14 March 2018

Highschooling The Final Two Years ~ Down to One Student

Two years from now I'll be donning the badge of homeschool mum emeritus.
With Jay (just turned 18) focusing on self-directed studies in Economics, and working part-time, I have just Daisy to facilitate highschool subjects for this year.
It feels a little surreal to be in the last few years of our family's home educating journey. When we received our exemption to home educate Jay, way back in 2006, the task to educate him seemed to stretch out so far in front of me - and while difficult terms felt longer than they were, the cumulative years of educating at home have gone by so quickly.
People ask me what I'm going to do once I've finished homeshooling the children.  A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.  There are so many things I could be doing - it will be interesting to see how the post homeschooling years play out ..... though I am hoping to take, at least, a few weeks off to clear away the-educating-at-home debris (-: 
However, between now and then Daisy and I have a lot to achieve.

We had to wait until Daisy turned 16 before we could enroll her as a young adult student with (The New Zealand Correspondence School) Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu - Te Kura for short.  Once her enrollment was accepted we elected for  Daisy to work in only three NCEA subjects this year (Maths, English, and Digital Studies), which is gifting her with time to pursue other areas of interest.

As an aside: the children's birthdays are two years and two days apart - hence the shared birthday cake beneath.
Jay's half of the Cake: Bitcoin and Astronomy-themed 
Stacey crafted this clever split cake. I've blocked out the names.
Daisy loved the hand-painted farm-theme, complete with a horse
A few NZ home educators ask why (?) we choose to unsubscribe from being registered homeschoolers and enroll the children as young adult students with Te Kura.  Though homeschooled students, 16yrs and older, can enroll to study in one or two subjects with Te Kura and still receive the home educating allowance, we find it is more beneficial for our family to have access to the interesting, and sometimes very expensive - though free to us - extras Te Kura offer young adults studying three or more subjects.
IE: The Star Courses. 
Along with a few other worthy courses available in 2016-17, Jay also did a retail experience course, Red Shirts with The Warehouse, which he found very insightful.
Daisy is keen to complete the Barista, and, the Red Cross First Aid courses.

I'll add a separate post detailing the other, non-NCEA based, subjects of interest she plans to do, along with the selection of literature she'll be reading during 2018.
We've selected out quite a few audiobooks for her to listen to as well, which gifts her with time to crochet, colour-in, or card craft.
Posters colour co-ordinated for our decor♥ 

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