This page is to provide information about homeschooling in New Zealand.
In New Zealand, homeschooling is perfectly legal, as long as you have applied for and received an Exemption.
These are available through the Ministry of Education and consist of an application form and the provision of certain
information e.g. what you intend to cover, how you intend to measure progress etc.
Click here to see an outline of the process invovled in applying for a homeschooling exemption.
There are approximately 6000 homeschooled students spread throughout the country with the biggest homeschooling
population based in Auckland. People homeschool for a number of different reasons including but not limited to the
* Religious and philoshophical reasons
* Peer pressure or bullying
* Dyslexia and/or gifted child
* Desire for more individual attention
* Special interest or talent that requires a lot of extra practice e.g. gymnastics, ballet, swimming
* Family unity
* Timetable flexibility
* Higher academic standards
* Small class size
* Family travel
Just as there are many reasons for homeschooling (or home educating as it is often known), there are also a
number of methods or philosophies. Below are listed some of the most popular approaches - the descriptions are
not exhaustive, just designed to give a "snapshot overview".
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Unschooling - this is where there is no set curriculum and children learn based on the opportunities that are around them.
Classical - based on ancient methods of learning, dating back to Greco Roman times. The belief is that learning occurs in three main stages. Classical Education tends to be an academically rigorous curriculum which is heavy on literature, languages (including Latin), logic and rhetoric (speaking/writing)
Eclectic - a mixture of different topics and/or styles
A.C.E. (Accelerated Christian Education) - a structured curriculum which is self paced and self marked. Predominantly consists of a set text and questions relating to that text.
Unit Studies - Topic based studies which tend to be discovery based (often including hands-on activities). Often topics integrate several or many subject areas.
Charlotte Mason - literature & discussion based curriculum similar in some ways to Classical education but based on the methods of Charlotte Mason, a 19th Century educator. Often includes the techniques narration and dictation.
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