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From the Smiths:

Updated 30 March 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here


Needing help for your home schooling journey:


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


This link is motivational:

Free Homeschool Planner

Free Homeschool Planner

Homeschool Scheduling with a Difference

Homeschool Planner

So, you have read everything you can about planning a homeschool schedule.

You have tried some planners – but they take too long and don’t seem to work for you.

What now?

It is time to try a planner with a difference.

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Planned Spontaneity helps you do just that – plan for spontaneity in your homeschool.

It is a homeschooling planner e-book with a difference – my approach is very simple, yet very effective.

If you feel like you have tried everything to make your homeschooling sessions fun and creative, then this is the planner for you. And best of all it’s free!

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Also check out this website:

Nationwide contact for home education enquiries – homeschooling NZ

Needing help for your home schooling journey:


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

Contact details:
Craig and Barbara Smith
06 357-4399
Greetings all,
There have been a couple of requests lately for people willing to give exemption advice and encouragement.
Just a reminder that this is precisely what we at the Home Education Foundation are here for!
We help with preparing for exemptions and ERO reviews, how to understand and answer the exemption questions, we sit in on ERO Reviews with people, and I’ve even been a witness at a court case involving home education and socialisation. We have tons of material on socialisation, research results in both academic and social areas, ideas on curriculum development and getting into university and links to other information that we send out for free. We have 22 years of experience in teaching our own 8 children aged 28 down to 3 (yes, we’re still at it) and running conferences and speaking in nearly every corner of the country. Barbara just talked a mum who was full of panic through her ERO review preparation, and the mum passed with flying colours! I just wrote a letter to the Hamilton office of the MoE about what I thought was unfair treatment in an exemption application…the mum emailed today to say the exemption just came through!
Being a charitable trust, we do not charge for anything we send out or for our advice, even though most phone calls last between a half hour to a full hour or more. We trust the Lord to move people to make donations as they see fit and to subscribe to Keystone and TEACH Bulletin Although we personally are committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Home Education Foundation is committed to rescuing ANY children out of state schooling institutions and to giving as much help and encouragement as we can to any and all parents and grandparents wanting to have a go at home education.
So don’t hesitate to get people to ring us or send an email. We don’t have an 0800 number but if people ring us on a landline, we can ring them back so we pay for the call since it costs us next to nothing.

Applying for an Exemption to Home School

in New Zealand

Here are two very helpful  links

The first is a cut down version of the exemption application, showing you exactly which comments the Ministry of Education (MoE) expects you to reply to:

The second is a lengthy letter giving all kinds of tips on how to answer the comments:

I’d suggest reading those two, having a go at answering the questions, then give us a ring (06) 357-4399 or emailing your phone number and we will ring you (email

It seems complicated at first, but it really isn’t that bad at all. We can talk you through it. All free of charge. That’s why we’re here.

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