The length of time you are planning on homeschooling needs to be carefully thought out and planned. I often find a planning sheet that works backwards from end goal to start goals and outlines skill sets is a useful way to do this.
The table below helps me to visually see the types of skills I like children to have at particular points in their education. If I would like my children to be able to enter University or Polytechnic if that's their choice once they leave secondary school then I first need to establish the level of skills they will need to reach at each stage of their schooling.
By doing this you know that if for some reason you stop homeschooling, or when they are finished with their primary and secondary school years and enter into a standardised system, they are equal to or, better than their peers.
I think it's more than just that though. It's not only their ability to sit a test or complete a worksheet, I also have a series of ‘soft skills’ on the list, to do with communication, social skills and practical skills that I think are important in a well-rounded and balanced education.
Check out the table below. The column on the left hand side has the kinds of skills I believe are necessary for my children to gain and the columns along the top show the three main stages of education.. You need to make a chart that speaks to your family and what is important in your child’s education and work out where you would like your children to be developmentally.
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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.
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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.