October 19, 2017

Home Education Awareness Week (HEAW) 9 – 14 October 2017

Home Education Awareness Week (HEAW) 9 – 14 October 2017

Home Educators all over the country use this as an opportunity to do something special to raise their profile locally and develop a bit of positive public relations. This helps in gaining the movement a bit more credibility, especially when applying for grants or discounts with resource suppliers, or for admission to tertiary institutions or gaining help and advice from schools and perhaps even the use of some of their resources. And of course the benefits would be examined by more people, thereby bringing more people into the home schooling movement and your local support group.

For more information on HEAW go to: http://hef.org.nz/2007/home-education-awareness-week/

Please share this information with other home educators and home education groups you are in

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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

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Tales2go

An email from Joanna about Tales2go:

 I would like to start a group subscription to Tales2go. I was in this when I lived in Australia and it was a fantastic resource. A homeschooling group membership costs $US10 per year, instead of their individual membership rate of $US100. While in Aus our family listenend to heaps of books while doing chores, travelling, for bedtime stories when my voice was hoarse etc. The catch is that I need 50 families.
 https://www.tales2go.com/. As soon as I get 50 interested people I will get a code, then all interested people can subscribe with their own email address and the code. Thanks!

Please reply to:

Joanna
0275292160
hingstonfamily@gmail.com

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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

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FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP & HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE 2017

Following our well-received Family Discipleship conferences in 2014 and 2015,Family Heritage NZ Ministries is pleased to now present:

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP & HOMESCHOOL CONFERENCE 2017

Thurs 28 Sept – Fri 29 Sept

Venue: Manawatu

Keynote Speaker: Norm Wakefield  (Spirit of Elijah Ministries) coming from Texas, USA

Conference Theme: Building a Godly Legacy

Our Family Discipleship conferences are directed more to the spiritual aspect of home education rather than academics and curriculum.

Visit www.familyheritage.nz or our Facebook page Family Heritage NZ for more details and to register.

SPEAKERS:

– Norm Wakefield will be coming from Texas USA.

Norm established Spirit of Elijah Ministries while he was pastor at Coast Community Church, California.  He’s been a speaker at international homeschool conferences for 25 years and is a homeschool father and grandfather.

– AND Ken Carpenter, Franklin Springs Family Media (skype)

– AND Robert Hunt, Creation Ministries International

– AND Roy Savage, Tasmania, Australia (skype)

– AND local homeschooling parents and graduates

CHOIR: Registrations are now open for our popular conference choir.

Visit www.familyheritage.nz for details and to register for choir.

We are excited to announce two new initiatives for this year’s conference: 

Christian Homeschool Video Competition

Prize of $250 for best entry.

Produce a 3-6 min video on the Conference Theme or Scripture verse.

Judged before the conference, the winning entry will be shown at conference.

Entries close 13 Sept 2017.

Contact us admin@familyheritage.nz to receive conditions of entry.

Talents for Christ Presentations

Discover and upskill the talents that lie within you or your family. You’re invited to present an item as a solo or family group item from 3 categories (vocal, stringed instrument including piano or memorised scripture recitation) and be given tips as to how you can make your presentation more effective in Christian ministry.

Contact us admin@familyheritage.nz to get full details and to register.

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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

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From Homeschool Heartbeat: WORK+HOMESCHOOL

I have not listened to this yet. Whenever I have listened to Homeschool Heartbeat it has always been helpful and encouraging. So I think this will be as well.

Work + Homeschool: The Paradox That’s Helping Families Soar: An Interview with Pamela Price
How can you successfully homeschool your kids and work at the
same time? Is that even possible?
Tune in to this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat as Pamela Price—a
blogger, author, and homeschooling mom—offers tips and guidance
for working homeschool parents.
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In this podcast, you’ll learn about:
  • How to become a successful ‘homeschool entrepreneur’
  • The diversity of homeschooling
  • Why self-care is so important
  • How to homeschool as a single parent
  • The most essential thing for working homeschool parents
  • to remember
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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

 

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Cuban Parents Sentenced, Judge Denounces “Capitalist” Homeschooling

April 26, 2017

Sign the petition to support the Rigals

Mike Donnellyby Mike DonnellyHSLDA Director of Global Outreach

HELP THE RIGAL FAMILY

Ramón and Adya Rigal have been sentenced, but are appealing their conviction. We are asking our members and friends to join us by signing a petition to the Cuban government to respect the rights of parents to homeschool their children and to cease its prosecution of the Rigal family.

