Updated: Jun 20, 2018
You could call me an average, typical, 10-year-old, girl. I am a loud-talking, writing-loving, anything to do with school-loving girl, and I look like a typical girl of my age. I was born in Philadelphia (unlike my sisters), and I love my dog, Panda. I'm ten and I will be turning 11 in September. The thing that makes me different, is that I went sailing halfway around the world when I was five. When people talk to me about my adventures, three things happen. This is the typical conversation that follows:
1) The person would ask: "Hey, Jade, right? I heard you went on a cruise."
I would say: "Um, it wasn't a cruise. We didn't have our own crew, if thats what you think."
Person: "Ah. I see now."
2) The person could ask: "Didn't you live on a ship* for two years?" *I hate it when
I always say: "It wasn't a ship!!!!!!!" people say SHIP.
3) Somebody says: "Can you tell me all the places you went ?"
I say, nervously: "Well, it's rather hard to remember because I was five years-"
Person, screams: "Tell me!!!"
I missed kindergarten and first grade because we were on the boat, but we came back for my second, third, and fourth grade years. These past three years, I have met new friends, dipped into "actual school", and learned new things at my old school, The Philadelphia School. But through it all, I'm happy to say I have never forgotten homeschooling, the boat, or all my boat friends. And now that we're leaving, I can finally put those memories to use.
I already miss my dog and my grandparents most, and my class/school second—I always liked homeschooling more than regular school. When I look back on all the boat memories and compare them to the land memories (very few of them), I find myself enjoying the boat memories better than the land memories. Not very surprising. It's not as if I hate land life and think it's the worst thing ever in the entire universe. It's just that I enjoy boat life more than most people.
I'm going to be combining fifth and sixth grades on the boat, next year. My birthday, September 3rd, is three days after the cutoff, September 1st, of my old school, so I'm old for my grade. I will be using a curriculum next year called Calvert. It looks great, and I'm really exited about it. I took some tests and then my mom ordered really big boxes full of heavy books and other school materials. I will also be getting someone who works for Calvert to look over my tests and give me new school things. If I had to compare homeschooling to regular school, I would choose homeschooling. When you put the pros and cons together, you really see that homeschooling is much better, for certain people. Sure, you don't really get to see your friends that much, but you get to wake up at whatever time you want, do whatever class you want, AND do school in your PJ's. Some people, like my sisters and I, like homeschooling a lot. Other people think homeschooling is something from outer space.
I am sort of scared to try kite-surfing, wind-surfing, SCUBA diving, and regular surfing in Australia. My parents want me to take classes in these things, and want me to be certified in SCUBA diving. I know it is normal to be scared. When I try to think of how much fun I will have doing these activities, I can't imagine having fun. I have tried snorkeling and surfing before, so I just try to remember what it felt like and if I had fun. I've seen kite-surfing and wind-surfing before, so I try to remember what it looked like. I do remember having fun surfing, though. But I know I will have fun trying all these things. Overall, I know I will love sailing again for the second time with my family on Dafne II.