are all but taken out of the equation.

Wait, did you just read that…YOU ARE TAKEN OUT OF THE EQUATION.

Though this may sound perfect, if you dig a bit deeper you will see that there are definitive reasons that Christians should avoid online public schools.

  1. The same evolutionary materials that are taught in public school, are taught online.

You might think that this is only in science, but you would be wrong. Math story problems, history, science, even English comprehension sections all contain evolutionary ideology. This flies directly in conflict with the core values that Christians hold in Genesis 1. You may think this is no big deal, but you are feeding your child from two different sides of the plate, and those sides are starkly conflicting.

2. The moral values you have in your home are not the same as what the world ideology is.

There may be certain required reading that you would have felt was better left on the shelf, but, as a parent buying in to the public school system, you are choosing to allow your child to be taught by a government school. You may spend more time trying to “unteach” certain things than you think.

3. Your child is getting the exact same education as they would if you sent them to school…

Read more here: https://lifeofahomeschoolmom.com/2017/04/3-reasons-christians-should-avoid-online-public-schools/?fbclid=IwAR38_EOiuhQufYeTSlzXoCHpToetak6vbTf8h0M-u1BjKC_ITfbvv8-_WcM

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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/

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

Survey: Parents overwhelmingly support school choice, distrust federal government

“According to this survey, 70% of parents do not want a standard government-school education for their children but over 80% choose to put their children in those kinds of schools. Americans do not need more forced-redistribution-of-wealth and tax-funded “educational choices” such as public charter schools and ESAs for elementary/secondary schools. What they really need is courage to give their children the education – out from under government control – that they should have. Home education and/or private, Christian schools is the better choice!” –Exodus Mandate

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American families aren’t accessing the school types they prefer and do not trust the federal government, according to results of an annual report “Schooling America”, produced by EdChoice, a national nonprofit organization that promotes state-based educational choice programs.

The majority polled overwhelmingly support Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), tax credit scholarships, school vouchers and charter schools.

The survey asked public school parents and the general public about their views of the four types of educational systems in America: public schools, charter schools, private schools, and home schooling. It also asked respondents about their views of the federal government’s role in K-12 education.

The majority of parents are involved with public school districts, the report found, with 89 percent having children who attended public school for at least one year. This percentage mirrors the data reported by the U.S. Department of Education, the report notes. Current public school parents are generally satisfied but at least one-third reported “major issues” with their schools’ responsiveness, communication and support outside the classroom.

EdChoice, which argues that families, not bureaucrats, are best equipped to make K-12 schooling decisions for their children, found that the majority of those polled do not trust the federal government when it comes to education…

Read more here: https://www.watchdog.org/national/survey-parents-overwhelmingly-support-school-choice-distrust-federal-government/article_edacf2ec-03c9-11e9-963f-c3ca67c5bf2f.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share&fbclid=IwAR1mvHtXARLmknnAagCWsVGcI9FIfTX074ZD3DIW2kCo1BAtCbc1-K_w38k

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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/

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

In Our Brutal Modern World, Science Shows Our Brains Need Craft More Than Ever

At a time when many of us feel overwhelmed by the 24/7 demands of the digital world, craft practices, alongside other activities such as colouring books for grown-ups and the up-surge of interest in cooking from scratch and productive home gardens, are being looked to as something of an antidote to the stresses and pressures of modern living. Crafts such as knitting, crochet, weaving, ceramics, needlework and woodwork focus on repetitive actions and a skill level that can always be improved upon. According to the famous psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi this allows us to enter a “flow” state, a perfect immersive state of balance between skill and challenge. With what is increasingly referred to today as “mindfulness” being a much-desired quality for many people, it’s not surprising crafts are being sought out for their mental and even physical benefits. Craft as therapy… Read more here: https://www.sciencealert.com/modern-life-is-brutal-here-s-why-craft-is-so-good-for-our-health?fbclid=IwAR2IwpZY143JsIKoeRMDOBFBn4mEmwQ6qyztoJOZ_I9UplZ8zx02snTiaDI ———————————————————————————————————— Needing help for your home schooling journey: http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/ And Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling: Information on getting started: http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/ and Information on getting an exemption: http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/ This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/ Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/ 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

Chinese choosing homeschooling, even though it’s illegal

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It’s illegal, but these Chinese parents say they so much want the best for their children, they’re willing to homeschool them, hiding from the government on an as-needed basis.

