Christian Homeschooling National Conference 2013

Dad finds way to block Facebook

You’ve heard of Ice Block, but what about Face Block :=)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/7594087/Dad-finds-way-to-block-Facebook

Here comes the Science Fair!!

science fairHey Guys – Please read on? Don’t be afraid :-)

We need to get the word out about the Science Fair that is coming up on August 30th, 9.30am at Gateways Church, on Church St.

It’s not your normal School Science Fair. It has been designed to allow all ages to participate and take some amazing information and experiments home. There will be two ways to display your child’s science projects: one to just display and share, and the other to have the opportunity to be judged according to Science Fair requirements.

An optional Prep Day is scheduled for July 19th at 10am-11:30ish (also at Gateways). Its purpose is to help show some examples of previous boards, relieve any fears parents may have about the Science Day, and answer any questions.

Anyone wishing to participate by entering a project will be able to get information and have questions answered. For those wishing to enter into the more formal section, there will also be specific information on how to properly conduct a Science Fair project and then present that information to Science Fair requirements.

If you would like to enter this judging part but are unable to come to the preparation day to receive the requirements, please email me (Rachel O’D on the Contact page) and I will get them to you.

The Science Fair will be broken into two sections – The morning period will be a time to exhibit your child/children’s work. Please feel free to display your wonderful science work and experiments in any way you like. The main objective is to allow children to have a chance to show their work and look around at what others have been doing and getting some fantastic learning from each other as we go. There will also be an area for any child/children who want their displays to be judged and evaluated according to Science Fair standards, there will also be some placing prizes awarded.

Next a time will be allotted for any child who wishes to present a two minute speech on their science display. Following this we will share a morning tea and spend the remaining time discovering exciting things about science. The children will be able to visit work stations that are designed to teach them about the different aspects of science and take home simple experiments. They will be able to watch a dissection, see the amazing world of Dry Ice, make a bug, bury a fossil, and more!

Even after the Prep. Day, if you believe compiling a Science Fair board at any level may be out of your comfort zone, the day will still be worth your while.

It will be a great opportunity to see everyone’s work, share some morning tea, and finally participate in the Science Workstations that will be run in the afternoon.

The cost is small: $8 for MHE families or $10 per family for non-members, but the benefit our children get will be huge.

Please complete the Registration Form (click here to download the PDF) and return it to the address indicated as soon as possible.

Let’s all plan to be there.

Are we raising a nation of dunces?

home school scholarship

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Poor parenting and too many hours in front of the TV are being blamed for a “disturbing” rise in the number of children lacking the basic skills they need when they start school.

One speech therapist had to teach a 5-year-old the word “banana”, and one Wellington school is running a programme to teach new entrants basic motor skills that include how to hang up their school bags.

In Wairarapa, Masterton Primary School principal Sue Walters said: “We get a lot of kids who come to school who just can’t form proper sentences.

“They have very limited vocabulary and some are operating at a 3-year-old’s level. You can’t teach kids to read and write if they can’t speak.”

The problem was not necessarily socio-economic, but one of parenting, Ms Walters said. With individual attention from an articulate adult every day, pupils quickly progressed.

MHE Facebook page

I admit it — I really don’t like Facebook. The privacy, or rather lack or privacy, and the feeling of being violated by Facebook each time I go near it, gives me the shiveries.

Hopefully your experience is above mine, and if so you may be pleased to see that one of our kind members has made a MHE Facebook page. You can find it here:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/340581995987659/

Enjoy (or not as the case may be).

MoE Home Schooling payments

Urgent Reminder — you need to get you Ministry of Education “Home Schooling Declaration and Allowance July — December 2011” form completed and returned to the office by:

Friday 25th November 2011.

Payment will be made Monday 12 December 2011.

Unless you confirm your bank details, the Home-schooling Allowance will not be paid.

An incomplete form will result in a delayed payment.

New Zealand has a new political party

The Conservative Party of New Zealand

Sweden’s Big Government ‘Utopia’ Unmasked

Source: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2011/swedens-big-government-utopia-unmasked

…Supporters of the family did come out. With time, more Swedish people are becoming aware of what is going on in their country, despite a virtual media blackout. As the clampdown accelerates, Swedes are speaking out. Jonas Himmelstrand, the president of the Swedish Home Education Association and the founder of the family-policy think tank Mireja Institute, has been traveling the world warning of the dangers of Swedish family and education policies. In the last year he’s been to Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Canada, Hungary, and more — sometimes invited by government. Soon he will be sounding the alarm at the United Nations in New York.

“You have to see [the attack on homeschooling] in the broader scope of the view of family in Sweden,” Himmelstrand told Crisis Magazine, citing the state daycare system that now cares for more than 90 percent of children older than 18 months. “Our government has basically taken on the role of child-rearing to a certain extent.” He also noted that Swedish schools are under heavy criticism for producing poor results, both socially and academically — which may lead more parents to discover how successful homeschooling actually is.

The Domenic Johansson case, while not unique in Sweden, has homeschoolers in particular very worried. “This is a case which seems incomprehensible to many Swedes,” Himmelstrand explained, noting that he understood why it would lead to protests. “It’s not the only case where the social authorities have done something which seems to lack all sense and all humanity.”

Library catalog here now!

Check out the Library page and download the catalog of the resources available from our library.

Dr. Jay Wile “Science by Design” Tour

Palmerston North – 7 & 8 June 2011
Auckland – 10 & 11 June 2011
Nelson – 13 June 2011
Christchurch – 14 June 2011
Registrations: firelight@learnex.co.nz
Phone: (09) 269 3532

More info here: http://www.learnex.co.nz/Editable/conference/FirelightJayWile2011.shtml

Yummy community websites

Check them out — they are run by people within our homeschooling community. See the pics and links on the side panel.

Free range kids — un-schoolers interview on TV1

Date: 8:15PM Sunday March 20, 2011
TV show: “Sunday”

No class, no lessons, no teachers. It’s called un-schooling, where kids are pretty much free to…

The video is here: http://tvnz.co.nz/sunday-news/free-range-kids-15-17-video-4073333

Science supplies page

Please check out the beginnings of our new catalog page.

Homeschool robotics team wins

H/T to Home Education Foundation for the following:

We have just heard that the Home School Robotics team has won third year in a row. (Albany Free Range team) Well done and congratulations. It’s just finishing on Stratos TV at present (just before 4pm).

http://www.robotics.org.nz

There is lots of info on their Robotics webpage.  Check it out.

Photos wanted for the picture changer

If you have photography skills and could send us some photos for the picture changer above, that would be greatly appreciated.

The final picture size on the website is 960 x 200 pixels. e.g. wide and not very high so they need to be suitable for this aspect ratio.