Why do people home educate?
The reasons for home educating are as many and as varied as the families but almost all will cite the following advantages:
It encourages autonomy and promotes individuality and creativity.
It allows time for children to discover and pursue their true interests.
It allows parents and children to choose learning content, timing, methods and teachers suitable to their individual and family's needs.
There are many curriculums and approaches that families use including Montessori, Steiner, Classical, Eclectic, the Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) programme and the NZ curriculum. Some families choose to unschool or follow a natural learning approach.
Unschooling rejects compulsory school as a primary means for learning. Unschoolers learn through their natural life experiences including play, game play, household responsibilities, personal interests and curiosity, internships and work experience, travel, books, elective classes, family, mentors, and social interaction. Unschooling encourages exploration of activities initiated by the children themselves, believing that the more personal learning is, the more meaningful, well-understood and therefore useful it is to the child.
The Ministry of Education has information about Home Education on their website including how to apply to home educate.
The National Council of Home Educators New Zealand (NCHENZ) encourages, promotes, informs and advances home education in NZ at a national level. Their website has great information and resources about home education.