Saturday, September 25, 2010


This group is no longer operating.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Simply Charlotte Mason

If you are interested in finding out about the Charlotte Mason method this is a useful website:

Includes some free e-books. I'm reading "Smooth and easy days" which sounded appealing for some reason! "The habits of the child produce the character of the man."

Monday, June 14, 2010

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Friday 18th June at my place. We will meet at 11.30 for a pot luck lunch, so bring something yummy to share!

As I previously said, there will be no business at this meeting, but rather a time of sharing and fellowship.

I have asked Julie Wiel to share for about 15 minutes about her home schooling journey, and also to share about one of the curriculum's she uses, called Rod & Staff. Julie will share with us about the pro's and con's of Rod & Staff, as well as bringing some samples for us to look at, and a catalogue or two to peruse if you are interested.

I look forward to seeing those of you who can make it along!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Friday, 16th April (next Friday) at Katie Aldridge's house. We will start at 1:30 with a brief prayer and a short devotion. Please bring along a plate of afternoon tea to share. If there is any business you would like to discuss or bring up at the meeting, please notify Selina-Jane before-hand, so this can be organised. At present there is no business to discuss, so we will be having a social time.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

CES Books - Curriculum Day

Date: Monday 29 March
Time: 12:30 - 3:30
Venue: Caversham Baptist Church which is on the corner of Surrey St and South Road.

Christina Green from CES Books has a huge range of curriculum on offer! She will be bringing copies of them all with her, so you will have the opportunity to browse them all and compare the different option available. She will have multiple copies of most things, so you will be able to buy items on the day. Christina will also being taking orders for any items she runs out of. Payment can be made by cash, credit card, American express, cheque and eftpos.
There are no facilities available for children.

See the CES Website for a list of their available resources:

Dunedin Conference - Craig and Barbara Smith

Dunedin Home Education Seminar

Mon 26 April 2010

Venue: Musselburgh Baptist Church, 131 Musselburgh Rise, Dunedin
Time: 10a.m – 3p.m and 7 – 9p.m evening
Speakers: Craig and Barbara Smith
Cost: $15 per family, which includes the Children’s Programme
Contact: Dunedin Committee on or ph Katie 03 489 2349 or Barbara 06 357 4399

10:00 Registration and view resource table

10:15 Welcome and Notices

10:30 -12:00 Two Electives:
1. Craig Home Education – Getting things into perspective
2. Barbara Home Education through Secondary and preparing for Tertiary

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Tea and coffee provided. Bring your own lunch. Alternatively a Dairy is across the road, or a 500 m walk to Musselburgh Shops [Baker's Dozen, and two Takeaways]. Woolworths 1km in same direction.

1:00 – 2:30pm Two Electives:
1. Craig Changing the Heart of a Rebel
2. Barbara Avoiding Burnout – Keeping going when the going gets tough

2:30 – 3:00 pm Afternoon tea and browsing resource tables. [ 3:00 to 7:00 p.m Home ]

7:00 – 9:00 p.m Two electives:
1. Craig Dad’s Essential role in Home Education – from a Christian Perspective
2. Barbara Training our children’s minds – ‘The tools of learning’ and ‘Motivation’

Easter Ideas

Some ideas for celebrating Easter:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Upcoming Meetings

Our next get together will be next Friday the 19th March at 1:30 in the home of Selina-Jane. Please bring a plate for afternoon tea.

The following meeting will be on the 16th April, venue is yet to be confirmed.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sir Peter Blake Trust Environment Forum

Dear Home-educators

This year Sir Peter Blake Trust Environment Forum will be held in Wellington from Sunday 11 to Thursday 15 April.

The forum is hosted in in partnership with the Ministry for the Environment and is packed with great experiences for young people aged 16 - 18. They'll meet and spend time with other like-minded young environmentalists and participate in workshops, field-trips and other activities.

Nominations are now open to students interested in environmental issues or resource management subjects. Around 45 delegates from around the country will attend the forum and two can be from Otago.

Please ensure this information is brought to the attention of your students and encourage them to be nominated. Applicants should apply in writing by Wednesday 3 March to me, at the Otago Regional Council, Private Bag 1954, Dunedin 9054.

For more information about the forum and the Sir Peter Blake Trust see the websites below or give me a call on 0800 474 082.

Yours sincerely
Kerry Dohig
Communications Co-coordinator

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Christchurch Conference

The Mind Your Brain Tour.

Terry Small a.k.a. “The Brain Man” is a sought after International conference speaker who will leave you astounded at the wonders of the human brain while giving you practical tips to help your brain work more efficiently. We are thrilled to have Terry as our Keynote speaker.

Dates: 17th & 18th March 2010

Parklands Baptist Church, 180 QueensPark Drive, Christchurch
Registrations: Soesi Watson Ph (03) 541 9211

Childcare is avaiable

Please make own arrangements for lunch and dinner (fish and chips on site). Tea and coffee will be provided. Contact Dot if you wish to contribute.

Check out the HEF website for more information about the workshops available.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Home Education Research

From Hefnet:

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Madeleine Bell and I am a postgraduate student at the
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia. I am studying for my
doctorate in music education, researching music and home education
under the supervision of Dr Michael Webb, Lecturer in Music Education.
I am interested in researching the influences of home education and
informal learning methods on the musical experiences and progress of
children. I plan to carry out an exploration of home schooling
families in both NSW, Australia and New Zealand.

I was home schooled for basically my entire school life, and I
completed my Bachelor of Music Education with Honours at the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music in 2008. This background has fuelled my
interest in the field of home schooling and music education and I am
intrigued to discover how the informal learning approaches
incorporated in home education relate specifically to music learning.

I am seeking to recruit home schooling families who are involved with
music at any level and individuals involved in their music training
and education. I hope to conduct interviews with participants to
investigate their opinions, experiences and perspectives relating to
the topic of research. I would also like to carry out some
observations of musical activities undertaken by home schooling
families both inside and outside of the home.

From your website I see that you’re network is involved in providing
resources and support for home educating families. I am writing to ask
if you would offer your assistance in recruiting participants for my
research. I hope to come to New Zealand at some stage during the year
to visit home educating families who are involved with music. If you
have any contacts with families or could point me in the right
direction that would be great. I would really appreciate any support
or assistance you can offer me.

Thank you for your time!

Yours Sincerely,

Madeleine Bell PhD researcher

ph: +61 405222720

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Meeting Dates

12 February 2010 - 12:00pm

Pot luck lunch at Claire Latta's house from 12 onwards. Please contact Claire or Selina-Jane for more information or if you need directions.

Time4Learning Review from an NZ perspective

The following e-mail was sent to Barbara at Hefnet:

I run an online homeschooling service in the US and, having been largely schooled in the UK, am very aware of how different the educational systems are. I’m wondering if my system,, might be of interest to your community or not. We have a few hundred users from New Zealand, Australia, UK, and South Africa and many of them are not just American expatriates. If you or any of your members are interested, I could provide a free membership to our service for people to try it. All I ask is that they provide an opinion of whether, or in what ways, the materials might be useful to homeschoolers in New Zealand. Ideally, they would find that there are ways or situations where it’s useful and so, you might share the review with your membership. Would you know anyone interested in trying it on that basis? If you wanted to post this somewhere to find volunteers, I could provide several (lets say up 4) family memberships for two months each so long as each family agrees to write a short review of their experiences.
John Edelson

For more information click here: or

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