The Homeschooling Statistics in New Zealand 2021 reveals that a quarter of the students enrolled in homeschooling are children of Maori descent. As of 1 July 2021, a total of 1,858 students had enrolled in homeschooling. These students were on average 8 years old. The majority of them were under 12 years old, with only 0.8% being over 16. The majority of students were of European/Pakeha origin, while 17.8% of students were Maori and Pacific, Islanders. Three percent of students were Asian.
Homeschooling is popular among all races
The popularity of homeschooling is on the rise, and it has recently been observed in Southland and nationwide. Parents have cited the threat of Covid-19 as a motivation for homeschooling, while others have cited gaps in their children’s learning during the lockdown. Regardless of race, homeschooling is a popular choice for many parents.
As of 1 July 2021, there were 7,749 homeschooled students, comprising 4,412 families. Their average age was eight years old. Sixty-nine percent were under the age of 12 years old, and only one percent were older than 16 years old. Most of the homeschoolers were European/Pakeha, while only 16.5% identified as Maori or Pacific. However, the proportion of students enrolled in homeschooling over 10 years was small.
It is a cost-effective option for nomad families
There are several pros and cons to homeschooling. One of them is the intangible benefit of parental love. While frequent face-timing and summer trips may compensate for the lack of time, nothing can ever be substituted for the love and affection of a parent. If your family is always on the move, homeschooling may not be the best option for your kids. However, there are ways to homeschool on a budget and still provide for your children’s educational needs.
Homeschooling allows nomad families to create a customized learning environment for their children. They can decide to study local languages, history, and culture. Some parents even opt to make homeschooling a full-time job for one parent, making it easier for them to move from place to place.
It improves children’s social development
There are many benefits to homeschooling your children. One of those benefits is improved socialization. Socialization involves teaching children how to function in society. This begins early on before the child enters a school. While schooling plays an important role in this process, it is not the only factor. In a study conducted by Patricia Lines, she found that children who were homeschooled exhibited fewer behavioral problems than their schooled peers.
Children’s social development is influenced by a variety of factors, including family dynamics. During the formative years of childhood, families are the most significant source of socialization, and the family is often the dominant source of socialization until around age seven. Consequently, children who homeschool tend to experience a gradual shift in their socialization patterns.
It is difficult for children to gain social skills
While it’s difficult for children to develop social skills in a homeschooling environment, there are some things you can do to help your child build social skills. For example, playdates with other children are a great way to encourage socialization. When children play with children who share the same interests as them, they are more likely to feel comfortable and at ease in a social setting.
One of the most important aspects of social development is getting your child out of the house. Even if you are homeschooling an only child, you should still get them involved in the community. Socialization happens naturally in the real world. Even simple things like chatting with the cashier at a store are socializing activities.