Homeschooling has been booming for years in America, where there are millions, and there are several countries in Europe where’s it is thriving even though officials don’t like it much at all.

Now a report South China Morning Post has detailed the relatively small – but growing – homeschool community there.

Most Chinese parents look forward to having their children in universities, then landing a job in finance, medicine, or engineering.

Tsang Tsz-Kin, however, a dance teacher, prefers to have his son, Ocean, 10, pursuing what he wants to do.

Read more at https://www.wnd.com/2018/07/chinese-choosing-homeschooling-even-though-its-illegal/#3u3CGLhQpbCrPAhk.99

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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/

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

When Your Homeschooled Child Isn’t a Prodigy

Accept your children for who they are, not who you envision them to be.

“Yesterday my kids and I watched Wonder for the umpteenth time. As with what usually happens when I’ve watched something once too many times, my mind started drifting and ended up – you guessed it – focusing on how this movie perpetuates some common homeschool stereotypes.

“If you’ve seen this film, you might be assuming that I’m referring to the fact that August’s mother has decided to send him to school for “socialization,” and while that does irritate me just a bit, that’s not what I’m referring to today. 

“Today I want to take a look at the notion that homeschoolers tend to fall on one of two spectrums: they’re either hopelessly ignorant or they’re freakishly smart. I think you and I both know that that isn’t really the case.

“In this movie, August’s classmate’s automatically jump to the conclusion that he knows absolutely nothing, when, in fact, he is extremely intelligent and puts them in their place more than once. Am I complaining about that? No way. I think it’s awesome that he was portrayed in a way that shoots down the “all homeschoolers are dumb” mentality.

“What it did bring to mind, however, is that we homeschooling parents tend to compare our families with others a bit too much, and truth be told, very often the only positive stories we hear about homeschooling from the media are about those families who have produced child prodigies. You know the type. Speaking three languages by the age of four, graduating with a Master’s degree by the age of 12, and doctor by the ripe old age of 19.

“Although hearing stories like that are inspiring and make me even prouder to be a homeschool mom, let’s be honest. It can make it very hard for those of us whose children don’t fall into the prodigy category to accept the fact that we are still doing a phenomenal job with our children. We are not “less than.” More importantly, our children aren’t, either.

“So today I want to encourage you with this one thing I’ve learned over the ten years we’ve been homeschooling:

Academic excellence should never be your primary goal.

“While it is certainly something we should all hope to help our kids attain, the fact is that there are far more important things we need to teach them first.

“Things like:

Click here to see the more important things our writer is suggesting: https://redheadmom8.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/homeschooled-child-isnt-prodigy/?fbclid=IwAR1OLuvv1_ORF0PwY5j-FvxYQrRAPdp1WHTM9B7NnPS0reSSuz5dvq1Fp1o

Armed with those qualities, our children will be well-equipped to face anything that comes their way as they travel into adulthood.

In this day and age, my friends, people with those qualities are anything but normal……. so if you ask me, they are the ones we need the most.

Homeschooling and education are my passion. It is my fervent hope to one day devote more time to creating content for you. If you’d like to support this ministry, consider supporting me on Patreon.

“Thank you so much. I appreciate each and every one of you!”

