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We're meeting with our EC in a couple of days and was wondering what to expect. We haven't enrolled yet, but we will on Thursday. I'm pregnant and oh so tired and spacey lately, I'm afraid I won't ask the important questions. Anyone been through this and can offer some pointers?? Thanks!
 

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We are using EP, it's our first year and ds is technically in K. I say technically, because we truly lean towards unschooling, no formal academics, completely child led learning here. We have a nice educational specialist and although most of her other families are school-at-homer's, she is very supportive of our unschooling approach.<br><br>
On her first visit we basically talked about what my ideas and plans/style were and how much I wanted her to be involved. We went over the charter agreement and signed the agreement. We had our first monthly visit a couple of weeks ago, and I was nervous leading up to it. She was very encouraging though and all I did was tell her what types of things we'd been up to (basically just living life) and from that she documented that we'd covered the major subject areas. She talked to ds about stuff he is interested in, mainly Star Wars...lol...and she was genuinely interested. We have to turn in two work samples each month, and what we gave her was just stuff that Gavin had been figuring out on his own, practicing writing some letters and numbers and that was acceptable. We can turn in drawings, ds can dictate stuff to me to turn in, photographs of things we've done or places we've been. We spent the day today up at the LA County Natural History Museum and I took some photos of Gavin drilling the docents for information...lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Basically, I am very impressed with how receptive they have been to our relaxed unschooling approach, I was worried about that going into it.<br><br>
From what I hear, your success with any charter school depends almost entirely on your educational specialist. EP has told us that we can switch at any time if our ES isn't the right fit for us, which I appreciate.<br><br>
As far as educational funds go, I haven't used anything except the resource library as of yet. I'm trying to find a martial arts studio to start the process of becoming an approved vendor for the school, but I'm in no rush since we've been vacationing quite a bit lately. We'll probably use some of our $$ on some art supplies soon too.<br><br>
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You definately have helped put me at ease, thanks. That's very similar to our philosophy (unschooling). My son will be in kindergarten also. We thought we'd skip it but he has an interest in school so we're going to give it a shot. I could see enrolling him in a music or art program, but beyond that nothing "formal". Thanks again for your input. I hope we like our EC!
 

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Hi Brandymama, thanks for asking! He had to reschedule until next Monday...I'll let you know how it goes! Karin
 
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