I thought my daughter Charlotte and I had two good reasons to celebrate.
Reason Number One:
Charlotte ended an intense year of piano work with an exam. (The results haven’t been published yet, but she thinks she did okay!)
Reason Number Two:
I published the Lulu paperback version of my new children’s novel The Angels of Gum Tree Road. (Amazon paperback and Kindle ebook versions coming soon.) I wrote the book and Charlotte illustrated it. (I hope we did okay!)
Reason Number Three:
I didn’t know we had a third reason to celebrate until Charlotte said, “Oh, by the way, Mum… I was offered a Commonwealth supported place for my uni degree.”
“Why didn’t you tell me?”
“I got the offer in an email while you were at the library and later, well… I forgot about it.”
Fortunately, Charlotte didn’t forget to accept the offer. She did that straight away.
So what’s a Commonwealth supported place
? What does it mean? It means that the Australian Commonwealth government will be paying part of Charlotte’s university fees as she completes her Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design. That’s worth celebrating, isn’t it?
“So how are you going with your university work?” I asked.
Charlotte smiled. “I’m doing okay.”
And you know what? She is!
Can unschooled children get into university? If they want to, yes, they can.
I’ve told Charlotte’s story before. I had very little to do with her last couple of official homeschooler years. She had her own ideas about what she wanted to learn and where she wanted to go. She was self-motivated and didn’t need much help from me.
Did Charlotte give herself a good education? You can probably guess the answer to that question, but you can also hear it in podcast 38: Is Unschooling Just Living Life?
Talking of podcasts, you might have noticed I haven’t made any new ones recently. Somehow, I haven’t felt motivated to set up my microphone. I hope that will change. Very soon.
But back to our triple celebration.
Charlotte and I have had lots to celebrate recently. How about you? Have you had any exciting moments worth high fiving and cheering about?