Homeschooling – No looking back

As Izz starts to regress and the gifted school would be moving somewhere not nearby, we had to pull him out. Advancement is a good thing but too much of mixing schools and classes also seems a bit hard for us to manage. The traveling and the timing, not forgetting the time for eating and most importantly for us, playtime. We need to make sure that our son’s emotion is stable and that we as a family do not burn out also.
We opt to homeschool Izz again. As Izz has advanced a lot as a 6 year old child, we had difficulties to homeschool him. We were also not familiar with it and our learning curve was steep. We tried homeschooling him when he was younger (refer No school is good school?) but the situation and topics to be learned are different. We seem to fail miserably and sent him to another international school that ended up so badly, as not only was he was bullied but a lot of the teachers did not believe in him. The school management was also constantly blaming him or us. He regressed up to the point of almost depression. That’s it…NO MORE SCHOOL.
We discussed and tried to plan how to homeschool our son. We started by teaching him whatever he can learn and one of our cousins was on a term break, where we engaged him to teach Izz Vectors and Matrix. As we still try to plan the learnings for our homeschooling, we got some interns that was working around our area and engage them to teach science. The interns were his best friends at those moments. We looked around for classes that can support gifted children and found NZCGE (New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education) We had to fill in a lot of forms and there were three trial classes, which afterward he was accepted. The only problem with the NZCGE classes was the time zone difference and our son’s classes can be as early as 5 am.
I enrolled in a Masters of Education program and Izz’s father is assigned to manage his homeschool and daily schedule. As it was in 2018, it was so hard for me to enroll in Master’s program that is fully online as I was working full time. We managed eventually, to create an environment where our son could learn, and at the same time, we learn too……When we are lost for words or tired or bumped into a brick wall as we try to secure our journey, we just remember to

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