April 19, 2014

Cambridge Primary or Pre-Cambridge

Below is some information for those of you who are interested in  Cambridge Primary. This includes a list of resources that Pinehurst School use – they have kindly provided this to the ACSNZ to pass on to home educators.

Home educators can print out and follow the primary curriculum for English, Maths and Science (no cost). This provides a good base to move on to IGCSE, AS and A2 levels. It also allows home educators the flexibility to cover their own areas of interest (e.g. music, art, social studies).

Checkpoint is not available to private candidates as it is a tracking tool for schools.

Regards

Janine Manning

Association of Cambridge Schools in NZ Inc

PO Box 99930

Newmarket

Auckland 1149

Primary (Pre-Cambridge Information).doc Primary (Pre-Cambridge Information).doc
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To find out more about Cambridge for Home Educators and to ask questions go to this yahoo email discussion group which Janine belongs to as well: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NZHomeEdCambridge/

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 30 March 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/

 

On Demand—“Poetry: Part of a Complete Education”

On Demand—“Poetry: Part of a Complete Education”


Kathy Weitz

What is one of the most foundational aspects of writing that classical writers like Chaucer, Dante, and Milton understood from a young age? How has this skill been lost, and more importantly, how can it be restored? Classical writing expert and homeschool mom Kathy Weitz will show you how poetry can greatly improve your child’s writing skills in the on-demand e-vent “Poetry: Part of a Complete Education.” You can restore this important tool in your child’s education. Make this e-vent one of your resources today! Register now >>

If you have any questions, please visit the @home e-vent website or contact the @home e-vent team by emailing athome@hslda.org.

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 24 February 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/

Spiders after floods in Australia and Pakistan

Great project for children: Spiders and floods

Australia

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/glanceview/219098/wagga-spiders-spin-fields-of-webs.glance

Pakistan

Picture of trees encased in spider webs after floods in Pakistan

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/pictures/110331-pakistan-flood-spider-trees-webs/#/pakistan-floods-drive-spiders-into-trees-adult_34026_600x450.jpg

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 24 February 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here

*****

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/category/all-about-education/

 

Learning Music Age 7-12 and aged 13+

Hi, Do you love the idea of your children learning music, but your budget doesn’t stretch to private lessons?

Learning Music Age 7-12

If anyone has children aged 7 to 12, you can enrol in your local after hours music programme.

These are held at local schools after school on weekdays or weekend. Tuition is in group classes, usually the more advanced classes have only a small number of students.

The teacher’s salaries are paid for by the Ministry of Education, and anyone can enrol. Costs and instruments available vary depending on the school, and usually instruments are available to hire at very reasonable rates.

For example, our local school is Kedgley Intermediate, they offer singing, recorder, ukulele, keyboard, guitar, violin, clarinet, saxophone, flute, drums. Costs are $50 per child, and $30 admin fee per family – for the year.

To find your local out of hours music programme school, call your local Ministry of Education office.

Manawatu: Saturday School of Music

Learning Music aged 13+

What do you do when your children are secondary school age, and they would love to learn music?

When we moved back to NZ from Australia, our children began to learn music at our local Intermediate school, but our daughter was too old :-(

For a year she taught herself violin at home, after sitting in her sister’s music class (with the permission of the teacher).  Before long, she was good enough to join the local youth orchestra junior section, so that gave us access to a subsidised instrument hire – but what about lessons?

I rang our local secondary school, and enquired about having her learn from their itinerant violin teacher.  They were happy for her to learn for a cost of $20 a term, which was great, but after a couple of years that opportunity was gone.  By now she was an experienced orchestral musician, and we asked at another school – and they were also willing for both of our girls to learn. They also play in the school orchestra, which has an excellent conductor.

Other suggestions for places to learn music:

*Join Auckland Library and use their extensive library of music teaching books for DIY lessons. They also have a huge collection of sheet music in the basement.
*Youtube for music lessons for beginners
*Local folk music clubs.  We learn bagpipes & drums at our local band.  Ask at your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau or Google.
*Join a local children’s choir
*Join your local Youth Orchestra or High School Orchestra
*Ask at your local music shop about music groups or teachers near you
*Start up a music group in your homeschool group. CreativeNZ and Local council often has funding for teachers & venues for music projects such as putting on a concert or cultural celebration for the community.
*Get together with your friends, and pay for a teacher to teach a group of children and spread the cost.
*Private music lessons are currently about $25 for half an hour in Auckland for a good teacher.  Try the Yellow Pages, or Google NZ registered music teachers, Suzuki School of Music, ABRSM or Trinity for teachers who will coach towards theory or performance exams.
*Ask at your local church for a music or singing teacher
*Local Adult Education classes
*NZ Correspondence school for music theory for 16+ years

Jillian Wilson, Otahuhu, Auckland

Our goals for 2012

Here we are at the beginning of 2012. This is a good time to think about what we will be doing this year.

At the top of the list we must think about our relationships with our children. In the busyness of the culture we live in this is often overlooked.  When our children are small we naturally have their hearts but as they grow older things and/or people steal their hearts from us. We must be vigilant in the work of keeping their hearts. Once we have lost their hearts it is even harder to regain them.

So as you and I make our plans for 2012 we need to think about our relationship with each of our children (no matter how old they are). Do we have their hearts? What can we be doing to keep their hearts? What can we be doing to regain their hearts?

Here are some links that might be helpful:

Preventing and Regaining the Rebellious Heart
http://hef.org.nz/2010/preventing-and-regaining-the-rebellious-heart/

Training Our Children to Use Technology
http://hef.org.nz/2010/training-our-children-to-use-technology/

Interpersonal Relationships
http://hef.org.nz/2005/interpersonal-relationships/

What is a key ingredient to a productive homeschooling day? This week on Home School Heartbeat, Mike Farris shares an important lesson that his family learned after graduating nine of their ten children from homeschool.
Mike Farris:
This school year is our family’s 30th year of active homeschooling. To achieve 30 years, you must have either a very large family or very slow learners. We have the former.
This week I’m going to be sharing a list of lessons our family has learned in the past three decades. Since they are not in any particular order, I’ll start with an intensely practical lesson:
This is a must read:
http://www.hslda.org/docs/hshb/109/hshb10901.asp

I trust this will be helpful as you seek to keep or regain the hearts of your child/children. We have been home educating our children for over 30 years and I still need to be reminded of these things and I am still working hard on them.

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 10 December 2011: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here

*****

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: