May 9, 2021

Videos of the different Homeschooling Philosophies and Successes

Recently I wrote two letters to the National Office about two natural learning exemption applications that were not understood by the local offices (Lower Hutt and Auckland). As most of you know, now, there is a new lady processing exemptions in Auckland who is just learning about all of the different approaches. So we need to be a little understanding but at the same time we can use current exemption applications as a training tool for her.

Part of an email from Lucy (National MoE Office):

“Your points raised are very valid and I would like them to be addressed. At our next meeting with the regional homeschooling staff I am going to show staff a video of the different homeschooling philosophies and successes to help with the awareness and understanding of different philosophies when processing applications. If you know of any short videos that you think would be good, please do not hesitate to send me the links.”

Here are some links people have shared with me so far:

Natural Learning/unschooling

Unschooling channel

What is Unschooling?

‘Learn Free’ (an unschooling documentary)

Pat Farenga on Unschooling

John Holt on How Children Learn

Special Needs

Hackschooling makes me happy | Logan LaPlante | TEDxUniversityofNevada

Forget what you know | Jacob Barnett | TEDxTeen

Jumping Off a Cliff Into Homeschooling (not a video)

Class Dismissed

Learning from the world around us (not a video)

Please share below your favourite SHORT videos to help with the awareness and understanding of different philosophies when processing applications. I would like to just choose a few out of all the ones shared that show the variety of different approaches to home education.


From the Smiths:

Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here


Needing help for your home schooling journey:


Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

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Information on getting an exemption

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