Homeschooling, boatschooling, life. However you label learning on board, this is one of the most intimidating prospects of cruising for many parents: it certainly was for me! Complicating things is for those new to homeschooling by the reality that there is no single right way to go about it. These posts should help.
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Totem crew on homeschooling
For continuously updated list of all homeschooling-related posts, visit www.sailingtotem.com/tag/homeschool.
- Boatschooling, Part 1: finding a path. Breaking down fundamentals to think about how to get started.
- Boatschooling, Part 2: learning on Totem. What learning aboard looks like on Totem.
- Boatschooling, Part 3: Things I wish I’d known. Lessons for my pre-cruising self that would have saved a lot of grief!
Podcasts where we talk about homeschooling:
- The Sociable Homeschooler– questions from a land-based homeschool series
- An Epic Education– comparing notes with another worldschooling family
- The Sailing Podcast– homeschooling addressed among other cruising topics with this Aussie dad
Videos where we talk about homeschooling:
- Totem on Homeschooling with the SV Delos crew
- More SV Delos: Mr. Brady elicits comments from the kids
- Off the cuff homeschooling chat with my friend (and NYC teacher) Doriel Larrier
- What learning looks like: scenes from “TOTEM” by Aline Escalon
- Finding Your Homeschool Style—helpful orientation article from a family education site.
- World Book Educational Products—free “Typical Course of Study” eBooklets by grade for curriculum planning
- Core Knowledge Sequence—objectives for elementary school. Individual titles, e.g. “What Your X Grader Needs to Know” for preschool through 6th grade.
- Homeschool Teacher Blog—well-vetted resources for the secular/eclectic homeschooler.
- and many, many more in the Voyaging with Kids Appendix. Feel free to recommend others in the comments.
Voyaging with Kids. Full of information to help with homeschooling! It includes finding the right style for you, learning more about options for curriculum, enrolling your kids internationally, tips for successful homeschooling, and considerations for re-integrating after a sabbatical cruise. The appendix has dozens of resources from curriculum sources to academic standards and more.
Homeschool Teacher. In addition to being an excellent guide for secular homeschooling, author Kate Laird is a cruising parent! She understands the challenges and benefits unique to our lifestyle.
Lesson Plans Ahoy. educator and cruiser, Nadine Slavinski, has a bevy of practical learning ideas for the elementary school set, highlighting opportunities for learning that resonate especially with cruising families.
Homeschoolers’ College Admissions Handbook. Cafi Cohen offers guidance for homeschoolers of all flavors to transition to college.
See what other families do! No two families approach homeschooling exactly the same way. These boats have blog posts or videos sharing what they do on board:
- SV Serendipity: Steph Ferrie has homeschooled her four kids for years already; now they’re taking it afloat. She details their eclectic approach on their Facebook page.
- SV Del Viento: my Voyaging with Kids co-author, Michael Robertson, shares their homeschooling evolution in the 6+ years they’ve cruised across the Pacific.
- SV Abeona: Carly’s writes about how she structures school hours, and spells out the specific sources she uses to teach her five and seven year old daughters.
- SV Gromit: Brittany’s approach for her children is based on the Charlotte Mason style: she outlines how that’s organized and specific resources useful for her three and five year olds.
- SV Terrapin: Aimee Nance started with Calvert and tossed it for an eclectic approach; she writes here about homeschooling aboard at a high level. More about school on board in the Nance Academy section of their blog.
- SV Daystar: During a three year cruise, this family followed Montessori-style homeschooling for 6th through 10th grade. Paula wrote an article about their experience in Montesori Life magazine is downloadable here.
- SV Katsumi: Cruising the Australian coast for more than five years, this family of four is unschooling their girls. Lyndy writes about learning on board. Her “Homeschool Ahoy” blog is a great resource to mine for more information.
- SV Goblin: living aboard in New England, Joy shares specifics about her eclectic approach in this post— and in this one, too.
- SV All In: Reflections on education with preschool aged boat kids by educator/mom Laura.
- SV Octopussy: Kimberly is working with the correspondence program Florida Virtual School, an accredited distance learning program, for her son’s ninth grade curriculum. Periodic internet required, but a good option for families who want an institution-produced transcript.
- SV Seal: Author/educator/expedition sailor Kate has thoughtful and thorough eclectic style: based on her experience, she outlines a plan for early-years-learning for parents who seek safe structure with a balance of scripted (for parents uncomfortable winging it) but non-single-sourced (so you have more flexibility) . She doesn’t have a boat blog; this is her approach, from her homeschooling parent blog.
- SV Marvin: like most cruising families, their style is eclectic; Michelle writes about the curriculum choices, books and more for her 5th and 7th graders aboard.
- SV Shawnigan: Kids in this crew follow Waldorf / Rudolf Steiner philosophy: Josie shares how they evolved from “DIY schooling” to working with a charter school at home and packaged Waldorf curriculum, and what she’s using aboard.
- SV Saltair: 11-year-old Cole’s mom pulls curriculum from a variety of sources: here’s what he does, and what everyday boatschooling looks like for the TrioTravels family.
- SV Lady Mary: this family’s blog is in Russian, but has a translator widget for Chrome, IE, and Edge: they use Skype lessons for language instruction and follow traditional program for Russian schools. I’m fascinated!
Totem’s list of 100+ family cruising blogs are another place to browse for ideas, experiences, and contacts to see how each family uniquely finds their way.
Have you written about boatschooling in your family? Send me a link to share here!