My New Journey – Homeschooling

| December 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Recently I submitted an application to home school my seven year old son who, up until now, has been attending a very good school.  We have been granted exemption from school and will start homeschooling in January.  Why?  Well, it has been something I have thought about for a long time.  I have witnessed fabulous friends who have taken the homeschooling path and their children are thriving … and NO, their children are not socially awkward and deprived in any way.  In fact, they are excelling well beyond that of their school taught peers.

My boys will have the freedom to simply play which is so quickly stolen from children these days.

My boys will have the freedom to simply play which is so quickly stolen from children these days.

I have to be honest and say I am totally freaking out about it!!  Will I be able to do it?  Am I smart enough?  What about juggling my work and two younger children, how will I cope?  Will I have the patience?  Will my son actually listen to me and do his work? All very natural fears I have been told.

I remember watching Sir Ken Robinson talk about how schools are killing creativity (see link below) and it started me on a path to look for more information.  What I have found out is that I can educate my children AND offer my children a chance to find their passion.  I can help them get to do something they love.  How many of us have found employment that we dreamed of as a child?

I want my children to be happy more than anything, and so to find a passion in life will certainly help them towards happiness.  My son loves native New Zealand birds and is eager to learn more after a school trip.  Unfortunately, that will not be a subject covered in the New Year or quite possibly ever in his years to come at school.  However, learning at home means we can certainly look more closely at this passion he has.

Ted Talks – Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Have a listen to this boy (and full credit to his parents who are doing a fabulous job) … When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal.

Hackschooling makes me happy

I hardly remember what I was taught at school.  School was supposed to set me up with a career and yet I left not knowing what I wanted to do.  I actually dropped out of school as it just wasn’t a place where I wanted to be.  I certainly did not leave with a love of learning.  I look back and remember I loved genetics but there was no one around who helped me towards following this passion that was briefly sparked.

Don’t get me wrong, there are fabulous teachers out there and great schools, but this is something I need to try and see if I can do, to do things in a different way, to do the best for my boys.

There are now over 3,000 children in Auckland, New Zealand alone that are homeschooling and the number is growing.  There are lots of groups where children can get together and get that social interaction that everyone seems so concerned about.

One such meet up my son is looking forward to, is every fortnight, attending a training session at Snow Planet with a bunch of other kids.  He will get to spend time with other children and get to learn to snow board.

Things I am most looking forward to is the flexibility to decide what we are going to learn and how we are going to do it.  I want to teach my boys how to cook, grow their own food, how to run a business, how to manage their money, how to help others, to live a life filled with gratitude and so much more.  I am excited to see my son loving to learn, and to be able to help him along the way. PLUS I am secretly looking forward to not having to rush around in the mornings and having to do the drop off and pick ups every day of the week.

I will keep you updated on my new journey but would love to hear any tips or advice from other mums or dads who are already homeschooling their kids.

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  1. Robin says:

    I loved this post! My daughter will be 5 in next March and we have made the decision to homeschool too for similar reasons!

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