Staying home to go to school

CHAMPIONS OF HOME SCHOOLING: Jacinta Sims and her mother Michelle with Adele Latu and her sons Barnabas and Samuelu at Nowra Library. TO SAY your children are home schooled these days doesn’t raise nearly as many eyebrows as it once would have.Nowra mothers Adele Latu and Michelle Sims both home school their children and say it’s a choice that works for them.Mrs Latu has four children, two girls and two boys aged from three years to 10.She has home schooled for a decade and said while in that time society’s perception of homeschooling has slowly improved the resources and support network have developed immensely.“My husband Sioloa and I decided to home school our children because we wanted to be the major influence in their lives,” Mrs Latu said.“If you could give your children all of you, you are probably giving them the best gift they could get,” she said.“It is very much about giving your children their own understanding of the world around them so they will be able to form their own opinions.“Yes, it is a commitment, but it is wonderful and there are so many resources available and the Shoalhaven Library is fantastic,” she said.Mrs Sims started to home school her daughter Jacinta, (10), this year.Her daughter had previously been to school and so took a little time to adjust, but Mrs Sims said home schooling suits her daughter.“I always knew it was an option and this was just the right time for me to start,” Mrs Sims said.“We have set hours when we do the work, and we both enjoy having the freedom to ease into the day. It works for us.”Shoalhaven City Library will launch its extensive home education collection from 6pm on Wednesday, July 18.The collection, which consists of over 300 items along with notes for parents, will offer extra support for home educated students.Covering a long list of subject areas, the resources have been specially tailored to children from five to 12 years in age.Shoalhaven City Council Library and Community Services manager Noela Lim said the collection launch would also provide a valuable opportunity for home schooling families to connect with other families who have students at home.“Many people choose to educate their children at home for a variety of reasons, the decision to home educate can offer more flexible learning with a focus on lifestyle and family connectedness,” Ms Lim said.For bookings or further information please contact Jessica Green on 44293 712 or [email protected] light supper will be provided.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.