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Home schoolers swap teaching tips

Home schoolers swap teaching tips

By JOHN HARTEVELT – The Press | Monday, 28 July 2008

Parents who home school their students compared notes on a surge in their number at a gathering in Christchurch at the weekend.

Home schoolers from Christchurch and around the country met in Bishopdale for a curriculum fair and a series of workshops.

National director of the Home Education Foundation Craig Smith said about 50 people attended and visited seminars which covered topics ranging from classical education to how home education could prevent burnout.

Home schooling appealed to many parents because of the “administrative bullying” of teachers and the public education system in general.

“I hear a lot parents tell me my child’s been at school now for three years and they haven’t learned a darn thing,” Smith said.

The number of children home schooled has grown from about 5280 10 years ago to 6500 in July last year.

Home-schooled children must obtain a certificate of exemption from regular schooling.

The Ministry of Education said home-based schooling must meet the same standards as registered schools.

Kathy Duncan said her four children, aged between five and 12, mixed with a lot of other children who were home schooled.

“Certainly our children wouldn’t socialise with 30 other children the same age as them every day but they do have friends they see regularly,” Duncan said.

Home schooling was a a lifestyle choice, she said.

“It’s not just like having school at home … all of life becomes an education. It’s really hard to separate our life from the education.”

Duncan does not have any teaching qualifications but she said she had “a lot of experience”.

Home schooling is most popular on the West Coast, where 1.9 per cent of children are in home schooling.

The Canterbury Home Educators group has 230 members, representing less than 1% of students in the region.

Smith said aspects of the national assessment programme (NCEA) were “anti-intellectual” and the school curriculum needed to get back to basics and cut out political correctness.

Smith did not want any more Government funding because he feared it would take control of home schoolers.

“The ERO (Education Review Office) is sitting in judgment on the way you as a parent relate to your own child,” he said.

Workshop in the Manawatu 18 October 2008

Home Education Workshop in Palmerston North during Home Education Awareness Week (HEAW) 2008

More information to come.

Talks offered by Genevieve Smith

Elective 1
“Virtuous Womanhood”
~Proverbs 31~

Originally a Girl’s Small Group Bible Study, first given as a talk at the 2004 GIRLS 4 Christ Conference. also available as a booklet and part of a tape set.Elective 2
“Making Our Parents Successful”
Originally a Girl’s Small Group Bible Study, first given as a talk at the 2004 GIRLS 4 Christ Conference. also available as a booklet and part of a tape set.

Elective 3
Using Our Maiden Years Wisely

Elective 4 and 5
Princesses with a Purpose Pt1
Titus 2 Bootcamp Pt2
These two are full sessions that follow on from each other very nicely

Elective 6
Staying at Home vs Going to School (with an emphasis on secondary)
Many young people consider going to school for their secondary years. This talk is designed to help students determine whether to stay at home or go to school.

Genevieve and Charmagne are happy to be on a panel with others


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