April 21, 2014

A Letter to the Subscribers of Keystone and TEACH Bulletin

Dear Subscribers,

UPDATE ON THE HOME EDUCATION FOUNDATION

In July 2011 we wrote informing you of Craig’s brain tumour and saying that we wouldn’t be doing anything with the Home Education Foundation (“HEF”) for at least the remainder of 2011. Craig died on 30 September 2011 and we are now ready to give you an update on the status and direction of HEF. Thank you very much for your patience.

The Trustees of HEF made the following decisions at an AGM in January 2012:

Keystone

A.  This will continue however it will change from being published four times a year to being published when time permits.

B. Subscriptions will be changed from expiring with a certain month to expiring after a certain number of issues. Your address label will change slightly to now indicate how many issues you still have to come.

C. New subscribers will sign up for a particular number of issues.

D.  Craig was halfway through the July 2011 issue of Keystone when he died. Barbara will complete this and send it out as time is permitting.

E. After this another family will take over sourcing articles and putting Keystone together.

F.  If you are not happy with this for your future Keystones please let Barbara know and she will send you a full refund of your remaining subscriptions.

TEACH Bulletin

A.  This will no longer continue in published form.

B. Material which would previously have appeared in TEACH will now be put straight up on the website: http://hef.org.nz/teach/

C. Refunds on TEACH subscriptions will be posted out after we have finished fixing up all the end of year financial reports.

D. Thank you to everyone who said that HEF may keep the remainder of their subscriptions as a donation if we cease publication.

Books

The Home Education Foundation will continue to sell books and has some new books which will be advertised soon.

Trademe (fees added):  http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=2366144

and

Sella (No added fees):  http://www.sella.co.nz/store/4ym9qg/home-education-foundation/display-100

Enquiries from new home educators and those seeking curriculum or general advice

A. Barbara has to guard her time in order to home educate her own young ones, so,

B. These sorts of enquiries will be passed on to local support groups, or,

C. Anybody who would like us to advertise their availability to assist with such enquiries.

Difficult home educating cases

A. Barbara is available to help with difficult cases with the MoE, ERO, CYPs and the Police.

B. She has helped with a number already since Craig’s death and so far all have had a good outcome—even if just that the ERO has agreed to another review in three or six months

C. Craig was very good at this and while Barbara is on a very fast learning curve she has certainly benefited from helping Craig on various cases over so many years.

Thank you for your prayers, support and patience over the past nine months. God has been gracious.

Yours sincerely,

The Trustees

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 22 May 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click 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:

http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:
http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

 

Our ratings among New Zealand blogs – June 09

FROM:  Open Parachute blog http://openparachute.wordpress.com/2009/07/03/nz-blog-ranks-june-09/

For more information about these ratings check out the link above at Open Parachute..

KiwiSmithFamily is rated in the 101-150 blogs in New Zealand.
The Home Education Foundation and Family Integrity come in at 150-200.
These sections are in alphabetical order.

Total Rank

Change

Name

Rank

Links

RSS subs

1

0

Kiwiblog

1

1

1

2

0

Public Address

2

4

1

3

0

frogblog

3

2

13

4

0

The Standard 2.02

4

3

16

5

1

Not PC

5

7

11

6

3

TUMEKE!