More 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/

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

Brazil

President Jair Bolsinaro fulfills a promise and sends the Brazilian congress a bill to legalize homeschooling! What is happening in Brazil is the most important front for homeschooling freedom! Open in google chrome for translation: https://g1.globo.com/educacao/noticia/2019/04/12/educacao-domiciliar-liberdade-para-algumas-familias-pode-prejudicar-criancas-vulneraveis-dizem-especialistas.ghtml?utm_source=push&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=pushg1&fbclid=IwAR04AgPagjGhOWUvHpRq9FDjSoXxBAcOCeqnKTViSdBmoq5xazVziJnhf7Y


Governo pretende aprovar regulação do ensino domiciliar

Here is a rough translation:

The federal government’s bill to regulate home education, announced Thursday by the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights (MMFDH), represents a new chapter in a battle that has lasted for years.
The proposal involves, on the one hand, a number outside the official statistics of parents who want the freedom to educate their children at home and, on the other, rules established for decades by the educational system and defended by most experts in the area.
The text of the Executive, which still needs to be approved by the National Congress to get out of the role, is criticized and supported based on some central points:
Importance of school as a space for socialization;
Quality of home teaching;
Market creation of didactic material, videotapes and private tutors;
Respect for the freedom of families;
Protection of vulnerable children.
To discuss the issue, the G1 heard five experts:

Carlos Vinícius Reis, executive director of the National Association of Home Education (Aned)
Roberto Catelli Junior, deputy coordinator of the NGO Acción Educativa
Anna Helena Altenfelder, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Studies and Research in Education, Culture and Community Action (Cenpec)
Cesar Callegari, educational consultant, former member of the National Council, former secretary of Basic Education of the Ministry of Education and Education of the city of São Paulo
Telma Pileggi Vinha, professor at the School of Education of the State University of Campinas (Unicamp)

The arguments of those who oppose the approval of the project vary from criticism for depriving children of the space of socialization in schools until the opening for entrepreneurs of the branch to profit from the hiring of private tutors or the sale of teaching materials and videotapes.
The controversy also involves other services provided by schools, which include the protection of children and the articulation of care with health and social assistance areas.
Those who defend the teaching modality say that the project represents a step forward because, for the first time, a federal government recognizes the freedom of families who do not want their children in schools.
However, according to supporters of the proposal, the text presented on Thursday still needs to go through adjustments throughout the proceedings in the House and Senate. Among the points pointed out by the National Association of Home Education (Aned) is the discussion about a possible debureaucratization of the rules created by the MMFDH.

https://g1.globo.com/educacao/noticia/2019/04/12/educacao-domiciliar-liberdade-para-algumas-familias-pode-prejudicar-criancas-vulneraveis-dizem-especialistas.ghtml?utm_source=push&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=pushg1&fbclid=IwAR04AgPagjGhOWUvHpRq9FDjSoXxBAcOCeqnKTViSdBmoq5xazVziJnhf7Y


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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/

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 Education Supervision Allowance

“Home educators are eligible for the home education supervision allowance. It is calculated on the number of children you are home educating. The annual total paid per child is as follows:

  • first child $743.00
  • second child $632.00
  • third child $521.00
  • subsequent children $372.00

‘The allowance is paid in instalments twice annually – in June and December each year – for the preceding 6 months. The first payment for a child new to home education will cover the period from the date of the issue of the Certificate of Exemption until the next payment round, either in June or December of that year.

“You must continue to meet the requirements of your Certification of Exemption to keep receiving the allowance.  You must complete a declaration to confirm this in April and October each year.

“It is important that the Ministry has your current address to post the declarations to you.

“A child can continue to receive the supervision allowance up until the end of the year in which they turn 19 provided their exemption certificate was issued before their 16th birthday and the declaration continues to be completed and returned to the Ministry.”

This is from the MoE link: https://parents.education.govt.nz/secondary-school/secondary-schooling-in-nz/home-education/?fbclid=IwAR1mfJz8luMJALVLg1RI4aA7l4mf6Fqy3163gmiNNsVFWChCWaktd6QXpG0#canigetanyfinancialsupport

The allowance comes up regularly in discussion groups on Facebook in NZ by those wanting to see it increased because there has been no increase in the allowance since it was introduced in 1990.  I have developed a post that I post each time the allowance comes up.

This is something that has been discussed a lot among home educators over the years. There has always been no agreement among home educators. There are those who would like more money and those who don’t receive the allowance at all. When we first started home schooling we didn’t receive any allowance – over 30 years ago in 1985 unofficially (Our oldest is 39 fully home educated).

