Whangarei Home Educator Conference-9 August 2008

Whangarei Home Educator Conference-9 August 2008

Saturday 9 August

St Andrews Uniting Church

Cnr Hunt and Bank St


Learning starts at home… whatever age you are!
Be inspired how your home and family can be a place of learning and growing for everyone. Homeeducation is a great option for children. Local people share their stories, experiences and expertise.


8.30 am Registration

9 am Welcome and Keynote Address
We have invited three local Dads to share their perspectives on home education:
Steve Jaunay, Nigel Griffiths and Bruce Eirena

10 am Bookseller ‘Show&Tell’
Vendors present recommended resources for home educators.

10.30 am Morning Tea

11.30 am Workshop One
*Unit Studies with Karen Grammer
*Unschooling – Living and Learning with Kerrin Taylor
*Living Room Adventures with Erena Fussell

1 pm Lunch

2 pm Workshop Two
*Hot’n’Spicy Tips for Home Educating Families with Jo and Jonathan Anderton
*Kitchen Science with Carolyn Garvitch
* Finding the Maths in Art with Shelley Williamson
*French Language and Culture for Kiwi Kids Reity Roughton & Axelle Faur

3 pm Afternoon Tea

3.15 pm Workshop Three
*Starting Out in Home Education with Sharyne Jaunay
*Home Help for Learning Difficulties with Sheryn Comrie
*Hand Made Presents with Jennifer Sharplin
*Capable Kids with Skills for Life with Rosie Boom

4.30 pm Clean Up


Workshop 1: Survived and Thrived
Ex-homeschoolers share how they made the transition into tertiary study and/or employment. How did being home-educated help or hinder? What are some of the pathways to a career for home-schoolers? Plenty of discussion. Parents welcome to attend.
Workshop 2: Ukelele Gig with Steve Evans
Come and learn a few chords and how to play a couple of songs on the ukelele, the popular, 4 stringed, easy to play instrument. No previous musical experience is necessary. If you have your own uke or could borrow one, please bring it along although we will have some available to use during the workshop.
Workshop 3: Careers with Northtec
or Craft Simone Rakene works for Northtech, assisting young people into apprenticeships. Find out
how these work and what else Northtec offers. Parents welcome to attend. Alternatively teens can join
Jennifer Sharplin’s craft workshop.


Workshop 1
One choice per session

Unit Studies with Karen Grammer
Karen will show you how Unit Studies can bring many subjects (and children) together around the passions you and your children have. It’s an exciting, easy and creative way of learning – no budget is too
small. Karen’s children loved it – and learnt heaps.
Unschooling – Living and Learning with Kerrin Taylor
What is unschooling? To Kerrin and her family, one definition is living life as if school didn’t exist! Learning is everywhere and children can learn all they need when free to follow their interests. Could unschooling be right for your family?
Living Room Adventures with Erena Fussell
History alive in your own home! History provides a great framework for learning – and children love it. Combine it with related literature and you enliven your study and your children’s minds even more. Erena will give examples and time for discussion.
Workshop 2
Hot’n’Spicy Tips for Home-Educating Families with Jonathan and Jo Anderton.
Being part of their children’s lives and learning is important for both Jo and Jonathan…they show you how in home-educating you can have your cake and eat it too! (It’s all about sharing the portions). Warning: contains entertaining additives, encouraging preservatives and challenging colours!
Kitchen Chemistry with Carolyn Garvitch
Hands-on experiments that you can do with your children (without blowing up the house). Learn about fun ways to introduce your children to chemistry concepts that they can experience everyday.
Finding the Maths in Art with Shelley Williamson
Explore some fun and creative ways to make art that incorporates mathematical concepts. Aimed at early primary ages, using found materials (either natural or man-made) in your own home.
French Language and Culture for Kiwi Kids with Reity Roughton and Axelle Faur
Language learning is for children too! Find out how you can help your children learn a language, and some useful resources. Reity and Axelle will demonstrate what they do in their French classes.
Workshop 3
Starting out in Home Education with Sharyne Jaunay
Considering home-educating? Where to start?! Sharyne will explain applying for an exemption, approaches to home-education, ERO visits, and how to make the best start with your kids – relax!
Home Help for Learning Difficulties with Sheryn Comrie
Sheryn works with parents’ “gut instinct” to address their children’s learning needs. Recognise what your children can do, and support what they can’t with hands-on activities. Sheryn will seek to respond to the
situations of those present and try out activities that can be tailor made to each child’s needs.
Hand Made Presents with Jennifer Sharplin
Word Wall Art on ceramic tiles! Make something that looks fantastic for a low price. They make great gifts (Christmas) and are fast, simple and fun to make. You should have time to make 2 or 3. You don’t even need to be creative to slap these together.
Capable Kids with Skills for Life with Rosie Boom
Nevermind mathematics and spelling, what about Life Skills? Are we teaching our children the basic skills of life (and the values learnt by doing them), or are they being forgotten amid Latin lessons? Rosie will
give practical ideas of how you can make sure your children are equipped to face real life. Come and be inspired!

