About me:

Name: Tani Newton

Birthplace: Coromandel, New Zealand

Place of Residence: Oamaru, New Zealand

Age: 39……approximately (don’t watch for this to change)

Occupation: Housewife

Ruling Passions:

(1) Declaring the reign of Jesus Christ

(2) Self-education – first for myself, and then for anyone else I can persuade to kick the dead-end habits of school and the junk culture

About my blog:

See above. I want to kill noxious words like ‘homeschooling’ and shout in the world’s ear that bringing up one’s own children is ordinary, normal life. I want people to hear that they can teach themselves what they want to know, that education is not difficult, that life is about learning. Expect a potent mixture of passion, humour and fury.


5 thoughts on “About

  1. wow! this is one of the most amazing, interesting, and exciting about pages that i have ever read in my life! do you mind if i quote you on one of my blog posts? (i would love to link your blog with your quote, if you give me permission to quote you on my blog…) i LOVE this blog… i am probably going to follow it for the rest of my life! :)

  2. Hi Tani, I have a peak at your blog every now and then ever since Mum (Lois) told me that you’re blogging. Thanks for writing – We are planning to homeschool too, and ‘getting all geared up’ by investigating curriculumns at the moment. I haven’t searched for anything on this topic on your blog, but wonder if you have particular favourite material to use for the starting years? Also, have you read posts on homeschooling by Ann Voskamp? Of course you might have different opinions on certain things she writes, but you might also enjoy reading about her thoughts on homeschooling. Maybe you even have a spare minute to give your thoughts on what she writes :-).
    Oh, and mind me thinking out loud: How on earth do you even find hands free time to give us your thoughts on various things? :-). I’m finding this the biggest obstacle to homeschooling – little ones, and very littles around… Maybe another idea for a blog on ‘helping those starting out”…
    Blessings and love, Elrike


    • Hi Elrike, it’s nice to catch up with you here! I had a look at the blog you mentioned, and liked and admired what Ann had to say. Except that I don’t feel it necessary to be nice-nice-nice about other people’s educational choices. Maybe I’m just a nasty horrible person, but I can’t accept that God would lead any Christian family to send their children to the pagans for an ‘education’, and I don’t believe that school is something anyone would come up with on a desert island with a Bible. It’s something we learned from the pagans. My approach to a lot of educational questions is to picture myself on a desert island with a Bible.

      To try to be helpful… one of the best resources I could recommend is the book Teaching the Trivium by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn. It’s very good for showing practically how to give your children a fine classical Christian education with all the time-wasting busywork left out! It looks a bit intimidating at first but when I read the lists of what-to-do-when I’m often pleasantly surprised by how much we’ve actually achieved. And we are probably pretty far down the disorganized, hippy-drippy end of the scale. I don’t start using curricula until they’re eight or ten, and firmly believe that reading aloud is basic education. It also has the matchless advantage of lending itself to simultaneous breastfeeding!

      I’m getting a bit disgusted with my own negativity on this blog and am planning to start a new series on what education IS. So I hope that will give you some food for thought and I’d love to hear what you have to say too!

      As to how I find time to blog… well, apart from the fact that I don’t sleep enough, the true answer is that I am an addict of R.C. Sproul Jr.’s blog, and my rule is that I can only read his blog on days when I’ve been working on mine.

      Enough confessions
      Best wishes

  3. Tani, Love your blog, I wish I had thought of it. Fantastic! Hope you continue for a long
    time and don`t give up. We win in the end. Sonja.

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