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    NZMama, good luck with the school for your little one! I hope it maintains peace and harmony in your hous.
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

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    Thanks guys. I am simultaneously ok with it and not. It is what she wanted and I can totally see why. She misses her friends, sometimes I am busy with work, and sometimes DD10 gets tired/frustrated and lashes out at her. So even though we both loved doing school together, she was not 100% happy. I do feel sad that she won't get as much time to just explore and be creative. She loved sitting outside watching birds. Just the other week she was out there in a deck chair with an umbrella in the rain, which is something she can't just go and do at school.
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    Well, if the school doesnt work out, she can come back home - this isnt a life-long commitment you two are making.

    How is NZ about absences? If theyre not overly controlling, maybe (especially at this age) she can skip a little school if there is a better opportunity at home (or a trip with DD10).
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    Oh yes, for sure I will bring her home if she is not happy. I know she will love it though. Because its is busy chaos, which she thrives off. I will just miss what could have been in my "ideal" homeschooling world, but I know it was not ideal for her, so I need to stop comparing with that.

    Unfortunately they are pretty militant on attendance here. It used to be that up to age 6 (the age they legally have to start school), that if they started at 5 (which most kids do), then attendance was not compulsory. Now attendance is compulsory between age 5 and 6. They are only allowed 18 half days (9 full days) of unexplained absences (anything bar sickness pretty much) per year. Even with sickness, they get antsy if you go over the 9 days. DD10 had issues with tonsillitis and tons of time off really really unwell and on antibiotics. Her teacher actually said to her/me in a stern tone "you are not allowed to get sick any more". What? Like do you want her here sick? Or do you think we somehow choose for her to get sick or are faking it? At this stage, she knew DD was scheduled to get her tonsils out and was always on antibiotics, so its not like we were in any way seeming like we were faking it.
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    BTW, I would love to be in CA and homeschooling with a charter. I think that would be ideal for DD5. The getting to go out of the house and see kids some days per week but having time at home too. I don't like the all or nothing mode of homeschool.
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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