SIGN THE PETITION »

Yesterday, a Cuban court sentenced pastor Ramón Rigal to a year in prison for homeschooling his children. Ramón’s wife, Adya, was ordered to spend a year under house arrest.

According to Ramón, authorities used the three-hour trial more as a platform for denouncing alternatives to state education than as a venue for delivering justice.

“They would not let me speak in my defense,” Ramón told me after the Tuesday trial. “I brought evidence that my children were learning—notebooks and materials—[but] they didn’t care.”

No justice in this court

The Rigals decided to homeschool their children earlier this year in order to remove them from an environment where they were being bullied and indoctrinated in the state school system.

In February, the couple were arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors for failing to send their children to state schools.

Ramón said he had intended to present a defense at the trial based on Cuba’s constitution and various international human rights treaties the nation has ratified. But his efforts were curtailed as authorities focused on defending the state system.

“When I tried to tell the judge about my evidence or to say that the government was acting unfairly, the judge told me that if I continued to speak she would have me removed from the courtroom,” Ramón said.

The judge also refused to hear testimony from a dozen witnesses Ramón had assembled to speak on his behalf. “Whenever I tried to bring up one of my witnesses,” Ramón said, “the judge would tell them to ‘get out of here.’”

The court relied instead on what appeared to be scripted presentations from state employees drafted as witnesses: a school director, school psychologist, teachers and a juvenile probation officer. The prosecutor asked them all the same basic questions and received the same answers: that only trained teachers are qualified to inculcate socialist values.

In closing remarks, the government prosecutor summarized the case this way: Homeschooling “is not allowed in Cuba because it has a capitalist foundation.”

Ramón’s account of the trial was distressing, but not surprising. It was just about what one expects from the communist courts of Cuba—anything but justice. Their jurisprudence reflects a disregard for accepted principles of due process and the rule of law, as well as Cuba’s international human rights obligations.

The outcome could have been worse; the Rigals faced up to eight years in prison and risked the state taking custody of their children. They were also given three days to appeal. However, finding attorneys willing to help them challenge a legal system overseen by the ruling Communist Party presents a major difficulty.

Communist governments do not appreciate lawyers who are willing to defend people whose human rights have been violated. Officials in communist China recently arrested hundreds of lawyers who were then accused of disloyalty for denouncing abuses by the government.

A courageous example

“This is a great injustice,” said Ramón. “They are trying to force us to send our children only to state schools—not having the option for the children to be taught at home. They should respect the right that parents have based on the human right to teach their children and to respect their faith and the right to homeschool.”

His wife added that she fears not only for the future of their family but for the congregation Ramón pastors.

“I am worried for my children and my husband,” Adya said. “We are only trying to do what is best for our children. I do not want to be separated from my husband. Our children need him. Our church needs our pastor. My children are very sad and worried.”

Although Ramón would prefer to remain in Cuba, he hopes that the United States may offer refuge to his family since the Cuban authorities are determined to jail him rather than allow him to homeschool his children.

Home School Legal Defense Association will continue to support the Rigals, and we encourage the global homeschooling community to affirm the parents’ right to teach their children at home.

The Rigal family are a courageous example to all of us who enjoy the freedom to homeschool our children. They are standing up to a totalitarian government that—no surprise—represses home education despite having signed international agreements urging respect for freedom of conscience and parental rights. Democratic countries like Germany and Sweden that similarly repress home education should question their policies, which are as draconian as communist Cuba.

Freedom is a precious gift that must be protected and passed on to future generations. It is a privilege to serve families like the Rigals and others whose courage and example inspire all of us to reflect on the blessings of liberty that we enjoy.

You can send a message to the Cuban government by signing this petition calling on them to respect the Rigal family’s right to homeschool their children.

HELP THE RIGAL FAMILY

Ramón and Adya Rigal have been sentenced, but are appealing their conviction. We are asking our members and friends to join us by signing a petition to the Cuban government to respect the rights of parents to homeschool their children and to cease its prosecution of the Rigal family.

SIGN THE PETITION »

Read more here: https://www.hslda.org/hs/international/Cuba/201704260.asp

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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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