August 11, 2022

Why did you choose to home-school?

Stuff is asking the question:

Why did you choose to home-school?


Do you home school your children?

Seven per cent of New Zealand’s school population are taught at home. Last year, 5558 children from nearly 3000 families were home-schooled.

Canterbury has the third largest home-school community of 764, after Auckland’s 1214, and Waikato’s 818.

Home-school parents need approval and regular checks from the Ministry of Education, and must educate their children to the standard they would receive at a registered school.

So what is it about home schooling that attracts parents? Quality time, better managed health needs, freedom to individualise learning?

Or is it a perceived failing of the public education system? What does home schooling offer that public school cannot?

Do you home school your family? What was the reason behind your decision? What challenges have you faced since home schooling your children? Share your story with us in 300 words or more.
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Needing help for your home schooling journey:


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

Information on getting started


Information on getting an exemption

This link is motivational:

Exemption Form online:

Coming Events:




  1. Kat says:

    Who will be more invested in my children’s education; a different teacher (or 2) every year with at least a dozen other students (optimistic) or my husband and I, their parents with a total of 3 kids to teach?

    I was a primary teacher highly invested in my students’ learning, but even as highly invested as I was, that doesn’t even compared to how invested I am as a parent.


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