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.
Although there appears to be a large number of things to consider, they are all valuable questions to ask yourself before you embark upon homeschooling. Having an environment around your children that is conducive to quality learning makes all the difference. It is important to create that environment by having healthy habits of regular learning, a nice space in which to learn, with the tools required to complete the task. Having some quiet space for concentrated work mixed in with time to be outdoors and moving around and having supportive adults around who will encourage the learning are all needed for a successful education.
No-one is perfect and we can’t all be expected to be qualified teachers with a household that runs on a strict schedule. There will be a lot of growth along the way for you and your children, and it is expected and encouraged to learn from the situations that challenge you the most. The key is in the willingness to try and in the figuring out of how to obtain the skill you need to progress. Just having a plan of where you are heading and some ideas of where you could get advice or help along the way is actually enough to get started.
Homeschooling works for a large number of families. They have great successes and really enjoy the process. Some educate at home for only a few years, others for the entire journey of their children’s education. It is a very flexible and very forgiving system.
Believe in yourself that you can do it. Put plans in place so that you can have success and be willing to take advice and learn new things along the way, because the one thing that I can promise you is this – it isn’t just your children who are learning, you too will learn just as much.
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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 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.
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.