What is Home Education?

Home education is a term used to describe parents taking responsibility for their children’s education by educating them otherwise than at a public or private school. In reality much of our learning doesn’t happen at home but out in the wider world. We have used the term home education rather than homeschooling because most of what we do does not look like school.

What is unschooling/ Natural Learning?

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.

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 allows parents and children to exercise control over content, timing, methods and personnel.
  • It encourages autonomy and promotes individuality and creativity.
  • It also allows time for children to discover and pursue their true interests.

What about Socialization?

How do I homeschool my older child/ren?

The short answer is you can just keep doing what you are doing. The long answer is that you may want to start thinking about what your child would like to do when they are older. Think about whether they will need qualifications i.e. will they need (or want) to go on to tertiary education? Are they passionate about something that they can get an apprenticeship for? Do they want to pursue something that is so unique it isn’t taught anywhere?

If your child/ren doesn’t know what they want to do that is fine also. It is important that we let them know that at 13 or 14 (or even 20, 30 etc) you can change your mind about which direction you want to go in.