7

12

17

7

-2

No Right Turn

31

9

3

8

0

The Dim-Post

10

21

13

9

-2

The Inquiring Mind

18

14

53

10

0

Whale Oil Beef Hooked

53

5

46

11

1

Halfdone

14

17

61

12

5

MacDoctor Moments

17

25

51

13

12

MandM

16

21

10%

14

-3

Auckland Daily Photo

46

12

38

15

-2

No Minister

6

50

34

16

5

Open Parachute

12

41

41

17

6

The Wellingtonista

30

52

5

18

-4

Liturgy

51

16

46

19

-4

In a stange land

47

28

24

20

39

Life is not a race to be first finished

34

51

9

21

13

Cactus Kate

9

79

10

22

8

Kiwipolitico

20

33

77

23

-5

Beatie’s Book Blog

40

35

36

24

4

Wellington Daily Photo

50

23

35

25

-9

Jack Yan: The Persuader

72

11

43

26

-2

The Fundy Post

60

24

22

27

-7

New Zeal

25

59

24

28

-10

Nelson Daily Photo

48

10

108

29

-7

The Hand Mirror

15

85

12

30

-4

New Zealand Conservative

8

46

101

31

-4

The visible hand in economics

13

31

148

32

7

Allthings2all

130

8

27

33

-2

Ethical Martini

26

45

69

34

27

Offsetting Behaviour

37

55

39

35

-2

Liberty Scott

35

57

44

36

9

Stephenfranks.co.nz

43

47

46

37

-1

Hot Topic

27

53

74

38

-3

Keeping Stock

22

69

62

39

-10

Derek’s blog

100

37

6

40

new

Artichoke

123

30

3

41

6

Hitting Metal With A Hammer

44

38

85

42

1

Lindsay Mitchell

24

63

81

43

19

Silent running

66

6

182

44

-2

Clint Heine and Friends

31

73

64

45

12

Big News

19

62

127

46

-9

sustain:if:able kiwi

69

28

83

47

-15

Capitalism is bad

177

15

21

48

-10

Radical Cross Stitch

41

111

7

49

new

Lively

61

42

86

50

22

Knowledge Workers

28

61

122

51

4

Media Law Journal

66

66

31

52

19

Educational Origami

10%

84

22

53

-3

Oswald Bastable’s Ranting

28

87

74

54

new

A cat of impossible colour

52

86

33

55

-14

Homepaddock

11

130

40

56

-10

Christchurch Daily Photo

73

39

93

57

-6

from the morgue

92

49

57

10%

-4

Reading the Maps

68

68

49

59

-19

Poneke’s Weblog

36

132

8

60

-7

Just Left

57

102

15

61

-13

Object dart

97

60

45

62

26

Educating the dragon

78

83

20

63

-14

Anti-Dismal

33

110

65

64

-20

Barnsley Bill

20

127

65

65

-9

Pacific Empire

96

40

96

66

2

Anarchia

127

27

90

67

35

Red Alert

95

32

145

68

-16

Pundit

82

19

185

69

new

Teaching Sagittarian

64

67

99

70

-3

Put ‘em all on an island

82

80

55

71

4

John Key

48

70

139

72

new

Signposts

42

105

81

73

-13

Christchurch City Libraries Blog

125

72

29

74

-10

En Avant

102

77

49

75

-17

The Hive

98

95

28

76

-10

roarprawn

38

108

115

77

-9

Evolving Newsroom

82

120

24

78

new

Contradiction

157

47

76

79

-14

Kotare

137

94

19

80

-10

Policy Blog

126

36

154

81

-7

Greenpeace New Zealand Weblog

65

43

233

82

new

Adventure into romance

143

34

149

83

-20

Greg’s Blog

148

90

29

84

-4

NewZblog

117

65

101

85

new

Luddite Journo

79

89

113

86

0

Einstein Music Journal

56

97

146

87

new

Robyn’s Secret Passage

113

109

37

88

-15

ACT New Zealand blogs

92

26

289

89

-8

Bowalley Road

112

99

71

90

-13

Bioblog

55

81

219

91

-15

Prodigal Kiwi(s) Blog

89

150

18

92

-10

Greenflame

139

74

108

93

30

Liberation

63

153

51

94

-15

Samuel Dennis

45

124

174

95

6

CORE

104

93

131

96

-3

Art and my life

140

92

94

97

-8

Webweaver’s world

135

122

59

98

-15

Monkey with typewriter

54

160

84

99

-15

Bits on the side

175

75

121

100

8

Say Hello

110

101

132

101 – 150

Against the current
Alliance Party of New Zealand
Aotearoa: a wider perspective
Auckland Blog
Beautiful Monsters
Being Frank
Blessed Economist
café pacific
Canterbury Atheists
Christian News NZ
Daily New Zealand News
Dave Gee: Life from Right Field
Education investigation
Eye of the Fish
Fighting talk
g.blog
get the skinny:[from skinny]
goNZo Freakpower Brains Trust
Hamilton Daily Photo
Henry
Humanitarian Chronicle
Joe Hendren
Karl du Fresne
KiwiSmithFamily
Lefthandpalm
Love in a tent
Micky’s muses . . From the antipodes
Mulholland Drive
NZ Blogosphere
PM of NZ
Put up thy Sword!
RobiNZ Personal Blog
SageNZ
Semper Vita
Sharing the addiction
Socialist Aotearoa
Stargazer
Su’s Sound Bites
Tauranga Daily Photo
TBR.cc
the gossip
The Republican Movement of Aotearoa new Zealand
The sound of butterflies
The world according to Misha
theSection59Blog
This is halfpie
Thoughtspurs
Unity Blog
whoar.co.nz
Workers Party

