July 4, 2015

Values Lessons NZ

Email from long time home educator: Jenny

Hi Barbara,

After teaching character qualities in an after school club for ten years, I decided to share my lesson plans with other homeschoolers and teachers.
I’ve put a website together with over a hundred lesson ideas for teaching children biblical character. It covers these core values: kindness, truthfulness, forgiveness, the power of words, making right choices, honesty, patience and thankfulness.
It includes a main lesson and these follow up lessons for each character quality: an activity, puppet play, clapping rhyme, folk tale, movie clip, quotes, a NZ history story, games, object lessons and a code of conduct. Here’s the link:
Thanks heaps.
God bless,
Jenny

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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/

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Warehouse Stationery – Get NZ Writing

From Warehouse Stationery:

We’re encouraging Kiwi children to handwrite these school holidays, because handwriting helps them learn, create and feel great.

To do this, we’ve created a cool selection of postcards instore so children can write a message and send it to someone they love in New Zealand for FREE.

You’ll find them instore. So come down to your local Warehouse Stationery and get writing!

LEARN MORE ›

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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/

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ENGAGE 2015 Family Discipleship & Home Education Conference

An Email from Kris Baines:

Hi All,

Just a note to say registrations are now open for the ENGAGE 2015 Family Discipleship & Home Education Conference here in Christchurch, to be held 14-15 Aug. We are hosting this conference with the aim to encourage and equip home-educating families in their task. It will also be a time for spiritual refreshment, a time to renew vision/direction, and a time to network and fellowship with like-minded families. The conference will feature local speakers and some live “skype-ins” from international speakers (including Scott Brown & Kevin Swanson).

Early bird pricing applies until 17 July.

Please visit http://www.engageconference.org.nz for more info and to register.

Please advise if you require any posters/flyers for your church/organisation.

Blessings,

Kris Baines

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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/

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FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP & HOMESCHOOL WINTER CONFERENCE 2015

_Growing Great Christian Families_

FRIDAY 24 JULY – SATURDAY 25 JULY

CONFERENCE VENUE:  QUEEN ST GOSPEL CHAPEL,  541 QUEEN ST, LEVIN

Receive fresh vision, be encouraged in your  efforts and meet or reconnect with other like-minded Bible-based Christian folk.

This year’s conference has been extended by an extra day so you have more time to fellowship.

The conference is being organised by local Bible-based Christian homeschool parents and is supported by the organisations and businesses set out below.

It will begin at 9am, Friday 24 July and finish with a bring-and-share meal on Saturday 25 July evening.

Please pass this notice on to any other Christian families or homeschool families who you think might like to come.

 All sessions will be taught from a Biblical worldview and will include topics such as:

  •  Homeschooling – learn about or refresh your vision of why we do what we do, raising children who will love Christ above all
  •  Family discipleship- what is it? Equipping mums and dads with Bible principles for passing on the baton of faith to our children
  •  Family integrated church – why the church and the family need each other
  •  Best kept secret – family worship – why do it? & How? Practical tips for newbies and the old-hands
  •  Creation science – exploring topics relevant to the whole family
  •  Family business and entrepreneurship – how working together with your children can strengthen the ties that bind and provide unique discipleship opportunities
  •  Rural living – hear how God has inspired other Christian homeschool families in this area

 Speakers will include video and/or live presentations from:

  •  Local kiwi Dads and families sharing their experiences and insights
  •  Kris Baines and Jason Winslade, Redemption Church, Christchurch
  •  Robert Hunt, Creation Ministries International

Plus sessions featuring recorded insights from family-integrated church
pastors and homeschool advocates:

  •  Kevin Swanson, Generations with Vision
  •  Scott Brown, National Centre for Family Integrated Churches

For more information and a complete schedule please visit our website,
www.familydiscipleship.nz [1].

FAMILY CONCERT: Friday Night Family Concert – featuring beautiful old
Gospel songs and many favourite hymns.
BOOK SALES: Will be available on the topics addressed at the conference.
ACCOMMODATION:  If you are able to _offer_ accommodation to an attending family, or if you _need_ accommodation,  please contact us.  There are also several holiday parks in the Horowhenua area
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 CHILDREN: For most sessions, children are encouraged to stay in the main auditorium and learn alongside their parents.
The speakers are experienced in catering to all-age audiences.
For some sessions, a children’s programme (ages 5-10 yrs old) will be available. Children must be registered  by 14 July to participate in this.
INFANTS & TODDLERS: Rooms for restless younger children and sleeping
babies will be available. There will be audio-visual feed from the main auditorium.

