Friday, May 25, 2012

We've been......

It's more than a month since I last posted. We've been busy adjusting to our new school year and the increased work load!
Yes I did say 'we' not just Rebekah:) Mum also needed adjusting and I've been tweaking it a little already to make it work for us.

I will post our modified Year 3 (Ambleside Online year 2) in another post for those interested:)

In the meantime I want to tell you all our good news! I passed, I did, I did, I passed! I even got two years!

I'm talking about re-registering Rebekah as a home schooler. You see I was a bit apprehensive as I'd heard some rumours about the new BOS official that this person was very much into crossing their 't's and dotting their 'i's.
I went into this process feeling like I was about to sit for an exam not necessarily because of what I'd heard, I think that was just 'me'. Which is why I felt like I'd passed and was ecstatic when I got the maximum allowed time of 2 years!

Well, I am into heavy documenting of what we do, I know, a rod for my own back some would say! But you know what, I think this definitely went in my favour! While this person did come across that way to me, I think they could 'see' that I was actually doing stuff with Rebekah:)

I know I may not be popular with some home schoolers that read this because of their own styles but hey, I've got to just be me, wouldn't you agree? ;)

I have however learned to relax a little with some of what I've been doing in terms of 'documentation'. They really don't have time to read about every little trip we've taken or the lovely stories my child wrote. So, I am relaxing a little:)

Apart from this we've been doing life as usual which involves regular park days with other home schoolers, work, church stuff, etc. Oh, I've also taken on a new role in the home school world. I've taken on the role of 'moderator' for one of the home school groups we meet with on a fortnightly basis. I think my gift for organisation seems to land me in these roles. I like telling people what to do lol! Don't hold that against me if you meet me in person:)

We also went on an 'apple picking' excursion up to Bilpin in the Blue Mountains last week. I must tell you I don't know how I'm ever going to go back to eating store bought apples again! If you've never eaten an apple straight off a tree, you will not know what I'm talking about. The crispness, the sweet juicy fresh flavours, oh yum! I'm going back there again!
This particular farm is open to the public so anyone wanting fresh apples is welcome to head in and pick them off the trees (so long as you pay of course).

Here's Rebekah picking apples off a tree:

Bon appetit and enjoy your weekend!


Beloved's Bride said...


It sounds like it will be a fun year.

We also love field trips.... and anything where we can pick and eat delicious food!

Deborah said...

Congratulations on getting your registration for the next two years.

We've got a couple of apple trees in the back here - one totally flopped - not sure why though, and the other - well I think we need to put a net on it or something as the birds ate most of them.

What I can't wait for is when the cherries grow again, now they were awesome~!! Straight off the tree out the back, oh so yum.

Sarah said...

Well done on getting your registration! Oh yes nothing like fresh apples, actually there is nothing like fresh vegetables and fruit. Have a wonderful weekend with your family.

p.s I am really interested in how your 'tweaking' AO2, I tweak too! xxx

Rebecca said...

Well done, Rosemary, of course you passed inspection! Though I'm sure it would be intimidating, I'm glad we don't have to do this in victoria (sorry to rub it in!).
I did see your ao2 post briefly, it looks like a great selection of stories :)

We buy yummy fresh apples each fortnight at the local farmers market - nothing compares!
Enjoy your weekend!

Anonymous said...

Of course it's no surprise to me that you passed with flying colours!! Well done!

It's fantastic that you went apple-picking, that must have been so nice for both of you! Looks lovely. :)

Sounds like you've been busy and things are going well. Hope you are having a great weekend! Love to you all xox

Ganeida said...

Envy on the apple front; Congrats on the accreditation& for being you! ☺ ~ ! Still, I knew you could do this...

joyfulmum said...

Thanks ladies :)
Sarah I am working on my ao2 post which accidentally got published for a few seconds before I took it down but cheeky Rebecca already saw it lol :) btw nice to hear from you again Rebecca :)

Ruby said...

That is great....we knew all along you would have no troubles!
Envious of those delicious looking apples. I think sometimes we settle for what we are used to not realizing how lovely the fresh ones are. Here we marvel at people paying enormous prices for mangoes when they fall all over the ground around the place!

Rosemary said...

Oh Ruby! You are making *me* envious - mangoes falling all over the place!!! I'd take mangoes over apples any day having grown up in the tropics:)

April said...


I have awarded you the “Versatile Blogger Award”.


Lina said...

Congratulations Rosemary - That's brilliant news! I had no doubt that you would 'pass' the exam. :)

We are about to embark on our 2nd chance at home schooling this week and I'm nervous and excited about the upcoming interview.

Take care and hopefully we will catch up soon at one of the homeschool park days. :)


Joyfulmum said...

Oh wow! That's great to hear Lina! I will email you today:)
Hope to see you soon:) you'll be fine of course at the interview:)

Jeanne said...

Congratulations on your reregistration Rosemary. I'm keen to hear about your new year!

Love the pic of Rebekah. xx