The Exemption Process

When first seeing the application for Exemption, it can be a bit overwhelming. However, if you break it down into sections, it is much easier to focus on what you wish to convey in your application documentation. Especially if your child is struggling with anxiety, sensory issues and being bullied, and you want to get it done as as soon as possible.

I researched for a year into home educating, and my husband and I discussed all of our options, then we decided we would go ahead with the application. During this time I was also suffering from a concussion and the post concussive syndrome, so I am sure that added to my brain fog, self doubt and stress. We decided to wait until I was better to begin the process. This was the right thing to do, but it came to a point where we could no longer wait so we went ahead and got started.

I highly recommend that you research  as much as you can, and join ‘Homeschool’ and ‘Unschooling’ (and in our case ‘AS Homeschooling’) groups, in order to find out what you want to do, as well as what others have done. Be sure to scroll through past posts as well as there is a wealth of information in the group pages.

This helps you not only in taking the right steps, but also formulating what your own schooling style is. It is also great for support and for learning through observing what others have had success with. Networking with other home educators is excellent for resource sharing as well.

We had some help with our exemption application from a lovely woman who has been home educating for 20 years. I found her through our local ‘Homeschoolers Group’ some of my friends told me about. She not only helped me with my paperwork, by providing examples, suggested edits and additions (for clarity) in my application, she also helped me with moral support.

Cynthia also spoke directly with the Ministry Of Education on my behalf and monitored my process. I will be eternally grateful to her for all of her support, as well as her dedication to Homeschooling families. Here is the link to Cynthia’s Website, just in case some of you are in NZ and considering home education for your family.

During the Exemption application process, your child must remain enrolled in school, but there are ways around that in extreme cases like ours, where the child is self-harming or ill due to the the stress of school. Our GP (General Practitioner aka Family Dr.) wrote an exemption certificate for 3 weeks for Sophia to miss school, based upon her levels of anxiety and stomach issues, relating to the anxiety and stress.

This worked well for us as I was not sending her to school in the shape she was in. Luckily, the exemption process only took 9 days from submission to acceptance or approval. I have never been so happy to have a piece of paper (except for my wedding day.)

If you have a child like mine, who struggled in school due to sensory overload, bullying, self-harm, a lack of support services, or even school staff lacking an understanding of Autism, or any reason at all; then I would suggest you look into home education, it has made a world of difference in our child.

Our official date to begin was 28 May 2015. This is her face when she found out…

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We have our Exemption Certificate!

“OMG! Really?!”

Yes, Kit, you are now an official Homeschooler! Are you Happy?

“OMG, OMG, OMG! YES!”

Me too baby girl, so very happy.

Deep Under The Sea

Writing Prompt:
You are deep under the sea. What do you do now?

Sophia’s answers:
1. Go visit SpongeBob, maybe get a krabby patty and then go stomp on Plankton.
2. Drown.
3. I would probably be scuba diving so I would be discovering new species.

Very creative and very clever. Bonus points!

A Fox in Pink Headphones

Learning at home

By 10:00 am, Sophia has done the following:

  • maths 2 units online
  • technology 2 units online
  • literacy 2 units online
  • maths worksheet
  • writing worksheet
  • reading / Social Skills read 3 social stories
  • sciences/animal fed and put away Flappy and Sugar

 

Because some days you just work better dressed as a fox in pink headphones.

Flappy Takes Flight

Yesterday afternoon the girls fed Flappy and Sugar, and then Flappy went missing until 3:20 today. Sugar was just lost and sad and we weren’t sure Flappy would come back.

Soph was pretty upset this morning and said; “It would be selfish of us to keep her all alone. In my research, I found they are social animals. That means they need other ducks or they can get depressed. Sugar looks sad. If Flappy doesn’t come back, we could send Sugar to live with other ducks so she’s not alone and sad. Maybe some of her family is still alive. Dad can check. We would never eat her aye mum?”


I told her we were on a ‘Sugar’ free diet. 😉 Then I said I was very proud of her so being so kind and we would wait until tomorrow and do more research before we decide what is best for Sugar.


Exactly at feeding time, Flappy came soaring across the lawn all majestic and proud of those amazing wings with a few extra flaps for show. Poor Sugar was so sad all day, then as soon as she saw Flappy, started wagging her little booty and chirping… (So did Soph.)


They nuzzled up and it looked like they hugged. I swear! Then she said, “Muscovy are the best, most loveliest ducks ever.” They had dinner, took a swim, and both are now fat and happy. She is right, they are so amazing.

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The Home Educators Group

I heard about this Group activity through our local Home Educators Group where they go to the gym Club and today we went.

I arranged to meet my good friend and fellow home educating hippie parent; Lyds and her daughter Kaya, who is Sophia’s friend as well.

Lyds and I do radical things, like attend protests with our families, sign petitions and write letters to officials, raise poultry/pets, recycle, upcycle, love our environment, barter, speak out against any injustice we find…

Such as being forced to ‘educate’  your kids in the way someone else dictates. (Regardless of the overall well being of the child.

This is more like indoctrination to follow the current system of thought.

Why must we apply for an exemption and then prove our worthiness to educate our own children?

These are our own children whom we have been educating for roughly 5 years prior to stepping foot in an educational institution. Many of which have older siblings. Who more qualified than their who knows them best.

Yeah, it is the law. Let me say again I say, WTF!!??

We went to the Home Educators gym club meet-up this afternoon. There were children of all ages, from toddler to teen and it was amazing watching all of these kids interact.

My first reaction was to laugh at the absurd statement so many of us hear from School Principals and teachers… “What about Socialization?”

THIS is real socialization, all backgrounds, ages and unique personalities, not separated into age defined rolls and lead to believe these are the only friends we should have.

Older children are such an important part of life skills and community building and I have never understood this grade concept grouped by age.

This Home Educators Group is amazing.

Aut[odidactic]ism and Asperger’s

Autodidacticism (also autodidactism) or self-education is the act of self-directed learning about a subject or subjects in which one has had little to no formal education.

Is there a connection to HFA / Asperger’s and being Autodidactic? We believe there is.

I believe it is a touch of both madness and giftedness which allows us too search endlessly for new knowledge, immersing ourselves with all of our senses, even the ones science has yet to admit exist.

Even able to adapt readily our position on any subject when presented with new information which proves the previous understanding illusory or at best incomplete.

The thirst for knowledge has never been quenched in my mother, myself nor my daughter.

A school atmosphere supresses her creativity and genius tremendously while overloading her senses and creating turmoil within her tiny body and mind.

I have applied to educate her at home using an Eclectic approach, what she needs are resources and freedom.

I was told I was making a mistake by the school… I disagree and I say, set her free and watch her fly.

This blog will follow her journey, and one day she will be able to see all she has accomplished and all of the support she has.