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10 — Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, August 13, 2014 www.times.co.nz 126704 Mitre 10 Mega Botany Cnr Te Irirangi Drive & Bishop Dunn Place. Phone 09 272 8777. Mitre 10 Mega Henderson 186 Lincoln Road Phone 09 836 7700. ONLY AVAILABLE IN NEW ZEALAND AT PACKAGE INCLUDES JINKO SOLAR PANELS AND SMA INVERTER Made in Germany Available in 3KW, 4KW & 5KW For further enquiries: 022 4SOLARDEPOT (765273) firstname.lastname@example.org FINANCE PACKAGES AVAILABLE* * CONDITIONS APPLY Valid till 15/09/2014 WORLD’S LARGEST MANU FACTURER Starting From $9,995 Introductory Offer including GST & fully installed* Home-schooled children receive classroom lesson By Farida Master THE look on little Brad-Lee Miller’s face was of wide- eyed wonder. Five-year-old Brad-Lee stood rooted under a red spotlight. Suddenly, the lights went off. Out of the darkness leapt a merrily pumping heart. Not many children learn about the circulatory system by looking at an X-ray on a projector screen. Brad-Lee was spellbound thinking his heart could be seen on a screen. The other children in the spacious edu- cation caravan were equally enchanted. Soaking in every word their educator Celia Thompson said, they learnt about the functions of the vital organ and respiratory system. Harold, the friendly Life Education Trust giraffe, occasionally popped up to accompany the kids on the joyride lesson of the human body. The group of children were home- schooled students who’d come together for the first time in the mobile classroom run by the Life Education Trust. Life Education is a health resource offering schools a range of lessons from self-esteem, to food and nutrition, body knowledge, social relationships and substances. The mobile classrooms for ages five to 13 was stationed at Somerville Inter- mediate for two days during the recent school holidays. General manager Michelle Kidd decided to put the resources to good use. “Normally the classrooms are fully booked as we cater to 66,000 children and youth of Counties Manukau,” she says. “But I thought there’s a whole com- munity out there who don’t get an opportunity to experience it.” She sent out an email and had 50 home-school families immediately respond. It led to the inaugural event of home- schooled kids coming together in the Life Education’s mobile classroom. Brad-Lee’s mum Sandy Miller says she’s been waiting for something like this. “I don’t think parents realise how good these mobile classrooms are.” Being a teacher for 14 years, Mrs Miller values the high quality teaching done in an unconventional, stimulating and fun setting. Mother-of-five Daniel Lama says she’s home-schooling three of her kids, despite her older children – Danielle- Crystal Maresa and Anthony Norman who studied at Saint Kentigern College and Auckland Grammar respectively – doing exceedingly well. “After meeting friends’ children who were home-schooled, I decided to home-school Sefilino Fuli, 8, Samuel Kava Benjamin, 11, and Israel Joh, 12. “We had to sacrifice a lot. I had a dream job, but then it’s been worth it. Each of my children have a different curriculum to suit what they love in their learning. “My husband says it’s the most expen- sive private school in the world,” she says, with a laugh. Dispelling the myth home-schooled children lack social interaction, Mrs Lama says: “My three children are into water polo, rugby league, gymnastics, art, drama, worship, and are very good public speakers.” Grace Liu, mother of five-year-old Ezra and seven-year-old Caleb, agrees. “People have the wrong impression that children who are home-schooled don’t have social skills,” she says. The proactive Asian mother, who wasn’t sure if home-schooling was meant for her, “since English is my sec- ond language”, is constantly in contact with other home-schooling families. From participating in home-school history, science and art fairs, she often zips to other parts of Auckland where home-school groups catch up or go on botanical walks. Seeing how enthused the children are, Ms Kidd says: “We hope to have more of these in the near future once we get more sponsors. “Grace was telling us her sons were so excited about it and the first thing they said was, ‘we need to buy a lunch box to take to school’. “It’s a novel experience for them.” Home-schooled students interacted with Life Education Trust teachers in the mobile classroom stationed at Somerville Intermediate during the recent school holidays. Times photos Farida Master Educator Celia Thompson introduced Harold, the friendly giraffe, who popped up in a lesson to say hello.
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