But what are you going to do about school for your kids while your traveling?!?
It’s a question we are getting a lot while we are planning our trip.
There are 2 really big questions you have to answer when deciding how you are going to travel with kids and for how long.
1. How you going to pay for the trip? (this will be answered in another blog post)
2. What to do about school for the kids while traveling?
Question #2 depends a little bit on what country you are from. If you are in the United States, it also depends on what state you call home. We are residents in Oregon and they have fairly relaxed rules regarding homeschooling here. Right now we are homeschooling our daughter Jazmine through an online public school program called Oregon Virtual Academy which is a part of K12. Next year, we will be adding our son Elijah to the homeschool routine so we can all adjust before we hit the road and chaos ensues. They will be 2nd and 4th graders next year. I love the flexibility of the online program and the fact that it’s a public school helps me know what they are expected to learn each year. But, this isn’t going to work on the road. We won’t always be able to login to a computer at a certain time of day for our online classroom that is part of the school program. Also, every lesson is partly online and we can’t expect to always have an internet connection. Additionally, we will be living out of backpacks and I’m sure not taking up my precious backpack space with books. That’s what Kindles and the internet are for!
So, we need a different plan for schooling on the road. Enter “world schooling” or a modified version of it.
The basic definition worldschooling is to use the world as your school. It works great for travelers who want to use the places they are visiting as a way to learn about the world and history – letting the world be our teacher. We will also be incorporating writing, reading and some math every day. We will be hitting ever academic subject that is expected for kids in elementary school. There are so many online resources these days for learning. Also, we will all be learning skills like patience, compassion, problem-solving, critical thinking, problem solving, self-reliance and whole host of other things.
“More families than ever are taking ‘edventures’ – long-term trips where children learn on the road” according to an article in the Guardian. We are joining these families. We know this will be a bit unconventional but we don’t think it’s so crazy that we aren’t willing to hop on that plane and give it a try.
Have you tried some unconventional version of schooling for your kids, like unschooling or world schooling or homeschooling in a part of the world that frowns on that? We would love to hear from you about your experience, so drop us a comment and share with us!