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Re: Home schooling for Cruisers

Brian,

From one homeschooling dad to another, it sounds like your taking a good, balanced approach to your kids’ education. Evaluate what each of your children need and adjust accordingly. We have been homeschooling for 10 years, and it’s generally a good thing. There are issues that will come up, but it really does beat the alternatives.

In the FWIW arena, if I had a way of making a good income away from the office, I would do exactly what you’re doing. I wish you and your family well.
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Update:

Well, we have been doing the Florida Virtual now for several weeks. It is certainly too early to pass judgement, but here are some inital thoughts:

First, it ties you into a fast connection on the interenet pretty heavily. They watch periodic movies and do a lot of downloads. Also, printing things off is necessary. That could be a concern for some cruisers. We are using an ATT WIfi (4g LTE) here which works fine, but we will go over the 5 gig alloted it seems. We planned on it, but just fyi.

We installed a WIFI Extender (Bullet m2HP) which does work - if you have an extended wifi connection that is open. THat is hit and miss.

Second, the transition into it was WAY smoother than we thought. The kids caught on quickly. WIth a decent internet speed (see above) it is very manageable.

Third, the material is good. It has captured their attention for the most part. THat is not always easy given the subject matter and setting.

Fourth, it has required a bit more interaction that we anticipated. Our oldest (12) can more or less run his own day, but we need help out on many things. THe youngest requires a lot more planning that often starts early in the morning before they get up. Remember, this is even though their work is dictated (daily) by the school district.

Fifth, you have to be mailed information - so a address where you can receive things is neccessary.

Lastly, you will be required to provide proof of residency to make this work. I got a FL DL with the marina address and also provided the slip contract. Plan ahead on how you will work out the residency if you choose this option.

General thoughts at this point is that although we like it, it may be difficult to maintain this long trem for cruising. We are (according to the principal) the only homeschoolers that live on a boat. It even took special permission from him to make this work. Technology has improved such that this 'can' work for cruisers, but with stipulations. We may end up having to shift to Calverts or something similar because of the technilogical difficulties.
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Brian,

From one homeschooling dad to another, it sounds like your taking a good, balanced approach to your kidsí education. Evaluate what each of your children need and adjust accordingly. We have been homeschooling for 10 years, and itís generally a good thing. There are issues that will come up, but it really does beat the alternatives.

In the FWIW arena, if I had a way of making a good income away from the office, I would do exactly what youíre doing. I wish you and your family well.
Thanks for the kind words. Feel free to add anything.
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Re: Home schooling for Cruisers

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Hey, we're also planning on homeschooling our kids.
Have been doing lots of research in relation to it.
My spouse is an early-childhood-educator,
and I program artificial general intelligence.


You mentioned so far several "school-at-home" approaches,
such as correspondence schools and parent as teacher.

There is also "parent guided learning through non-textbook and life" style education,
such as woldorf, unit study, classical education and living books.
As well as "child-directed-learning" unschooling,
where the children's interests guide at least some of the material that is focused on.

We are likely going to do an ecclectic mixed approach "life learning with various degrees of structure".
Here is a good link with explanations about these various homeschool education styles:
Teaching Methods for homeschooling

Genius's are more likely to occur, if a child has many (mature) adult role models.
If they are surrounded by peers, that can stunt their learning, and behavioural development.
It's only in the last few hundred years where children have been institutionalized.
Living and learning near parents and seeing how the world really works,
is far more informative, for learning useful life skills.

When people, including children, see the usefulness in learning a skill,
they are much more likely to be interested, and integrate it for life.

Also another good thing to know about homeschooling is parenting-style.
Authoritative parenting is the best kind, for the most independent, happy and successful children.
The authoritative parenting style: A guide for the science-minded parent
I appreciate your insight on this stuff. You obviously know a lot more about it than I do!

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Okay so I don't really like to relate my personal life much on-line, but this issue strikes close to home.

I was home schooled all grades except kindergarten. We had a curriculum we followed though it was long before on-line schools/curriculum. Out of several siblings we are all pretty successful in life.

Now that I have kids I would never put my life and interests in front of their education. I would NEVER home school my kids and subject them to the struggles I went through trying to adjust to life as a member of society after leading a pretty sheltered and isolated life due to Homeschooling.
I am aware of a very similar issue that I have witnessed first hand. I am also aware of many more that are not. Sounds like it wasn't the right thing for you. I think the key is getting them with other kids and getting outside exposure. Just my opinion though.

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I am saying this from a study, having gone ashore /off the boat for my sons last 2 years of school.

However ; I support the home [boat] schooling]. You should well find that the set work may only take 1.5-2 hours per day and that you can include so much practical applications - obviously maths, physics geography etc.

You will also find many other cruising kids and a vhf and later. when separated, an HF will allow the kids to stay in contact. [You flash types probably have satellite and/or email]

You will find the children grow rapidly into accepting responsibility and taking on tasks you thought only adults or older teens would take on.

The benefits of travelling and meeting people from all walks of life is a lifelong reward.
Great post my friend.

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Just want to chime in here and say that while I have very little to offer at the moment, I am watching this thread with interest, we are looking at some extended cruising down the track and home schooling is something we have talked a great deal about.

Largely because of the vastness/remoteness of Australia, Our local options here are very good, but once we leave Australian waters things will get harder, but our options also open up.
Hope it helps. I encourage others to chime in here too because what works for us may not work for everyone. I will try not to encourage one method over the other, just lay out our experiences on them and the reader decides.

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Re: Home schooling for Cruisers

Hey CruisingDad! I never home schooled/was home schooled on board a boat, but I was home/self-educated from 6th to 12th grades. It can be a great experience, and it's always exciting to me to hear of people doing interesting or off-beat things with their kids. In my case, I went from having a fairly rough time in school to earning a full scholarship for college. I now have a Ph.D. in my field of study. Needless to say, I am pleased with this outcome. I did to Calvert for a year ... and while I didn't continue, I have good enough memories to consider it for our boy when the time comes. (We also live very near the physical Calvert school. Another option.)

To me, the strength of home schooling is the fact that there are as many potential approaches to education as their are personal values, family needs, and individual students. It can be a great opportunity, when it fits the student's needs. And when a family isn't just negatively retreating, but instead finding new ways to explore the world and contribute to it.

And if a family has a chance to do something as interesting and cruise and travel -- that sounds wonderful to me. Now that we have a little one and live in a major U.S. city, I would be temped to home school partly with the objective of getting out and doing things/meeting people that one otherwise would not. I used to just wander around and meet all kinds of great/crazy people ....

BTW, CD, you gave us great liveaboard suggestions a couple years ago. We're not living on board, and we actually did buy a house an settle down, at least for now. But we have a baby boy now and are in quest of that first boat. So we'll see what comes.
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Re: Home schooling for Cruisers

We have been homeschooling for over a year and just moved aboard a couple of months ago, we pretty much live at the dock for now and go out on a sail a few times just for the day/weekend. But my experience is that the homeschooling is working out pretty much the same in the boat as in the house. I can see a few issues that would need to be overcome if one were cruising full time.

Best of luck with the educational endeavors.
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Re: Home schooling for Cruisers

Interesting discussion. I personally think that they will end up turning up what's meant to be for them no matter how amazing the home boarding or school you send them to.
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