150 – 200

A Sensitivity to Things
Alf Grumble
Ali’s blog
All embracing, but underwhelming
Bill English
Blogging it real
Brian Edward’s Media
Canvassing for opinion
cbmilne33
Contra Celsum
Cr!key Creek
dad4justice
definitive
Developing the mind of Christ
Distractions
ragonsingDer
Dunedin Public Libraries news and reviews blog
Ellis in Wellyland
ereport
Family integrity
Funerals and snakes
Genius
Home Education Foundation
I see red
ki ta himi titiro
Leigh Blackall
Lunchbox
Manaia Kindergarten
Maori Party
Naketa’s Blog
Neil Stockley
Nevermind
Not quite perfect
NZ Conservative
Opposable thumb
People Points
Physics Stop
Planet NZ Tech
Prog blog
rob’s blockhead blog
simon.net.nz
Spleen
Stanselen
Star Studded Super Step
The Fairfacts Media Show
Thinking Matters Talk
Truth Seeker
Turning the supertanker
United Future
Website.net.nz

201 – 370 (Check out the link at the top of this post to see theses rates and more…)

Home Education Workshop, Sat. 18 October 2008

Home Education Workshop, Sat. 18 October 2008

9-5pm at Harmony House, 541Ruahine St., Palmerston North. $15 per person or couple or $5 per session.

Explore the many facets of the growing movement to educate your own children at home, providing a curriculum tailor-made to fit your children’s interests, abilities and learning styles. You can be in charge of what values they do and don’t get exposed to, how fast they advance and the levels of work and discipline that you are convinced are best.

Long-time home educating parents of eight, Craig & Barbara Smith plus former teacher and now home educator Erena Fussell, who have a combined total of 51 years’ experience teaching their own children at home, will explore legal and curriculum issues, burnout, motivation, vision, practical issues and more. A range of resource material will also be on display from the Home Education Foundation, LearnEX, Geneva Books, Dayspring Christian Academy, Issacharian Books, plus second hand items. More information at www.hef.org.nz, barbara@hef.org.nz or ring 357-4399.

More info on 18 Oct Workshop Palmerston North

More information on some of the workshop sessions:

1st Session:

Living Room Adventures - History alive in your own home! Combine it with related literature and  you enliven your study and your children’s minds even more. Examples and discussion time.

Home Education – Getting things into Perspective”
This would be a good keynote message. It is an all round message – something for everyone.
Covers things like:

  • What”s it all about
  • Schooling versus education
  • Character training
  • Can I do this: parents’ qualifications
  • Tutoring/Mentoring
  • Where is this going: developing vision

Some comments from those who have attended this workshop in the past:

  • Great input from Craig Smith on stepping back and looking at the “big picture” of why and how we are home educating.
  • Thought provoking and interesting. Took on board idea of evaluating & teaching “our” kids to their abilities and interests.
  • Entertaining – good shot at a very broad subject.
  • Craig Smith is just gold! :) Whatever conferences you have, you MUST have Craig!
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2nd Session:

“Getting Started, dealing with MOE/ERO, pulling children out of School, doing exemption form etc”
Legal aspects; curriculum materials; educational approaches
A comment about this elective:

  • Excellent. Practical and helpful information presented in a relaxed style – I took heaps of notes. I would recommend this session.
“Avoiding Burnout – Keeping Going When the Going Gets Tough” 1 1/2 hrs
Symptoms of burnout
Causes of home school burnout
Strategies for avoiding burnout

Comments made to us after this talk:

  • I was going to send my children back to school until I heard you give this talk. Now I am going to keep home educating them
  • I was really worried about home schooling. I didn’t think I could do it. After hearing this talk I’m going back to fill in my exemption form.

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3rd Session –
“Choosing or Developing Your Own Curriculum”
Exploring a number of issues around choosing a curriculum or developing your own.