 COST:
Early-bird price (extended till 14 July) $35/one adult    $55/family
From 15 July      $40/one adult     $65/family
Day visitor (Fri only or Sat only):  $30/one adult     $40/family (no early-bird price available)
 Children’s programme (5-10 yrs old):      $5/child     maximum of $20/family
(only children registered by 14 July may attend the children’s programme).

 TO REGISTER:
E-mail admin@familydiscipleship.nz, visit www.familydiscipleship.nz
[1]  or ring Sara 027-4907-969.
For further info ring Bart  022-3570714  or Alison 06-3427570  or Sara 027-4907-969

Sincerely
on behalf of the Conference organising team

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP & HOMESCHOOLING WINTER CONFERENCE 2015 is supported and sponsored by
Home Education Foundation, NZ www.hef.org.nz [2]
Rural Geek www.ruralgeek.co.nz [3]
Zion Motors Ltd, Paraparaumu www.zionmotors.co.nz [4]
OakTree Christian Music Academy Ltd www.oaktreemusic.co.nz [5]

Links:
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[1] http://www.familydiscipleship.nz
[2] http://www.hef.org.nz/
[3] http://www.ruralgeek.co.nz/
[4] http://www.zionmotors.co.nz/
[5] http://www.oaktreemusic.co.nz/

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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/

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Email from the National Library

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

Tena koe Barbara

We thought the Home Education Foundation might be interested in an update on the National Library Services to Schools Transformation.  We would appreciate it you could circulate this update to others within the Home Education Foundation as you deem appropriate.

Services to Schools Update

In this update

•             Project overview

•             Interest from schools

•             Implementation 2016

•             Service concepts

•             Expert input

•             Proposed changes to National Library Services to Schools Team

Project overview

As you know we are changing the way National Library supports schools; that’s in order for us to increase the reach and impact of our service.

Our vision is that young people have access to effective and connected library services and library learning environments that support their development as readers and digitally literate learners.

The basis for the transformation was articulated in an independent review in 2012 by highly respected educationalist Mary Chamberlain, MNZM.

The transformation will enable us to:

•             Improve reading engagement for students

•             Support digital literacy for students and teachers

•             Support the development of modern library learning environments

Our Services Strategy 2015-2018, approved last year, signalled the move to a new operating model, structure and culture to deliver the above.

The new operating model will ensure our team has the confidence and capability to provide a sustainable service that’s fit for the 21st Century learning environment.

The new operating model will be implemented over the next four years.

We’ve listened to feedback and have invited others to work with us on finalising the new model.

We are receiving input from schools, thought leaders and expert practitioners in education, library and digital development and our own National Library staff to further refine these services through to the end of 2018.

Interest from schools

When we approached schools to be one of 15 to work closely with us on refining the new services we had no idea we would receive so many applications.

Registrations of interest closed in May with more than 190 schools putting their hands up to work with us.

We have now confirmed the 15 schools who will work closely with us over the next 18 months.  They have been chosen on a set of criteria which include location, decile, type and size of school.

The list of the 15 schools is available on Services to Schools website.

We are also keen to keep in close touch with the other 170+ schools that came forward so they can contribute to the transformation that will be taking place.

We will be inviting them to join us in a series of workshops around the country in term three to help provide input ahead of the design of prototype services.

Implementation 2016

The new service offering for schools will commence with prototype services starting to come into effect from the beginning of the school year in January 2016.

When these new services come into effect we will still see them as ‘prototype’ services, subject to a further year of testing and shaping with schools and experts.

We intend to communicate with schools during the second half of term three 2015 regarding how they can access our services in the 2016 school year.

Service concepts

We are currently working on how each of the new services will look.  The first step of this process has been working with our own staff.

The next step will be to involve our 15 schools and expert practitioners to get these services ready for prototyping in 2016.

Expert input

A project reference group has been established to help us transform our services.

The project reference group is made up of strategic thinkers from the education, library and digital development fields.  This group will provide input on the transformation and will challenge and test our thinking.  They will meet twice yearly until the end of 2017.

Proposed changes to National Library team

In order to support and deliver these transformed services we need to look internally at the organisational structure required in the Services to Schools Team. We embarked on a consultation with our staff this week about the operational structure of Services to Schools.

This exercise will take place in advance of the new service offering referred to earlier in this update. Final decisions are to be made in August following staff consultation.

We are committed to increasing the reach and impact of our services to schools and we are confident that the changes proposed will enable us to do this.

To this end the key change proposed is to introduce more of a national delivery model with lending services provided from Christchurch in the South and Auckland in the North.

If you have any questions please contact Geraldine Howell, Director Literacy, Learning and Public Programmes on 04 474 3071 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

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

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