It’s 2 weeks since our official de-registration and the start of our unschooling h.e journey (although this of course began many moons ago). Just 6 weeks ago, at the end of her last term at school), my eldest daughter (nearly 6) was an anxious, distressed, angry mess. Any interest she once had in reading and writing had shut down. Sleep was torture, her sensory issues controlled her and us, she had bitten her nails so much her fingers were raw, painful and with almost no nail left. Today, she sleeps! She enjoys being read chapters of a good book when she is tired (this is a great time for connection with her Dad and he is discovering a joy in reading too), snuggles down in her bed listening to Eva Cassidy and looks at the stars on her ceiling, then she sleeps all night and wakes up…happy! She isn’t so jumpy and isn’t having a meltdown whenever a bus or lorry pass us, she’s also gradually relaxing into wearing different clothes and fabrics. And, she has nails! There are still daily challenges but we are a work in unschooling progress, it feels good. I am now confident that the happier she is the more confident she will be and she will find joy and interest in reading and writing once again. The support I have received directly and indirectly from other unschooling families has been invaluable in getting us (me) to this point.
– Amy Grosberg