So...yanno...big changes around these parts.
Even though Hubby and I have been chatting about potential changes for a while now (gotta talk about something else other than homeschooling, I guess), I think our announcement that we were moving to Canberra shocked a few people.
And the bit that shocked everyone was that I would be working full-time. Kinda shocked me too - it was a big decision, for sure. Because although lately I've been working 3-4 (or 5 or 6) days a week, mostly they weren't full days and we juggled homeschool around that. But working full-time? How would that work?
Well, we are not too stressed about it. The kids are getting older and I can see light at the end of the educational tunnel. I know we can continue to keep working away at academics in much the same way we are now and know they will be OK for tertiary studies in some form if that's what they'd like to pursue. I know we can find them some "social" outlets so they can talk to people their own age or who have similar interests who they aren't related to.
Alternatively, if we can find them some kind of school or school situation that works for them and they are happy with it, then we'll give that a go. But I'm not prepared to shove them in any educational institution just to make "other people" happy.
And that's what's bugging me - everyone's opinion on what I should do with the kids. The assumption they WILL go back to school.
Yeah, well, we will look through a broader lens than just kids go to school. Our kids will have an education that works for them. Having now been a part of the school system as a parent and a teacher and part of the homeschool community (note that it's NOT a system!), I know which one worked for my kids. School may yet work, but I don't feel the need to enrol just anywhere. We can think outside the educational square and we (all of us - me, hubby and the kids) will find a way that works for them. If it's distance education or open uni or school or senior school or technical college or a mix of all of the above, that's what we will do.
So, don't think I've forgotten the kid's education and don't assume what we will do with it.
OK. Rant over. As you were :-)
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