Just reminiscing today over this photo that came up in my Facebook memory. 6 years ago we put our first born in to school for the first time, by the end of the year we knew we’d never send her back. Now we unschool, so far removed from what this photo represented for us at the time.
It just wasn’t for us
School just wasn’t the way to go for us. We planned on travelling, so education had to happen outside of the traditional walls. We wanted freedom as well. We wanted to be there when the pennies dropped, when she learnt to read, when she discovered new things, when she showed pride in her work. We wanted family time. We wanted her to grow more than the four walls of a traditional school could allow her to.
Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing
A lot has happened in 6 years, since that first day. We’re no so far away from that pic above. Now unschooling, putting family first and learning through life. So today, the day when all the other kids go back to school, we are going sailing. Spending our last day with visiting grandparents and playing our new favourite board game. Tomorrow we are attending a ‘not back to school’ homeschool picnic.
It’s not the beach every day though
Don’t worry, the girls will still be learning and furthering their skills. Education is foremost on my mind. We just have to remember to be creative. I look for opportunities every day, all the time, it keeps me up some nights. Is it as easy as sending them to school? Depends how you look at it. Yes and no. I do think parents that send their kids are extremely brave and infinitely more organised than me, and that’s saying something.
How are you spending your first day ‘not back to school?’