It’s happening. It’s either my best idea ever or the worst thing I could possibly decide to do for a whole year. Time will tell.Starting this June, we are returning to homeschool and traveling the world. World school, edu-travel, travel school, ridiculousness–it goes by many names, and we are going to give it a shot. Like, it’s official.
I took my sweet time deciding if I were up for it. But I couldn’t let this unbelievable opportunity, completely amazing, pass me by. It’s really the only year we could do it, as our oldest will be starting high school the following year (utter disbelief) and we don’t want to interrupt his high school experience. Once I decided I could handle vomit and diarrhea in a foreign country with my three children by myself, I was in. Pops will be joining us some, too, so I’ll have reinforcements!
It has been difficult to narrow down our destinations, but here is the working list: Greece, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, France, Germany, England, Netherlands, Quebec, NYC, Vermont, Connecticut, Washington DC, Hawaii, Beijing, California, Utah, Arizona, and somewhere in Latin America (but that’s our last trip so we’ve got time to decide). Iceland is hard to omit. And, India! Australia and New Zealand were on the list for a long time but got cut due to expense. And, there are so many fabulous spots in Asia, I just had to pick. We are also going to do some quick trips in between: Florida for some marine biology, Ohio for Cedar Point (okay, that’s not school, unless we’re talking physics), Pennsylvania for Fallingwater, Florence, AL, and some local Georgia sites. I miss my bed already!
So, I’d love to hear your recommendations on the above destinations. Kid-friendly spots and activities? Travel tips with kids on long plane rides and subsequent jet lag? Fun history books with interesting stories for kids? And French language tips or resources? We will be taking lessons at home and abroad…I apologize in advance.
I’m so excited about this whole adventure…and so scared, too. The planning is insane, and I’m trying to get a lot of the research done before the kids are finished with their spring semester in traditional school. I’m also trying to finish up as many projects at the house as I can so I won’t be too distracted by the undone around me while I teach the kids. And, by teach, I mean lots of cozied-up reading and videos.
We are going to learn lots, but it will be really relaxed. I have enough homeschooling experience behind me now that I have confidence in my kids and myself that we can learn without meticulously doing every single workbook page. Don’t put an artist in charge, people.
I’m not sure, yet, how we will document the year–how public we want to be. I want the kids to blog but probably privately. I might share something here every now and then. We will write a children’s book with photos and art we make throughout the year–I’ll Shutterfly a book for ourselves unless someone wants to publish it, just putting that out there! Hopefully I can sweet talk my husband into writing some posts on the travel deals he finds to make this all possible. Some days I feel really ambitious, but most days I know realistically I need to take it slow and easy.
The kids are looking forward to trying candy all over the world…and desserts. The littlest one wants to try all the sodas. I’m so excited for them to see the world with young eyes. Here we go!