Today we received our Certificate of Homeschooling Exemption from the Ministry of Education in New Zealand!! I didn't realise how excited and slightly elated it makes me feel, not only to know that I can actually write something that is coherent to award an 'approval', but also to have the power to enjoy teaching my own children!! It was a great moment to open it and see that our decision to homeschool had been granted, as the kids helped me post the application merely 3 weeks ago, so thank you to the Ministry of Education for your speedy reply!
I must thank my friends and family who have helped and encouraged me in support and reference material to keep the 'ball rolling' so to speak. Everyone has influenced my (our) decision to homeschool so a HUGE THANK YOU!
Some of the websites that have been a great help to me include:
Learnex - Applying for Homeschooling Exemption
Home Education Foundation - Exemption Tips and Ideas
NZ Home Education - Legal & Administrative Issues
Home Education NZ
There are other ways to help you out in your Homeschooling Exemption and these include:
- Unlimited resources online
- There are some small businesses that import educational resources and can recommend materials to help. At www.home-education.org.nz they have a list of resource suppliers.
- Once you have applied for your exemption and it has been approved, they Ministry of Education will make the New Zealand Curriculum available for you to view.
- Guidance from friends who have already applied and had their Exemption approved. (Note: This may be too personal for some, but if you have friends who are willing, it certainly helps and takes feeling of been overwhelmed!)
So that was our day!!
Good luck to those who are applying!!