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When the aquarium becomes classroom

Posted: October 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Daniella Schulman enjoys a field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific.

 

It’s Wednesday, and while most kids are in school, I am heading to the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Because I’m schooled from home, I can go on special fieldtrips that are set up just for home-schoolers.

Why did my parents choose to home-school?  I was born with an immune defect, so I don’t make as many antibodies as other people and get sick easily. My parents moved to Los Angeles so that I could be treated by an amazing doctor at Children’s Hospital.

My parents chose to keep me safe by schooling me from home.  

This worked out well because, while I was sick, I was still able to learn, and I’ve never missed a day of school.

I played games that taught me about math, literature, history and the arts.

My dad did awesome science experiments with me, like making elephant toothpaste, and this is part of my life today.  My mom got me involved with home schooling groups in SCV.

I had fun taking classes such as ice-skating, tennis, bowling, art, piano, and don’t even get me started about Rolling Robots.

Despite my health issue, I’ve been able to do many things that I may not have been able to do in a conventional school.

I use an online school and this has allowed me to go at my own pace. I can take time, when I feel fatigued, or jump ahead to make time to do extracurricular activities.

Recently, we took the day off and went to the aquarium. My favorite part was when five different lorikeets landed on my arm. When I fed them, it made me feel like I was a part of their life and that was wonderful.

On home-school park days, I enjoy meeting people of all ages, ethnicities and religions.  

And, of course, I love playing with my little brother. I cherished being able to be school from home so that I could help to raise him.

Today, my health is better managed and yet I still see many reasons to home-school.  Why do I school from home today? Because I choose to.

Schulman, 10, of Santa Clarita, is a member of Homeschool Explorers of Santa Clarita, Homeschooling in SCV and California Virtual Academy.

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