“Training Our Children’s minds”, “The Tools of Learning” and “Motivation”
Barbara takes the Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric stages of a classical education and applies it to a Hebrew/Interpersonal approach. This is a good workshop no matter what curriculum you are using or not using.

Here are some comments made about these electives:

  • Very valuable info picked up from this session
  • I would like to let you know how much I enjoyed your talk – and how very inspired it left me! My children are all under 10, so we began straight away (we have been un-schooling), and after only one week, all the kids are doing really well. (So am I – I like the simplicity.) So, thank you very much – keep up the good work. Kind Regards, Vicki.
  • Thanks sooo much for your time on Saturday at WHSA. I enjoyed listening to you both. Barbara, I am going to introduce your memory box – daily, weekly etc! – Love Leanne
  • Thank you for all the work you did to prepare and present the classical homeschooling workshops in South Auckland. It was a real encouragement. Thank you for sharing your vision for homeschooling. Thank you for generously giving your time in this way, for sharing your love for the Lord and how that translates into educating your children. Love, Tarnya
  • I went to the homeschool workshop last weekend, and it was lovely to see some of you there. Barbara Smith led some excellent workshops on classical education. I was renewed in my vision for where we are going and in the joy of the journey!
  • Good explanation of the logic stage in classical education. Still very down-to-earth and practical. Appreciated finding out about resources.

Some comments in the Wellington Home Schoolers Association newsletter:

  • The Classical Education session was what I enjoyed, especially the reminder that one to the best things I could do for my children was to read myself and also to read to the children more. I like the idea of memory cards for maths facts, memory verses, poems, etc. Kaye
  • I particularly enjoyed the Classical Education session led by Barbara Smith. I realised I have trained my mind very successfully to “forget”, rather than remember. I have instigated the memory card idea in our home, and am now focusing on training minds to “remember”. Jennifer
  • The idea that grabbed my attention in the Classical Education session was that after the children have mastered the basic facts, it should only take 2-4 years to teach them the tools of learning! i.e. how to write an essay, take notes, summarise material, and how to research, etc. Once they have the tools they can then learn whatever they want to, and hopefully you will then have a motivated, independent learner. The other idea that I found helpful is the one about the stages of learning – the age of knowledge when facts are easily learned, followed by the age of understanding, which is then followed by the wisdom age, when things will be applied. Jocelyn
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4th Session:
“Home Educating Through Secondary and Preparing For Tertiary Education and the Workforce”
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There will be a number of stands with books and curriculum on them.

Home Education Foundation

Learnex

Dayspring

Geneva Books

Second Hand Books

Issacharian

There will also be a second hand books table that is usually really popular. Bring your own to sell as well.

You can come to all the conference or to just some of the sessions. Individual sessions are $5.00 each.

You can bring a baby and quiet children. There will be no children’s programme or creche.

Home Education Workshop Palmerston North Sat 18 October 2008

Sat 18 October 2008
Home Education Workshop
Palmerston North

Venue: Reformed Church, 541 Ruahine St., Palmerston North
Cost: $15 per family or $5.00 per session
Contact: Barbara, (06) 357-4399, barbara@hef.org.nz
Programme
9:00am – Registration, look at curriculum/books stands
9:15 – Welcome & Notices
9:30-10:30 – 2 Electives
1.Erena Fussell of LearnEx: Living Room Adventures: History alive in your own home! Combine it with related literature and you enliven your study and your children’s minds even more. Examples and discussion time.
2.Craig Smith: Getting Things into Perspective (including Dad’s essential role and how we can reform the future through home education).

10:30-11:00 – Morning Tea, look at stands
11:00-12:30 – 2 Electives
1. Craig Smith: Getting Started / Dealing with MOE & ERO
2. Barbara Smith: Avoiding Burnout-Keeping Going When the Going Gets Tough
12:30-1:00 – BYO lunch. Drinks provided, look at stands
1:00-2:30 – 2 Electives
1. Craig: Choosing or Developing Your Own Curriculum
2. Barbara: Training our Children’s Minds-The Tools of Learning and Motivation
2:30-3:00 – Afternoon Tea, look at stands
3:00-4:30 – 2 Electives
1. Craig: Home Educating Through Secondary and Preparing For Tertiary and the Workforce

2. Barbara: Changing the Heart of a Rebel (For preventing rebellion and dealing with it; Christian presentation)

4:30 End/looking at stands