The allowance just started coming in 1990 after the implementation of Tomorrow’s Schools in the 1989 Education act for no reason at all.

No home educator asked for it. Here is what Craig wrote in his “A Brief History of Home Education in New Zealand” part 2 http://hef.org.nz/about-us/a-brief-history-of-home-education-in-new-zealand-by-craig-smith/  

“1990 saw the introduction of the Home Schooling Supervisory Allowance, under then Minister of Education Phil Goff. This writer knows of no home educators who were lobbying for it: it appeared as a suggestion in the 1988 Picot Report and was picked up and instituted by the Tomorrow’s Schools policy document of 1989.”

When we looked into it we found that the Correspondence School people had lobbied for it. The Picot report lumped home schoolers in with the Correspondence school and decided that it would be good for home educators to get it too. Craig wrote to every new Education Minister to confirm that there were no strings attached to the allowance. So far there have been no strings attached to it. It is an allowance for supervising our children’s education. NOT an allowance for resources. We can spend the money on whatever we like – a new hairdo, drinks out with friends, a new washing machine etc.

We have always weighed up very carefully what battles to fight and when it is best to lie low. I know many people don’t agree with me but Craig (used to think) and I and many others think that this is an issue, at this time, especially under the current economic and social times, best left alone.

Yes, it would be nice to get more money – most of us are struggling to make ends meet. But we need to look at the issues.

1. Who owns the children? NOT the government, not even us. We have been given them to nurture and bring into adulthood where they will be their own person. The Government is more and more acting like they own our children. There are so many Govt compulsory things that effect our lives and our children’s lives – we don’t want to give our children over to the Govt any more than we have to. If we beg the Govt for more money then we are giving over a bit more of our children to the Govt.

2. As others have already mentioned we have opted out of the State Schooling system. Why would we want to opt in again?

3. If we ask for more money there could well come obligations with it. Look at what is happening to the Beneficaries. They have to work for 20 hours a week when their youngest turns 5 and 30 hours a week once their youngest turns 14. They are meant to be using a govt approved curriculum for their 3-5 year olds. With the way the govt is going at the moment I can’t imagine them giving out more money without obligations.

What might these obligations be:

A. A govt approved curriculum

B. Immunisations – fully immunised or no allowance

C. More paperwork – having to write reports on our children. The MoE wanted us to do this a few years back. We fought it and won. Otherwise we would all be having to write reports on our children twice a year.

D. More monitoring – more invasive monitoring to make sure we are keeping to the govt approved curriculum – schools

E. We could loose what we are already getting if we bring this to the authorities attention.

F. And possibly other things that don’t come to mind at the moment.

We need to be very careful about this. We need to have a united front. NCHENZ understands this and are walking a tightrope in some of their meetings with the MoE and home educators. We need to all support NCHENZ – get onto their committee, if we need to do that, so we can understand all the issues.

The govt wanted to save money so they looked around to see where they could make cuts. The MoE said that Home Educators were a low risk group so they cut the ERO reviews from about 600 a year to 35 a year (infact they are doing about 14-16 or less a year not the 35 budgeted for). Based on that it seems like we would be unlikely to get more money.

PLUS as mentioned by many home educators, who have been teachers or whose spouse is a teacher, the school teacher does not get all that comes to the school to spend on each child. It is there for the infustructure of the school – quoting Deborah “He said schools are given money for buildings, transport, teachers, admin and other things and they are not allowed to spend that money out of these accounts on children they are to spend it on the buildings etc. He said maybe if you added it all together it would be $6,000 dollars but don’t forget you have all this other stuff to pay for as health and safety is a issue in schools which you don’t have at home. Plus he said there can be money sitting at the end of the year in the building account and they can’t do anything with it but spend it on buildings. The schools are also audited to check where their money has gone so they can’t sneak money out and put it somewhere else. We don’t have near the costs at home that they do at a school and what is required in up keep to MoE for buildings and other stuff. He said that is why teachers ask for money for things for children at school because they are not given enough to cover students. The funding for class room resources is not enough he thinks. I know teachers myself who pay for stickers and other things for their children out of their pocket as they don’t get a massive class room allowance in some. One teacher said other than the resources that the school buy they maybe give $70.00 for the whole class for the year so if they want to do something different then they have to pay out of their pocket.”

