Educating Your Kids Whilst Traveling the World
How to handle a child’s education while travelling is commonly cited by parents as an impediment to long-term travel. Don’t let education options intimidate you; if you can survive travelling with your kids, you can survive schooling them, as well. The first step is knowing what is possible. Once you investigate, you may be surprised at how many options you actually have.
If you’ll be in one location for two months or more, consider enrolling your children in a local school. Research area public schools, international schools, and Montessori schools. Be wary of transferring your own apprehensions about a new school to your child. Kids are often more resilient and adventurous than we give them credit for.
What is unschooling? Unschooling is a lifestyle of learning. Many people think of this as a grey area and will maybe show this through the expression on their face when you say “yes I homeschool, my kids”.
If unschooling can’t work in the real world, nothing at all can. People will say “How will they learn algebra in the real world?” Is there algebra in the real world? If not, why should it be learned?
If so, why should it be separated artificially from its actual users? “Why?” should always be the question that comes before “What?” and “How? Unschooling is an educational method that goes against many of the customary practices associated with traditional education, like standard curricula, grading methods, and testing. Unschooling focuses instead on the child’s exploration of his or her own interests and curiosities and is well-suited to travel.
Tutors are available all over the world and can be employed to keep your kids up to speed with general education topics or to give them a foundation in the native language of your host country. In addition, while parent/child teaching scenarios bring occasional roadblocks in the form of personality clashes, your children may respond well and behave better when receiving instruction from an outsider.
If you already home-school your kids, this is a no-brainer. However, if you never have, home-schooling can feel a little intimidating.
The home-schooling method of education typically implies parent-led instruction, which may mirror the curricula of traditional education or originate from specific home-schooling programs and your own child’s interests.
A brief online search of home-schooling will reveal an endless cache of free materials for every age and level. How you teach your children depends on what works for your child best, many parents plan the lessons the week before and others explore their child’s feelings of interest on an actual day.
Online Schooling Help
If you’re open to the idea of your children learning with a greater degree of independence (and with their own laptop), you can explore free, online schools. Kahn Academy (explained in my other blog) and K12 are good places to start.
They provide education through all levels. Children seem to love the idea of online education, they have a sense of responsibility when they can log into their own learning account and keep track of their progress in subjects, tests and work completion.
Cultural and what it brings
The true beauty of travel is in experiencing other cultures. Make sure this is not lost on your kids and that culture is the main component of their education. Have your child interview a local child about the area. What do they love to do? What challenges do they face? Learn about the origins of the flag of your host country and follow it up with a project of their choice.