Thursday, August 5, 2010

It's official!

We're doing a happy dance!  We are now officially home schooling Elijah!!  I know it's only a technical, legal point, but I'm the kind of person who likes to be affirmed and told I'm on track.  It's probably not normal to be so excited by this, but it's such a relief, since we've waited for this day for a long time.

Our interview went for two hours, and Mr N. read everything I'd written.  Often his eyebrows would wobble, he'd go tut-tut and shake his head.  Uh oh, I thought.

I saw that face a lot as he turned the pages (educational philosophy, goals and plans, evaluation, scope and sequence, reflections, etc.).  Half of it was nicely typed and polished, and half scribbled in handwriting, trains of thought, lists, messy mind maps.  A lot of things I just pulled from my blog and slightly altered to suit the purpose!

After seeing that head shake and hearing the tutting a few times, I asked him what was up ... it turns out that's his 'I'm impressed' face!  He gave us a lot of positive feedback.  I was embarrassed.  I didn't go overboard with paperwork, as in my uni student and teaching days, but I guess all my research, thinking and reflection over the last few years has paid off and ended up as something coherent which represents what we do well enough.  I'm sure the Lord helped me balance my responsibilities this week ... busy life with the kids, preparation for our FBI Detective Day, preparing Sunday School lessons and pulling together 3 years worth of home ed. stuff'!!

Whew!  Glad it's over and I can get some sleep.  We went out for dinner to celebrate tonight ... a seafood restaurant.  Elijah is OVER THE MOON to know that we are now registered, so he doesn't have to worry about having his education interrupted by school!  When asked what he likes best about home schooling, he said "We play a lot."  Ha!

Gotta get some zzzz's.  Just had to say WOOHOO!!!!!!!!


  1. Hi Vanessa,
    We were very excited...I think I may have even done a happy dance. It is wonderful when all the hard work and thinking come together to get such a good result. I look forward to catching up with you, so you can tell me about it a little(not being nosy, I just found it really interesting as to what he thought) Anyway rest easy. Blessings, Renelle

  2. Hurray! Your process sounds difficult. All we have to do is fill out a yearly form, with the ages, and grades of the children. I'll remember to be extra thankful for that this year :)

  3. Woohoo! How exciting! I am a little bit more pleased with my Provinces near-total hands-off approach though. I send in a letter once a year. Some families don-t even do that.

    Welcome - officially ;)

  4. Awesome!!
    We are treading nervously in that direction :/

  5. Good One Butterfly!

    I think that the process if very helpful as it helps us to consolidate. Mr N hardly reads my stuff.I snatch it out of his hand to show him the next thing. We are educating the "inspector", it is great he was so impressed.




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