We plan to take the kids and travel for the better part of the year. I am concerned about "losing" this academic year and falling behind, especially in math and science. Do you have any suggestions or advice for us regarding planning for that year and/or using the natural learning opportunities that come up that year and creatively including them in a transcript?
I recently read a book called "One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Tour With Our Children" by David Cohen. Past the opening chapters, it's absolutely hilarious. It's quite obvious, though, that the parents had no clue about homeschooling. They hadn't done it before, and they jumped in with both feet and high expectations. They thought they could do it en route, which is fine, but they failed to realize that all they really needed was the bare minimum (as Lee suggested). So because they bit off more than they could chew, they felt they needed to spend a few months in Australia so they could take advantage of free public schools. I doubt the kids learned any more than they would have if they had just gone home to America at that point. But they would definitely have learned more from a few more stops around the world, or from more time spent in each place they went.
Ooooooo, I'm soooooo jealous! If there's one thing my challenged kinesthetic/experiential learner says about how she wants to learn, it's "I want to go to... and see the..."
Similarly, I'm very jealous of Michelle Obama. I know the Obamas are thinking about where to send the little girls to school for the next 4 years. I know what I'd be doing without a shadow of a doubt! We'd be the first homeschooling 1st family! We'd be all over DC (especially the Smithsonian) and the world!
Homeschool law usually isn't the same as the law covering public or private schools. Homeschooling in Washington State, for example, public school is covered in one area of the law, and homeschool