If you have always wanted to see more of the world but are fed up of paying inflated prices for taking trips during school vacation times, one possible answer is to take your children out of school altogether and travel the world with them, educating them as you go.
It’s an increasingly popular phenomenon known as world schooling, and it not only allows you to fulfill all your travel ambitions, it will also provide your children with a more immersive learning experience in which they actively experience history, cultures, and traditions first-hand, rather than just from the pages of a textbook. Read on to learn more and see if world schooling is right for you and your family.
Added value to homeschooling
You are probably already aware of the benefits of homeschooling – dedicated teachers with a far better teacher-to-student ratio than you'll find in any school; education perfectly tailored to a child's capabilities, interests, and personality; access to higher-quality, up-to-date teaching materials rather than outdated textbooks that a school cannot afford to replace.
Homeschooling also delivers greater consistency because a child's education is being managed by the same one or two people over a long period of time. World schooling brings with it all the benefits of homeschooling but adds the travel element which helps to bring many of the activities to life.
Despite the name, you can make use of the same principles any time you travel, no matter how near or far. For example, lessons about geography and rock formations could be built around a trip to Bryce Canyon City while every trip to the local grocery store is an ideal opportunity to teach lessons on food culture as well as learning about mathematics and economics.
Use technology to your advantage
The Dennings of Utah has visited more than 39 countries in the past ten years, having sold all their belongings and dedicated themselves to traveling around the world. They have been accompanied by their seven children and have found plenty of ways to give them a world-class education.
According to the family, the key is understanding that, especially these days, there are plenty of ways of getting an education without going to an actual school. Their children have enrolled in dozens of online courses, have regular sessions with tutors that are booked in advance of arrival at a new destination and, of course, are encouraged to read widely and immerse themselves in local languages.
Depending on how much time you plan to spend actually traveling, it's a good idea to put together a proper schedule so that a few hours are always set aside for education each day of the week. This will also allow you to make out your lessons plans in advance and ensure you have access to all the necessary material.
Don't plan too far through – the great benefit of being in charge of your child's education is that you can adjust the curriculum to take account of areas they may be especially interested in or in order to do further work on areas they have not yet mastered.
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How do you add homeschool in your travels?