About Us


The Pukeko Patch is our home education blog.

We will be recording what we are doing at our place to give the Oh Waily Kids skills for living an independent, intelligent, caring, loving and expansive life.

The Oh Wailys are a family of four.  Mum, Dad, Daughter and Son.
Mum generally goes by the nom de plume, Ms Oh Waily.
Dad suggests he should be Rob Anybody, to keep in the Oh Waily theme.

The Oh Waily kids are:

Miss Oh Waily
Miss Oh Waily

Pokey Tongue2
Master Oh Waily

Miss Oh Waily turned six in 2013 and as planned we submitted our exemption application to the local office of the Ministry of Education.  In due course our certificate of exemption arrived and we have been “official” home educators ever since. Master Oh Waily had his turn in 2015 when his sixth birthday rolled around.

Our learning style is best described as eclectic.  I have a great love of the Montessori way of conducting children’s education, but I am also open to the unschooling way of learning.  I like some ideas from the Classical style of learning and enjoy the imaginative aspects of Waldorf/Steiner.  And sometimes the old fashioned workbook comes in handy too.
Lately I’ve been reading about project based home education and no doubt in time we will explore what that has to offer us too.

That is the beauty of choosing this way of letting your kids learn.  You don’t need to follow any system in a rigid way.  You can pick and choose to suit your child, your family and yourself.  You can do all, some or none.
We are extremely lucky in our ability to cherry pick what works and discard what doesn’t.

I think that sums us up at the moment.

Welcome to the Patch, I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures in learning and growing.

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2 thoughts on “About Us”

  • Hello! I’m happy to have stumbled over your blog courtesy of the neighbourhood walk link-up. I also have a 5 year old (and 3 and 1 year olds) and am about to launch into the world of homeschooling in Denmark (unofficially, of course). I lean towards unschooling and Montessori too, so I will be following your learning adventures with great interest!

    Sincerely, Fiona

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