April 30, 2016

‘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.

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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