April 23, 2014

HSLDA: Single-Parent Homeschooling

Single-Parent Homeschooling

When you’re single with children, homeschooling can appear daunting. Single homeschooling mom Mary Jo Tate shares practical tips and advice to make home education a possibility for your family.

“If God has called you to homeschool your children, He will provide the strength, patience, grace, resources, and time to do it. Let your family and your life be a testimony of God’s faithfulness.” — Mary Jo Tate

Program Listing:

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5/20   You Can Homeschool!
5/21   Achieving Balance
5/22   Set for Success
5/23   Avoiding Burnout
5/24   Stand by Me

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Guests:

Mary Jo Tate

Mary Jo Tate, author of Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms (coming from Apologia in 2013), is blessed with four wonderful sons and has been educating them at home since 1997. An international editor and book coach for over 25 years, she teaches homeschoolers, single moms, and work-at-home moms how to balance family life and home business and how to find peace in the space between the ideal and reality.

Mary Jo has a heart to help, encourage, and inspire other homeschoolers—especially single moms. She reminds them, “If God has called you to homeschool your children, He will provide the strength, patience, grace, resources, and time to do it.” For resources and encouragement for single parents, visit her website. You can get Mary Jo’s e-book, From Frazzled to Focused: 7 Planning Tools for Busy Moms, free here.

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 1 May 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 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/

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/

Update on Still waiting for letter: How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?

Previous information:

http://hef.org.nz/2012/still-waiting-for-letter-how-will-the-new-social-obligations-which-will-be-required-of-all-beneficiary-parents-effect-home-schoolers/

and

http://hef.org.nz/2012/new-update-on-how-will-the-new-social-obligations-which-will-be-required-of-all-beneficiary-parents-effect-home-schoolers/

and

http://hef.org.nz/2012/toby-manhire-on-benefit-slaying-nats-starting-to-look-plain-nasty/

I have now lost count on the number of times I have spoken with people at Paula Bennett’s office. I have always been treated well and the staff have been trying to be very helpful.

I have just rung the office again at 5:00pm. Paula Bennett has seen the letter and wanted a couple of changes made to it. These changes have now been made and we are again waiting for Paula Bennett to sign the letter.

My contact at Paula Bennett’s office apologized for the fact that we have had to wait so long for this letter. She then said that we would definately get it tomorrow.

So I trust I will be able to put the letter up here for you all to read and then make submissions on it if necessary.

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 16 September 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/

 

Still waiting for letter: How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?

Update 19 September 11:00am Paula Bennett has still not signed the letter. Again I have been given a promise that they will try to get her to sign it today or tonight. Trust it wont be too long before we get this letter.

Remember if you have an appointment about this over the next few days see if you can get it put off for a few weeks until there is some sort of policy about this. It is very disconcerting that some people have been turning up at interviews and finding that they have not been given all the information. I have heard of people at an interview being told that they have to work for 15 hours a week (and not told about a study option) or their benefit will be cut by 50%. I have heard of others who have turned up for their interview and told the person interviewing them that they are home schooling. They have then been told that they don’t have to do anything. So the standand is different depending on who you get and possibly their attitude towards home schooling.

Read more here: http://hef.org.nz/2012/new-update-on-how-will-the-new-social-obligations-which-will-be-required-of-all-beneficiary-parents-effect-home-schoolers/

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 16 September 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/

New Update on: How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?

Update 5/10/12: Make a submission: Reject compulsory Early Education for 3 year olds

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Update 19 September 11:00am Paula Bennett has still not signed the letter. Again I have been given a promise that they will try to get her to sign it today or tonight. Trust it wont be too long before we get this letter.

Remember if you have an appointment about this over the next few days see if you can get it put off for a few weeks until there is some sort of policy about this. It is very disconcerting that some people have been turning up at interviews and finding that they have not been given all the information. I have heard of people at an interview being told that they have to work for 15 hours a week (and not told about a study option) or their benefit will be cut by 50%. I have heard of others who have turned up for their interview and told the person interviewing them that they are home schooling. They have then been told that they don’t have to do anything. So the standand is different depending on who you get and possibly their attitude towards home schooling.

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Update 18 September 5:30pm Paula Bennet has not signed the letter yet. Hopefully she will be signing it tonight and it will be emailed to me first thing in the morning.

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For background information please read this link: Update on: How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?

I know that many of you on benefits are really concerned about these latest moves for beneficaries and are looking for answers.

I have just finished ringing Paula Bennett’s office again and was told:

1. They talked about it this morning in the office.

2. They are wanting to make sure that they get the correct information out to me because they know I will be passing it onto others. So they are going to be sending me a formal response so that there is no confusion.

3. They don’t want to give us any wrong information.

UPDATE:

4. The letter has been written – it is just waiting for Paula Bennett’s signature. Because those in her office don’t know her movements at the moment it is not signed yet. It might be signed tonight but most likely tomorrow. As soon as it is signed it will be email to me.

5. The good news is that the letter mentions the opportunity for home educators to make submissions about the formal response we will be getting.

So not long now until we hear…

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 16 September 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/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

 

Update on: How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?

I am getting lots of people contacting me about this. If you have not read anything about this then you can read it here…

Here is one of the questions and others are all similar:

I am so worried about this. I am a home schooling Mum of two children. I earn a little extra money doing some writing but are the government saying I will have to send my child to school and early child care to continue to receive help? Please help this very, very worried single Mum

Then others are saying that they have received letters from WINZ which say they “must attend” an appointment with a date in the very near future (many on Monday and Tuesday of this coming week) and that if they don’t go to the appointment then their payments may be stopped

I was thinking about this as I lay awake for 3 1/2 hours last night. (A common thing at the moment) I have rung Paula Bennett’s office 3 times now and just got her answer phone at her electorate office. During the initial call I gathered that home educators had not been considered in all this new policy and no-one had any answers. I was told some information which didn’t sound right so I asked for it in writing. I rang the office the next day when I had heard nothing and was told that an email would be sent to me. I rang again on Friday and was told that an email would be sent to me Friday afternoon. It did not arrive Friday afternoon. Paula Bennett’s office is coming up with something for home educators – at this stage we do not know what and they wont let us have any input into it at the moment. I have not been able to talk to the people formulating the policy or whatever they are doing. All I know is that I was meant to be getting an email yesterday afternoon and I did not. So last night I thought that going to any meetings at this stage is pointless especially for people with children in the 3-5 age groups.

So those with children in the 3-5 year age groups should cancel their meetings and make them for the following week – tell them that we are waiting for information from Paula Bennett’s office so it is pointless having a meeting now when things could change for home educators.

For those with children 6 and over and with an exemption you may have to begin doing part-time study with Open Polytech or Massey (extramurally) or with the Invercargill Polytech which I believe is free (or used to be free)

(Update: If parents choose the study option, The Southern Institute of Technology (zero fees) offers distance learning options:
http://www.sit.ac.nz/courses/sit2lrn_study_anywhere_-_distance_learning/)

 

 (cb) the person is engaged in full-time study of a kind approved by the chief executive;

I have heard from a number of people that they have been approved doing only part-time study.

I have also heard of others contacting Paula Bennett’s office including NCHENZ.

Another concerning link: Concern about the move to lower the school age to four

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 15 September 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/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/