There are lots of reasons that families decide to homeschool their children. They may have perfectly good access to adequate public or private schools in their local area and still make the decision to educate their children at home. It is nothing against the standard schooling system, it is a choice to do something different.
All of these reasons are a good idea. Perhaps one or more of them relate to you and your family. You are not alone. There are growing numbers of students being educated at home and families choosing to follow a different path. There are professional networks of like minded individuals getting together on a regular basis with their children for social, sport, art and cultural exchanges. It is not a case of hiding children from the ‘real world’ and wrapping them up in cotton wool so that they never experience the negative situations in life. It is more a case of opening the world up to your children rather than focussing on protecting them from it. Educating your children at home they become independent big picture thinkers, confident and self-motivated to learn and with a thirst to immerse themselves in the world amongst all ages, cultures and backgrounds and to see the world with observant eyes, not biased judgements limited to standardised opinions.
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Educating your children at home, as opposed to sending your children out to a school each day, can in either situation be the best thing that ever happened to them or the worst. There are some key aspects that need to be considered before you decide to homeschool your children if you are wanting it to be a successful endeavour.
Our approach takes the best of Waldorf Steiner, Montessori and enquiry teaching methods. Waldorf and Montessori schools have been around for over one hundred years. There are more than 2000 schools world-wide operating in over 200 countries.
Hello, I’m Francean. Teacher, mother, wife, and principal at Functional Education. After years of study and a career in Hydrology and Coastal engineering at a large Hydro-Power company, I began my teaching journey as a Science teacher in a state school, then moved into the Waldorf Steiner field of education. It has been over a decade now that I have been privileged enough to spend my day in art and music and living in a world of storytelling and wonder.
Homeschooling or home education is an extremely viable option today. It is becoming more popular and by Ministry statistics, there are now 41,000 students choosing be educated outside of a standard mainstream classroom environment here in NZ and Australia.
There are no formal qualifications required to be able to home educate your child, but there are some important things you must know...
Find out all the legal obligations you need to know before choosing to homeschool your child in New Zealand
Many resources can be homemade and cost practically nothing, particularly if fashioned from recycled materials.
How many hours do you and your child want to spend on learning? When you're homeschooling, you call the shots.
The length of time you are planning on homeschooling needs to be carefully thought out and planned.