Coming Events for the rest of April, May and June plus a review of the Dunedin Conference

Coming Events

for the rest of

April, May and June

plus a review

Coming up until May 3: Timaru, Ashburton, Christchurch and Blenheim

and a wonderful review of the Dunedin conference on Monday

Wednesday 28 April 2010 Workshop in Timaru

Thursday 29 April 2010 Home Education Workshop in Ashburton
Friday 30 April 2010 Children’s entries for the books awards close

Saturday 1 May 2010 Workshop in Christchurch

Monday 3 May 2010 Evening Meeting in Blenheim

Fri/Sun 28-30 May 2010 Patchwork of Grace

Fri/Sat 25-27 June 2010 Heart Retreat

Wednesday 30th June 2010 Morrinsville Homeschool History Fair


For more on the speakers at these Conferences and Worksops go to:


Review of the Dunedin Conference

Hi there to those of you who live in the South Island and north of Dunedin,
From those of us who attended the Dunedin Seminar yesterday, we urge you to attend Craig and Barbara’s Workshops in Oamaru, Timaru, Ashburton and Christchurch!! Our Dunedin Seminar was awesome, and we all need this kind of encouragement to counteract what comes against us on this journey.
Please don’t let complacency or the weather stop you. Some of our attendees drove for over two hours in wet weather to come to our seminar.
So register if you need to, or just get along there!
Barbara and Craig have decades of experience to share with you. Make the most of their wisdom – we are so fortunate to have this couple who give unselfishly of their time and energy to encourage us to keep on with what we are doing.
Come on, you won’t regret it!
The Dunedin Committee.
p.s. Tell your friends!
For information……see their website

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Wednesday 28 April 2010

Workshop in Timaru

Contact: Rachel, 03 686-3393 or Please register by Friday 23 April by contacting  Rachel Little and indicating which Elective in which Session you would like to do.  Many thanks

Venue: Connect Community Church,  Intersection of College Road and Harper Street, Timaru

Cost: $5 per family per session or $15 per family for all the 4 sessions to be paid at the door on arrival

We are working on activities downstairs for younger children (under 10s) for the 2 afternoon sessions, and a children’s dvd for the evening session, but parents are still responsible for their own children being settled.

Please bring a plate to share for afternoon tea, and if you are staying for the dinner time, you are welcome to bring your own food – kitchen available

Programme:   1.45 pm    Arrive and welcome  

Session One 2.00  pm

Elective 1  Craig Smith –  “Home Education – Getting Things Into Perspective” (Schooling v Education, Character Training, Tutoring/Mentoring, Developing Vision)

Elective 2  Barbara Smith – “Avoiding Burnout – Keeping Going with the Going Gets Tough” (Symptoms, Causes and Strategies)”

3.30pm    Afternoon tea    

Session Two 4.00pm

Elective 1  Craig Smith – “Choosing and Developing Own Curriculum”

Elective 2  Barbara Smith – Training Our Children’s Minds – The Tools of Learning and Motivation” (Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric Stages of a Classical Hebrew/Interpersonal Education)

5.30 pm  Break and Bring Your Own Dinner Time

HEF Resource Table    

Session Three 6.30 pm

Elective 1 Craig Smith – “Dad’s Essential Role in Home Education – from a Christian Perspective”

Elective 2  Barbara Smith – “Books, Great Books and More Books – Creating Your Own Library ” and “The Vital Nature of Reading Aloud”

Session Four 7:35 pm


Craig Smith  – “Home Educating Through Secondary and Preparing for Tertiary Education and the Workforce”

8:35 pm   Short testimonies to encourage us from parents/young adults who have transitioned successfully into tertiary/workforce – very welcome.

Question & Answer Time

9:00 pm   Supper