Wednesday, September 1, 2010

How we began our Unschooling Journey~

My family and I started Unschooling in August, 2006. I came home from school one day in my khaki pants and green collared shirt uniform. I had been in school only 3 days and was already assigned an essay. My sister, Chloe, who was 6 at the time, was sitting on the floor with my Mom working in a notebook. I remember asking, "Chloe didn't go to school today?..again?"

My sister was diagnosed that Summer with Type 1 Diabetes. And no, I don't mean the kind where you "eat to much". We get that a lot. I mean the kind where your pancreas completely stops working. She wasn't producing any insulin at all. Everyday consisted of 3 meals, with 2 snacks in between. Plus insulin shots. The school system wasn't taking care of her. She would come home everyday with sugars of 400 and up. My Mom and Dad finally drew the line.

I still remember coming home that day and asking that question. My Mom answered me, "I'm trying out Homeschooling". My first thought was, "Hey, what about me?????" I absolutely loathed school. It was basically prison for me every. single. day. We were clueless though. School was all we knew. I would be a little hesitant if I were my Mom too. Its a big step going from "school" to "thinking outside the box". My Mom and Dad finally did decide to try it out with both of us. She always said, "If it doesn't work out, we can always sign you back in." Well that never happened. Our journey with Homeschooling finally turned into our journey with Unschooling. We've expanded our thinking far past the line of normal. We live everyday like there's no tomorrow. I thank the universe everyday for our choice to Unschool. I can't imagine having it any other way.

Autumn ☯