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Old May 4th, 2016, 23:50 PM   11
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We are home schoolers too. My oldest is only 4.5, but I'm firmly in the "unschooling" (natural learners/life learners/child led learning) camp though, so while technically we aren't schooling yet, our life won't be changing so we ARE already home schooling! We won't be touching any curriculum nor do any formal bookwork at all.


I'm in New Zealand. How does it work legally for overseas?? Here, kids tend to start school at 5, but legally they don't have to until 6. To home school, I have to apply to the Ministry of Education when my son is between 5 and 6 (they won't accept it prior to five, and it must be in before he's six).

The application is lengthy and involved, requiring me to very explicitly explain how I will teach my child as well and as often as if he were in a registered school. They frequently request more info, often dragging the process out for some months.

Once my application is processed and they're happy with it, I get an exemption to home school him. I will have to apply again for every child as they come of age.

Twice a year the MoE will mail me a form to sign and return that merely confirms I'm still home schooling, and they will then put through the small twice-yearly allowance they give to home schoolers. Other than that, I'm left to do as I please! Very occasionally they do an audit on a family, but it's literally a few families in the whole country a year. It's involved process then too, but once done you're left alone again.



 
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Old May 11th, 2016, 20:43 PM   12
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We plan to homeschool, DS is 3 now so we will be starting kindergarten not this fall but the next. I am super excited about it, but I'm also anxious about it. Not sure how I'm going to handle having a 2 year old running around while I'm trying to teach DS. Once they are both in school I will probably find it easier. That is, if we don't have any more kids in the mean time....



 
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Old May 12th, 2016, 13:35 PM   13
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We'll be homeschooling. Next fall though, we'll be sending Violet to preschool. She will go for two years and Leo will start the fall after she ends.

Preschool will offer a good social experience as well as give her the opportunity to meet some fiends. When that's over, we will find another activity to get her involved in. Something like 4H or club sports. Again, plan to do the same for Leo.

As for "homeschooling," We won't be doing anything different from what we're doing now since we plan to follow an "unschooling" philosophy.



 
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Old May 12th, 2016, 13:48 PM   14
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Ah, flyingduster, another unschooler! Here in the US, the rules vary from state to state. In Oregon, you just register with your local school district as a homeschooler. Then in 3rd grade and above, students participate in state testing. That's it. Oregon is one of the looser states when it comes to regulating home education.

As for curricula and workbooks, I think they're great resources to have around. Some kids really enjoy them when they're not forced to do them.



 
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Old May 29th, 2016, 06:27 AM   15
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Yes and no. I had planned to fully homeschool DS, who is 3.5 but recently signed him up for a forest playschool starting in September. I wasn't going to do pre-school at all but then I found this place. It's acres of woods, mini-farm and play areas. There are obstacle courses, tree-houses, tree swings, a huge sandpit, all sorts of animals, a polytunnel for growing fruit and veg. The children are outside all day long playing as they choose. If the weather is too bad for outdoor play, there are numerous rooms and barns set out for different types of play, like an art room, a music room, a play barn, etc. DS is really, really excited about it. So he'll go there a couple of days a week for the first term and can do more days next term if he wants. I'm treating the school like a fun outdoor activity and we'll homeschool at home with the unschooling method. He is obsessed with reading and writing at the moment and enjoys doing writing workbooks. It's actually pretty amazing because 2 weeks ago he hadn't even any interest in doing colouring books or drawing but now he wants to write letters and practices most days.



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Old Aug 12th, 2016, 15:08 PM   16
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How do you do it and get everything else done too?...
I feel like I need a break from my dc in order to wash dishes, tidy/clean/do jobs etc.
How do you fit it all in?



 
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Old Aug 12th, 2016, 15:14 PM   17
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I home educate my 11 year old, I won't lie I find it extremely difficult and we've only been doing it since the end of april.



 
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Old Aug 12th, 2016, 15:39 PM   18
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How do you do it and get everything else done too?...
I feel like I need a break from my dc in order to wash dishes, tidy/clean/do jobs etc.
How do you fit it all in?
It looks like your son is nearly 7, right? Could he not do something by himself while you do some chores? You could also have him involved in an activity or daycare for a few hours a day. Another key is to just have lower expectations around the house as far as cleaning goes.



 
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Old Aug 13th, 2016, 07:00 AM   19
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Thanks Sarah. Yes he is nearly 7, he's currently in school but I'm keen to pull him out as I know he would develop better at his own pace at home.
But when I look at out weekends it's mostly taken up by being outside, riding bikes and walking.
When we're inside I go in to hime maker mode and leave dc to play with toys. I can't seem to grasp doing an activity in the house 😕 I need to change my mindset.
Also... Do you think it is possible to exclusively homeschool outside of the home, such as in forests, lakes, beaches, town, park, NT sites etc or is there a certain element which needs to be done sitting down at the table?
Thanks x



 
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Old Aug 13th, 2016, 19:27 PM   20
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I personally am in the "life learning"/unschooling camp, where we don't really actively teach any bookwork. We do sit down with writing at the moment, but that's cos he wants to. If he didn't want to write and he didn't ask us to teach him, we would leave him to play freely. There are no rules, and yes you can just play outside for years and still learn a lot.



 
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