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Booksellers and home-educating vendors will be present, as well as a Second-Hand book table.  Please contact Maggie Bishop if you have resources you want to sell, phone 4383313.

Tea and coffee will be provided.  Lunches will be available to purchase, or bring your own.  There will be no creche, so please make other arrangements for your children. “Babes in arms” welcome.


Venue: Bishopdale Community Centre

Cnr Farrington Ave and Raleigh St, Bishopdale, Christchurch (above Bishopdale Library)

Dates: Friday 25 July (7.00pm – 9.00pm)

Saturday 26 July (10.00am – 4.00pm)

The Curriculum Fair will be attended by many educational vendors, including LearnEx, Better Way Books, Creation Science Ministries, Institute for Excellence in Writing, Total Learning, Borders Bookstore, WiseCats, Voice of the Martyrs, THINKshop Books and Home Education Foundation.  Cost of entry is a gold coin.

The following workshops will also run during the Curriculum Fair:

Friday 25 July

7.00pm “Home Educating Through Secondary and Preparing for Tertiary Education and the Workforce” with Craig Smith (donation)

8.15pm Early Learning Strategies for 3 – 7 year olds: Habits, Routines, Curiosity and Learning to Read

with Linda Gage (gold coin)

Saturday 26 July

10.15am “Avoiding Burnout – Keeping Going When the Going Gets Tough” with Barbara Smith (donation)

11.30am “The Nurture and Admonition of the Lord” with Lennie Harrison (donation)

1.00pm Learning Foreign Languages with your Children with Linda Gage (gold coin)

1.45pm “Charlotte Mason” with Lennie Harrison (gold coin)

3.00pmClassical Education – a Framework for Learning at Home with Linda Gage (gold coin)

Please feel free to pass on this information. Contact person – Kathy Duncan Ph. (03) 360 3704 or email kathyduncan@xtra.co.nz



When: Thu, Jul 31, 7:15pm – 9:30pm

Where: Harbourside Church, 48 Esmonde Road, Takapuna (map)

Description: Brought to you by Auckland Home Educators Inc, Auckland’s regional support network. http://www.ahe.org.nz/aheevents/events.htm


Beverley and Robin Paine are homeschool leaders in Australia. They are visiting New Zealand for seven weeks and we are delighted to be able to welcome them to Auckland. They began homeschooling in 1986 and, like most families, started off doing school-at-home. But homeschooling isn’t just about teaching. It’s about learning. And that was the first lesson their very young teachers – their children – taught them. How families start homeschooling their children usually looks nothing like how they finish homeschooling their children, and that’s how it was with Beverley and Robin.

In Auckland they’re going to talk about what they would do differently knowing what they know now. Beverley says: “It’s a tough topic and in our usual style we’re brutally honest about our journey. We’re not an ideal family, we’re a real family. We can’t go back. We live with the consequences of our actions. Our children live with the consequences of our actions. How does it all turn out? Is it what we wanted or expected? For some families homeschooling is over once their children become adults. I’m still asking questions about the educational process.” The Paines would like to spend some time talking about the role of fathers in home educating families. They will also talk about how we tend to undervalue the people resources around us as we clamour to access bigger and better material resources. Once upon a time education was very people focused: we learned through talking and doing together: through first-hand, hands-on, primary experiences. Little children still learn like that. Big children can too. So can adults. Homeschooling takes us back to real, effective learning. Beverley writes: “We probably won’t get to talk to you all individually, but please come up and introduce yourselves – that way, when we email I can (hopefully) put a face to a name and then we’ll truly be friends!”

Cost: AHE Member: $4 single / $6 couple Non-AHE Member: $8 single / $10 couple Refreshments and handouts included.

Books for sale.

For more details and to book please contact: seminar@AHE.org.nz

Also, look at Beverley’s website at www.beverleypaine.com

John Mackay: Creation Research Days Auckland/Matamata/Morrinsville/Rotorua 8-15 September

We, Creation Research, are now taking registrations for the Auckland Creation Research Days in September 08, with John Mackay, International Director of Creation Research Ministries.

A great opportunity to sit under the teaching of an expert in the field of Creation Science Research. John is experienced in publically debating evolutionary experts, presenting lectures at universities, speaking at church events, and teaching children from both school and homeschool backgrounds.

Terrific family value. Cheaper and more educational than going to Rainbow’s End for a day!

