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 in New Zealand alone.
With the advent of social media and technology there is a wealth of information available you at your fingertips twenty four hours a day.
We are always here in the Functional Education office to answer any questions you may have and to point you in the right direction if you are requiring specific information on a topic.
With home education you have the freedom to pick and choose the style of learning that suits your family. It pays to do some research first to find out exactly what type of education environment you prefer. That way, you can narrow down your search for information and tailor it specifically to your needs.
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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.
How much money do you get given when you decide to homeschool in New Zealand?
The length of time you are planning on homeschooling needs to be carefully thought out and planned.
How many hours do you and your child want to spend on learning? When you're homeschooling, you call the shots.
Many resources can be homemade and cost practically nothing, particularly if fashioned from recycled materials.
Find out all the legal obligations you need to know before choosing to homeschool your child in New Zealand
There are no formal qualifications required to be able to home educate your child, but there are some important things you must know...
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.