You may wonder, what makes homeschooling in New Zealand a success? Homeschooling in New Zealand has many advantages. First, it allows families to spend more time together, which can be beneficial for reducing bullying and socializing. In addition, it can lead to recognised qualifications. And of course, it makes teaching your children easier.
Homeschooling is a success when it’s aligned with immediate needs and interests
A successful homeschooling experience is one that’s aligned with the immediate needs and interests of the child. Homeschooling parents believe that learning is more meaningful when it’s centered on the interests of the student. They trust the student to know what’s right for them and to think outside the box when it comes to learning. They encourage their children to explore subjects that they otherwise wouldn’t be interested in. Often, this involves creating their learning projects.
Another important reason for homeschooling is that it provides personalized education. Children in traditional schooling don’t always have time to explore the subjects they’re interested in. They can be too tired or overwhelmed to talk about school. Homeschooling allows parents to determine the pace and re-teach concepts if their children are not grasping concepts.
It reduces bullying
New Zealand students are relatively free from bullying. One study showed that 33% of students aged 15 reported that they had never experienced bullying. The most common forms of bullying include being made fun of or excluded on purpose. As students get older, the frequency of bullying decreases. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds and low achievers are more likely to experience bullying. Interestingly, the groups reporting the highest incidences of bullying also reported the lowest rates of discrimination.
Another study found that homeschooling students were less likely to be bullied. Homeschoolers often displayed greater self-esteem and were involved in community projects. Compared to their public school peers, homeschoolers are also more likely to be involved in community projects.
It allows families to socialise with others outside the home
In the early 19th century, homeschooling was the only option for many immigrant families in New Zealand. Although it can be a beneficial experience, there are also disadvantages. For instance, some families may be too isolated for other people to interact with them. Despite this, homeschooling allows families to develop a strong family bond and cater to their children’s unique needs.
Homeschooling in New Zealand is completely legal. Parents only need to fill out an exemption application to educate their children at home. This process is fairly simple.