What is "Homeschooling"? According to Wikipedia, "Homeschooling, also known as home education, is the education of children inside the home. Home education is usually conducted by a parent or tutor or online teacher."
In New Zealand, parents as educators are able to choose the curriculum or method of learning which is best suited to their child.
There are many different styles of homeschooling.
Unschooling - to quote Wikipedia: "Unschooling is an educational method and philosophy that advocates learner-chosen activities as a primary means for learning. Unschooling students learn through their natural life experiences including play, household responsibilities, personal interests and curiosity, internships and work experience, travel, books, elective classes, family, mentors, and social interaction."
or a more structured style where the student's day has more of a scheduled focus.
The first requirement with homeschooling, is to apply for a Certificate of Exemption. Check out our website pages for information on exemptions and other information:
Information on: Exemptions
Health Care: Free health care for -13yrs
District Health Board Websites: For free child hearing checks
Dental Care: For free public funded dental care (-17yrs)
Information on: Trialing a school
Information on: Regional Support Groups
Another frequently asked question is "what's the best homeschool curriculum?" Check out the New Zealand Council of Home Educators NZ (NCHENZ) for homeschool curriculum ideas. At The Homeschool Group, we have regular parent forums offering teaching support. Advice and support is available on curriculums and how they work. Check our website page here for more information. Open to all.
Then there's the "socialisation" issue, which is a frequently debated topic. Head over to our socialisation page here for some perspectives and suggested reading.
Homeschooling is very much a global thing - there's lots of information out there which can inspire and reassure families who are contemplating this education option.