End of an era...

And here we are. Four years after we started, finishing up homeschooling.

We are ending more with a whimper, than a bang, but that is also one of the reasons we are going to back to school. Yet, there are still signs around the house that we were, at least for a bit, homeschoolers:

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I feel a little bit sad, because there was so much I wanted to do, but we never quite got there. There are quite a few unfinished and never started projects hanging around the house and ideas hanging around my head.

But you know what? As I said to the kids, I don't regret what we did - not for one second. Look at just some of the lovely memories we have to look back on:



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Oh, that made me a bit teary, looking back at all the cool things we did, together. TOGETHER! And how much they've grown! They've journeyed from children to young adults. Oh sure, we've had our difficult moments and sure, there aren't as many lovely pics from this year, but I'm so glad we did it.

And you know, I met so many lovely people! In real life and online, through this blog and Facebook and the Home Education Association. A real community! I thank every one of you for the support and tidbits and joy in our journey together.

In a few short weeks, I'll be posting pics of kids starting school in their shiny new uniforms. At one stage, I was very convinced we'd never do that ever again. But never say never. It's just a new phase in our lives, but as I look back on the last four years, I'll always look back with fondbness at our homeschooling era.


  1. Good luck guys with the new school. I am sure you will rock the place with your brilliance. Have enjoyed reading about your journey.

  2. I can't wait to read all about the next chapter, Ingi!

  3. Hmm, don't know why the answer is 8, I thought it was 6 too. Please explain! (channeling Pauline Hanson :-) )

    Good luck with the return to school. Mine were in school for just over 18 months. There were good things, opportunities and learning experiences, but on the education front not much happened in maths. Both boys tested almost back at the same level in Singapore Maths. Not Happy Jan! (Gee am I quoting a lot of Australian references or what?!)

    I hope your children do well and that the school appreciates their uniqueness.

    Best wishes
    Jen in Qld (prev NSW)

  4. Hi Jen!

    if something cost $4 plus half its cost, how much is it? Lots of people yelling out 6, but WG pipes up 8 (which is the right answer)
    So, if the "something" is represented by x, then you can write an equation: x = 4 + x/2
    To solve for x (ie: work out what x is - in this case, how much the "something" costs), you need to get all the x's on one side of the equation and all the numbers on the other, in this case, substract x/2 from both sides:
    x-x/2 = 4
    Multiply both sides by 2 to get of the fraction:
    2(x-x/2) = 2.4
    2x - 2x/2 = 8
    Subtract the like terms:
    2x-x = 8
    and you are left with:

    Easy, huh? It took me a few minutes with pen and paper, it took her a few seconds with that scary brain of hers.

    We are going in with as positive attitude as we can, but also realistic expectations. We also know there are other options if it all turns pear-shaped!


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