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post #2 of Old 07-15-2001
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Home School Programs

Heidi, we don''t have current experience with the school programs - we used Calvert some years ago - but I would suggest you consider looking at the curriculum carefully to determine if a) it''s current, and b) if it needs supplementing. Science especially was not done well in the Calvert program back then (I''m talking about a middle school level; not relevant to your situation) and you may find with any program that there''s less of a given focus on certain areas (e.g., natural sciences, which lend themselves wonderfully to living aboard with kids) and you must supplement accordingly.

Best liked ''educational'' activity when our son was 4-5 and we were cruising the ICW: as each favorite book was read (Mom & Son or Dad and Son), we''d record the reading, the Q&A between son & parent, etc.). Later, while moving the boat & not having the ability to concentrate 100% on the child, we''d set up the recorder and book and son could listen while following in the book. Great reading prep, great entertainment, easy to change over time, etc.

Good luck on a great adventure - boating with kids!

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