Hanlie also mentioned in the earlier post: “I would be REALLY careful not to rock the boat on this one people. What we get is small change, but the reality is that if the attention is drawn to it or it becomes a burden they may reconsider it. You need to understand how the MoE functions and how they think and I think you can pretty much trust NCHENZ on this. My hubby is a small rural primary school principal and I can just say that it’s an accepted fact that the MoE does not even see them as a priority, their buildings are falling into disrepair, they have to make do with what they have and his non-contact hours are being cut further this year, which means many hours of recharging and family time not happening due to the increasing load of admintrative work he is required to do. They are investing millions in city decile 1 and 2 schools and in the leadership of the so-called school communities of learning. If the system or the MoE failed some of our children at school we have to be realistic, they aren’t going to fix that by increasing/updating our allowance. Also, they are not going to give us the same amount for each child, and after all people re-use resources, siblings work together, help each other etc. so it doesn’t really get double or multiple times more work to teach a whole family! Teachers don’t get paid more for every additional child in their class either.”

More comments from Facebook:

  1. I suppose when you weight up what you have to pay the school with fees, books, stationary, random fees and ‘school donations’ you technically gain at least another $1000 in what you don’t have to find per student.
  2. yip, I calculate it to be more than that with travel costs and lunches (for us) always end up costing more packed than made at home.
  3. From Corinne: Plus extra money spent on testing to have a ‘diagnosis’ so the school might finally have more realistic expectations and stop stressing your child so much, which – with or without testing – has emotional cost on all the family one way or another, and possible mental mealth treatment costs further down the line too…..
  4. From Courtney: There are many countries which don’t allow homeschooling, lets be grateful we can, and currently with minimal reporting to authorities. I understand its hard, but we knew that getting into it. I’d rather have nothing then rock the boat with MOE, especially given what’s currently happening with ECE.
  5. From Lara: If we were to get more money it has to come from somewhere. The schools can’t afford to have less funding they struggle as it is. It may feel unfair but at the end of the day the harder way isn’t always easy but well worth it in the end. The government struggles to pay for services and health and schools as it is, I am not keen on pushing it further for our gain.
  6. I can confirm a lot of the school budget part too btw, used to be PA and BOT secretary at a large urban primary school. It always seemed crazy how year after year all this money would come in, but maybe 1% would land in the “curriculum ?esources” part of the budget, and 1% at best for “professional development”. Funding for SEN was even lower, and already well over-allocated by the time my child’s needs were recognised. That’s a major reason why I didn’t stay and fight for in-school support: it became very clear that this would disadvantage others and not help her at all.
  7. From Erin: As you’ve seen from the multiple posts and replies there are two “camps” on this issue. What may not be aware of, is that the majority of people cautioning against pushing MoE for more money are the veteran homeschoolers. Not all, obviously, but most homeschoolers who have been involved in govt liason positions and/or homeschooling for 15-20 years, are cautious of bringing attention to something that could easily go in the opposite direction to what is being asked. 
    Strangely, (in my mind anyway!), Labour has historically been less favourable towards homeschooling than National so for a start, the issue shouldn’t be pushed (IMO) during a Labour govt. Secondly, you need to weigh up your costs of bringing a community of 6500 children and families to the government and media’s attention. Do you realise that most people have no idea that we can homeschool with no qualifications, checkups, or exams? That is unusual worldwide and the fact that we receive any allowance (and a totally unregulated one at that) is pretty spectacular compared to other countries.  
    So yes – school gets more and it would be good for us to get it too. But the cost of asking the government to look into it, could be far greater than most of us are prepared to pay.
  8. And from another teacher: As a primary school teacher I have spent a huge amount of my take home pay on classroom/teaching supplies and resources. Don’t be fooled thinking that the schools get heaps. Yeah they are allocated funding to purchase resources but usually this budget allocation decided on by a small number of senior staff and/or BOT and I can assure you in many (or most schools) very little is allocated to individual teachers for expenses in their own classrooms. Multiply costs by 20-30 and it can end up very expensive. While I understand what you are trying to Express in your letter, I think it’s a sentiment shared by all educators, home and school, and as a (now) home educator I’m just happy to have my children home with me.
  9. England gets nothing and they are currently going through a process of screwing home educators over in terms of requirements and expectations, whereas previously the argument in England was; don’t ask for money bc that comes with loss of freedom. Now freedom is being lost still without money at the moment.
    And the majority would choose no money with freedom rather than money without freedom. 
    I’d caution bringing any attention to it whatsoever bc you don’t want them to start looking into their policy and following suit from England.

