Homeschool registration… I don’t really like those words. I often wish there was no such thing as record keeping and registration visits. What if our kids could learn what they liked, in their own way, without us worrying about having to satisfy registration requirements? Wouldn’t that be good?
I live in NSW, Australia and unfortunately we don’t have that freedom. However, in all the 22 years we’ve been homeschooling, I’ve never experienced any difficulties obtaining registrations for my children, even when we’ve been unschooling. We haven’t had to compromise: My children have always learnt in a way that suits them best.
But there’s been a lot of talk recently about the updated homeschool Information Package for NSW homeschoolers. Some people are concerned that the changes are making it more difficult to register. My family tend to homeschool in our own little world, and it was a long time before I even heard about these changes. When I eventually did, I thought I’d better go and read the relevant document.
Within the document are 19 questions and answers written to ‘assist parents’ in understanding what is required of us if we want to homeschool our children.
Question 2 asks: Does the updated Information Package require me to change the way I home school my child?The answer is No.
Does the homeschooling educational program need to be based on Board of Studies syllabuses? And the answer is Yes.
I had a look at the syllabuses and my heart sank. I wondered if it is actually possible to unschool if our children’s learning has to be based on these documents. How do we prove our unschooling children’s learning satisfies question 5? Do we need to include the syllabus outcomes when we are record keeping? I don’t want to do this, but I have heard some APs are asking for evidence that the outcomes have been met.
possible record keeping ideas. Again I share my Evernote homeschooling notebooks on screen. I show a method for
including the syllabus outcomes. I do some chatting about unschooling.
watch it in two or three sessions if you haven’t got a long enough stretch of
quiet time. I’m hoping once you’ve heard my ideas, you’ll stop by and share your own experiences and suggestions. In particular, I’d like to hear if anyone else has been given a
long registration period, even though they haven’t provided any learning outcomes.
notebook. I’ve decided not to share a public link after all, but I’m happy to extend personal invitations to view my notebook if anyone is interested. Please see my post What My Girls Did This Week and How I Recorded These Learning Experiences for details.
PS I should have made a test video to check the lighting before recording this video. Because i didn’t, I look rather washed out. Never mind. At least you can hear my voice!