Her First Day of Seventh Grade

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Most kids are probably still enjoying the end of their summer vacations, getting in those last trips to the beach between buying school supplies and new clothes for the first big day — but my girl is starting school today instead.

Her summer camp wrapped up last week and she had a few days “off” with her dad, and now this morning we are off and running with our combination of online schooling and unschooling, because this kid (and her mom) beats to her own drummer.

That’s the beauty of homeschooling.

You can do whatever you want — or don’t want — to do.

You don’t have to get up at six in the morning to catch a bus.

You don’t have to worry about gross school lunches or even worse, trying to find someone to sit with to eat your gross school lunch.

You don’t have to break your back carrying around forty pounds of textbooks and notebooks for each class.

You don’t have to deal with picky, old school teachers.

You don’t have to deal with bullies.

You don’t even have to take your pajamas off.

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And if you’re the special kind of twelve year old who is still comforted by Frozen blankets and stuffed monkeys from Build a Bear, you don’t have give up your comforts and security to go to that tenth circle of hell which is middle school.

There are other options.

There are better options.

This is absolutely the best option for us.

Good luck in seventh grade, my squido. You rock!