Another thought… it is hard for all of us to get by on a diminished income due to home educating… even middle income families struggle more and more in the current economic climate but most of us can do something to help ourselves. Be innovative – begin a family venture and get the children to help plan and do it, let’s teach them the value of entrepreneurship while we have the golden opportunity of being at home with them. Schools do this all the time to raise money for the classroom – fundraising drives selling chocolates etc, fairs etc

AND Parents have to pay heaps to keep their children in school.

PLUS most Countries in the world do not get the Home Schooling allowance.

NCHENZ are looking into this and are listening to all our comments. They want what is best for home educators. They are constantly monitoring the situation.

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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/

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

MoE statistics on Home education in New Zealand as at 1 July 2018

Summary

As at 1 July 2018, there were 6,298 home schooled students. These students belong to 3,395 families and represent 0.8% of total school enrolments as at 1 July 2018. Out of the 6,298 homeschoolers 67.4% were aged 12 or under, 69.1% had been home-schooled for less than 5 years, and only 3.8% had been home-schooled for 10 years or more.

European/P?keh? students are more likely to be homeschooled than any other ethnic group with 79.3% of all homeschoolers identifying as European/P?keh? compared to 49.1% of the total school population. Only 9.4% of homeschoolers identify as M?ori compared to 24.1% of the total school population, 2.7% of homeschoolers identify as Pacific compared to 9.8% of the total school population, and 2.2% of homeschoolers identify as Asian compared to 12.6% of the total school population. The ethnicity of 1.7% of homeschoolers is unknown.

The box below provides a number of downloads relating to the number of students in homeschooling.

Homeschooling Students Time Series Downloads: File Type & Size 

Homeschooling Turnover

Between 1 July 2017 and 1 July 2018 there was an overall net increase of 290 students; 1,320 students entered into homeschooling and 1,030 students finished homeschooling.

The average age of the 1,320 students entering into homeschooling was 9 years old, 85.9% were aged 12 or under and 0.6% were age 16 or above. Of the students entering homeschooling during the year ending 1 July 2018, 75.3% identified as European/P?keh?, 13.1% identified as M?ori, 2.7% identified as Pacific, 2.3% identified as Asian, and 0.4% of homeschoolers ethnicity were unknown.

The average age of the 1,030 students finishing homeschooling was 13 years old, 46.1% were aged 12 or under, and 23.5% were 16-years old or above. Of the students finishing homeschooling during the year ending 1 July 2018, 25.8% had been in homeschooling less than a year, 38.5% had been in homeschooling for 1 – 5 years, and 13.7% had been in homeschooling for 10 years or more. The average time spent in homeschooling of leaving students was 4.1 years.

The box below provides a number of one-on-one dimensional tables relating to homeschooling turnover.

Homeschooling One-on-One Table Downloads: File Type & Size 

CONTACT MoE

Education Data Requests 
If you have any questions about education data then please contact the MoE at:
Email:      Requests EDK
Phone:    +64 4 463 8065

https://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/statistics/schooling/student-numbers/homeschooling

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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/

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