Homeschool Seminar Day – Wednesday the 10th of September

* suits 6 yrs +
* Approx 9am til 3pm (see program below)
* Venue for up to 250 people- Glenfield Baptist Church, 46 James St., Glenfield, North Shore.
* Backup Venue (for larger numbers) — Windsor Park Baptist, 550 East Coast Rd., Upper Harbour
* Program 1 – Outline
o 9am Doors Open
o 9:30-10am Seminar 1 – Exciting FACTS about Creation from Genesis 1, 2 & 3
o 10-10:30am Seminar 2 – Dinosaurs – The Monsters God Made
o 10:30-11am Morning Tea Break
o 11-11:30am Seminar 3 – Man the Image of God
o 11:30-12:30 Questions and Answers
o 12:30-1:30pm Lunch Break
o 1:30-2pm Seminar 4 – The Evidence from DOWN UNDER for Creation and Flood
o 2-2:30pm Questions and Answers
o 2:30-3pm Finish

John will try to integrate information about the flood, coal, the races and the ice age into the day. There will also be 2, half hour brackets for questions and answers, so come prepared with questions and pick John’s brains.

Morning Tea will be provided for the Seminar Day. Please bring your own lunch. There are some bakeries and food bars within driving distance of the venue.

There will be a small creche at the church, available for use by parents with littlies on the seminar day and some room in the foyer for push chairs. With bigger numbers, space will be more limited. It could prove long day for the young ones.

_Costs are as follows for Earlybird Registrations
These Earlybird rates are only available until the evening of Saturday the 12th of July:

Seminar Day

$20 per person or $45 per family.

July 13th until September 1st Registration Fees_

Seminar Day

$25 per person or $50 per family.

On the day registration (if room is still available)

Seminar Day

$30 per person or $55 per family.

*_To register for the conference (or ask questions) contact:_*

If paying by cheque: *Nicky Waddell* waddell-family@ihug.co.nz

33 Gilberd Place Torbay
Phone 09 473-4135

Make Cheque payable to Kathy Creak (Creation Research)

If paying by internet banking: *Celeste Harmse* wecharmse@xtra.co.nz

20 Glen Marine Pde
09 837 1131

Internet Bank Account number: 38 9007 0832601 00

Please put family and mum’s first name in the reference field eg. “Kathy Creak” and also days being paid for eg. “Seminar” or “field” or “both days”

Please find a registration form attached (email Kathy or Celeste for the registration form) to this email. If you are paying by cheque, please print out this form and mail it to Nicky with your cheque.

f you are paying by internet banking, then please copy and paste the form into an email, and email Celeste.

No place confirmed without payment.
In registering for the event, you, as the parent or guardian, agree to take full care and responsibility, for the children you bring.

(On the day help still needed).

_Registrations for the Field Trip on Thursday the 11th of September are currently closed_ (Due to the high level of interest expressed after initial advertising)

Maximum number of 70 people allowed.
You are welcome to put your name on the waiting list (see above for contact details – Nicky Waddell or Celeste Harmse).

_Field Trip Details are as follows:_

* The day will start with a briefing session (Venue to be advised).
* Approx 9am til 3pm.
* Muriwai Beach -> Takapuna.
* Stop for lunch somewhere in between. Takeaways, or bring your own.
* The day will finish with a debrief session on the beach, before returning home.

If you end up being one of the 70 people to attend, you will be sent a pdf with more detailed instructions.
Costs for the field trip day are the same as the seminar.

Both days
$35 per person or $80 per family

Other John Mackay events

* Matamata Sept 6th-8th
6th evening, church talk
7th – 10am morning service, and evening service as well.
8th – morning session at Matamata Christian School
Public Debate that evening
Contact standrews@orcon.net.nz

* Morrinsville Homeschool Day Tuesday 9th Sept
contact Robyn Smith adriannrobyn@clear.net.nz
Morrinsville Baptist Church, Moorhouse St. 9am til 2:30pm.

Start time as per program below. 9.00 am
I need you to register before the event, and payment details will be forwarded to people who are going to pre-pay so that I can write out one cheque to Creation Research.
It is a bring your own lunch.
I will have tea and coffee available for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, but all food is bring your own. Unless anyone would like to organise another alternative.
If you have any questions on this topic please come prepared as there is Question and Answer time available, so you can have them answered by John.
$15 per person, or $35 per family, as long as this is prepaid, to me, and I will pay to Creation Research, or you can pay on the day, but the cost will be $20 per person maximum of $45 per family.

CREATION GENESIS 1, 2, & 3: THE EVIDENCE  (Suits whole family)

9.00 am Doors open
9.30 – 10.00 Exciting FACTS about Creation from Genesis 1, 2 & 3
10.00 – 10.30 Dinosaurs – The Monsters God Made
10.30 – 11.00 BREAK
11.00 – 11.30 Man the Image of God
11.30 – 12.30 Questions & Answers
12.30 – 1.30 LUNCH BREAK (bring your own)
1.30 – 2.00 The Evidence from DOWN UNDER for Creation and Flood
2.00 – 2.30 Questions & Answer
FINISH (approx 2.30 – 3.00pm)

* Men’s Ministry with Beacon Baptist, 12th-15th Sept (Auckland – Rotorua)