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Traveling Europe on a Mediterranean Cruise

Traveling Europe on a Mediterranean Cruise
I recently got back from a 12 Day Mediterranean Cruise on Holland America Line, and I'm excited to share my experience with you. This was a "working holiday" as we were accompanying Matt's mom on her first overseas adventure in decades. It's pre...
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When Will I Ever Use This Stuff?

When Will I Ever Use This Stuff?
Sooner or later, your teen may say "When am I ever going to use this stuff?" and complain about their high school courses. Here is one answer to that question: traveling. When you travel, you use every single high school subject. I recently took a tr...
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International Travel Tips

International Travel Tips
I was recently on a European River Cruise, and lots of people have been asking me for advice on international travel. Since this was my first time, I was really nervous. I relied a lot on my daughter-in-law, because she has done a lot of internationa...
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Oh! The Places You'll Go!

Oh! The Places You'll Go!
Niki asks:
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 don't think you can prevent a child from learning.  Just traveling will teach them enormous amounts that you simply can't learn from books!  And you know, unschoolers succeed all the time.  How much more will you be able to succeed if you are unschooling across the globe?  Go for it!  It sounds like great educational fun, and an experience that is not to miss!  Just expose them to information all along the way.  As you travel, have them read books on each area, and learn some of the language.  Learn naturally as you go along.  The year will NOT be lost - it will enrich you and your children, and make them a more interesting college applicant!

If I can make a couple of suggestions.  First, take a math book.  This is just my opinion, and others will have another way of doing things, of course.  If you can encourage them to be consistent with math, it will help you feel like the year isn't wasted.  It's pretty easy to accumulate 3 science credits for high school even if you take a year off.  Math skills, on the other hand, tend to be lost if they aren't used.  If you have them do a little bit of math every day, it may help them to retain that information.  Even if they just do a couple of problems,  it can help keep those skills!  If they are working at a high school level in math, consider getting an SAT work book, and just doing a few math problems each day.

My second suggestion is to take a journal.  Having your kids write their experiences every day can help to solidify their learning.  It will provide daily practice with writing, and give you a place to record everything they did and learned.  When it comes time for a transcript, you can read over those activities, and catalog them into different classes.  It will help you estimate the hours spend on each course, which will help you with determining the credit value.

Above all, be thankful you are homeschooling!  What a wonderful experience that you are able to have as an independent homeschooler!  Woo Hoo!

With your tremendous outpouring of support we have catapulted from 5th to 3rd place in Best Business blog.  (We are still languishing in 7th place for Best Encourager and, if she wasn't so darn upbeat all the time, Lee might become discouraged by that!)  We need about 40 more votes to make it to first (make that 50, we can't expect the leader to stand still!)  Please take a moment to vote.  It won't solve world hunger, but I bet it will make Lee smile!  Thanks, Matt.
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