Originally Posted by Devinswings
1.what are you using for home schooling. And what are some recommendations.
2. when are you leaving?
3. what extra courses should one take
look forward to hearing from everyone
The typical responses for home schooling are the Calvert School for elementary and middle grades (Calvert School in Baltimore
). If we were to leave now, I'd be tempted to buy the curriculum used off of Ebay (the books and the sequence), and then supplement it with our own materials and projects. The only thing is that I'd want to make certain our curriculum was meeting standards, etc., but both my wife and I have been in education for nearly 20 years so it shouldn't be too hard.
For upper school, the most interesting program I've heard of is the Westbridge Academy that was discussed at the Hacking Family's site: School
I liked the sound of it's design, but it's not inexpensive.
As for our departure date, it changes all the time. For example, we seriously considered a start this July in Puget Sound. We found a well-restored boat, and figured we'd cruise for four months in the Sound to get our sea legs, and then head south on our own or with a hired captain or crew if we needed help offshore.
As good as that sounds, our finances at the start and for the next 2-5 years would have been a bit tentative, even with a good house sale.
At the same time, the London opportunity came up. Good job, good school for the kids, adventure, and the dropping of 80% of our stuff (house, cars, boats, furniture, books). At the same time, we could enjoy a lot of European travel while still having our careers.
So, we opted for that adventure, with cruising on the horizon. We love to sail and cruise, but learning about other cultures and making friends around the world is our real goal, and moving to Europe is a nice part of that for two or more years-- as long as we get to charter in the Med.