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KIDS by KRISS on 17 december 2015

WORLD SCHOOLING So how is home schooling when you’re traveling.
A few months ago I didn’t have a clue because the only interaction I had ever had with my kids’ homework would be that of a normal parent supervising or helping out but never taking the full task of teaching.
As I had pictured it before we left, I would make class to the children every day in the morning, following their program.

But it is not that simple or perhaps it is actually and the way we have worked things out are a bit different.
I am simply going to tell you how we do it.
We do not pretend it works, or doesn’t, that it is better or worse than any other teaching technique.
I will simply explain the way we do things and the reasons why.

The main words are, freedom, practicality, effectiveness, learning.

1) Every couple of days, we make class at home, sometimes more (2 days out of 3) in the morning.
I give everyone a task (reading a lesson and answering questions on it).
If they get stuck they can ask me and I help them out.
I also give Tom and Amy exercises in writing french and spanish.
Kate takes care of the english.

2) Meanwhile, I work one on one or one on two on a particular topic.
Be it maths or science or history or geography.
I stick to something that in their year’s program.
Only I adapt it a bit and go further into the explanations if they like it and if I know the subject.
I ask them questions that put them into getting curious about the topic and interact the whole time.
I ask questions and give answers throughout the lesson.
For instance this week Rose and Amy studied the differences between mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, fishes and arachneas.
They learned the different families of plants, the different modes of reproduction for animals and plants, the meaning of instinct and also basic notions of chemistry.

3) The days we don’t make homework at home I ask one of the kids to tell me about something out of the program they want to learn and I explain it to them, wherever we are, be it at the beach or in a garden.
For example this week Tom learned about the structure of an atom, the difference between chemistry and atomic reactions.
The incidence of gamma rays and other rays, how nuclear plants worked, how nuclear bombs worked etc…

4) Children are only allowed to watch TV in english or in spanish and are very welcome to ask questions even if it gets old with us « Mum, what did she just say ».

5) Every time we do something that could lead to learning a new thing, I try to interest them but never force them.
As a result, Amy and Rose are taking photography as a hobby more and more and are starting to get knowledgeable on the subject.
While Rose is still a happy trigger shooter who needs to shoot twice or three times everything she takes (perhaps the shutter is a motivator) and confuses things a bit, Amy knows how to take her time, changes aperture herself from her own decision and she really starts taking beautiful photography ! Tom on the other hand is knowledgeable just enough and takes perfect pictures if asked to but has no real interest in it for now.
He likes computers better and helps me out with simple tasks that make my life easier (importing the data cards in the laptop, creating proper folders, importing into lightroom…)

As you can see, traveling with children can be source of many ways of teaching.
For us it is what naturally happened and we didn’t try to force anything because it simply doesn’t work (every time I do maths with Amy I am reminded of this harsh truth).
By respecting everyone’s pace and interests, everyone gets to learn a lot and fast.

As regards to Rose she is right now learning to read and write and count and in 3 languages.
I was scared at first but she more easily differentiates english from spanish and french now and starts to read better and better.

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