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APPLICATION FOR EXEMPTION FROM ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL

By Mike & Lynette Woods The following comprises excerpts from our application seeking exemption of our own children from attending public school and to educate them at home. It is published with the aim of helping fellow NZ home schoolers work through their own exemption applications. It may still be of interest to others elsewhere. […]

NEW NATURAL LEARNING MAGAZINE

Life Learning – The International Magazine of Self-directed Learning is a new, high quality, bimonthly subscription magazine dedicated to providing trustworthy, inspiring information and a forum for discussion about self-directed, life-based learning. Explore how people learn – what helps and what hinders. Investigate ways to help kids learn (and what you can learn from them). […]

WHAT IS NATURAL LEARNING?

So what on earth is natural learning? Isn’t all learning natural? What would you do different if you were following a natural learning approach? How can I pursue natural learning? Natural Learning: What is it? Natural Learning is simply a conscious decision that learning should take place in a natural manner without recourse to the […]

COMPUTER SOFTWARE FOR DE-SCHOOLERS

Introduction Anybody educating their children at home and reading this will be aware of the potential of the computer as a learning tool. However, much of the software available for both children and adults is not by nature educational. Computer retailers will tell you that the majority of computers sold to families will be used […]

A paradigm shift

Abandoning the institution of school and taking a natural learning approach is really a paradigm shift. Most people will not understand that natural learning does not involve children following a curriculum, taking exams, being socialised (through peers), using textbooks, etc. At best they will think that you are a bit daring, slightly unusual, experimenters…. at […]

Unschoolers and a “Christian World View”

Do Christian “natural learners” (“unschoolers”) have a world view the same as other Christians? Some of them will, but not all! A recent advertisement on the NZ Unschooler’s list announced the NEW ZEALAND WORLDVIEW CONFERENCE to be held April 7-12, 2002. The aim of the conference is “to help our young people understand the dominant […]