September 3, 2014

Our Big Family Road Trip: What about the children’s educations?

 

 

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A few people have wondered what happens to the children’s educations during our two month trip around Italy and France.

‘I’m not allowed to take my child out of school for two months!  Why can you?’

Home education doesn’t mean that you need to be at home in order to educate, or to be educated.

‘Home’ education simply means that you have the flexibility to educate, or to be educated, anywhere and in any way.

Caitlin is currently doing her first year of IGCSEs with Interhigh, and brought along her laptop and books for any days we were not out and about.  She’ll catch up using the handy Lesson Library as and when.  They know where she is and what she is doing and are fully supportive.

Did we take any of the other children’s curriculum with us?  

No.

Did we take any workbooks at all?  

No.

Did they do any lessons online?

No.

What did you do?

We packed a box of stationery; paper, pens, colouring pencils and glue – that sort of thing – but they barely used them really.

Well, how did they learn?

Like this:

 

Studying Dante in Torreglia

Studying Dante in Torreglia after setting out to translate a quote from his ‘Divine Comedy’ above the doorway

 

Discussing Shakespeare at Verona

Discussing Shakespeare at Verona

 

Learning about religion, history and architecture in Venice

Learning about religion, history and architecture in Venice

 

Learning about the Byzantines and Ottomans -  their very own family history at the Arch of Constantine

Learning about the Byzantines and Ottomans – their very own family history – at the Arch of Constantine

 

And imagining the Gladiators in battle at the Colosseum

And imagining the Gladiators in battle at the Colosseum

 

Discussing volcanoes with Vesuvius as a backdrop, and learning about Romans whilst standing in their very own homes in Herculaneum

Discussing volcanoes with Vesuvius as a backdrop, and learning about Romans whilst standing in their very own homes in Herculaneum

 

Enjoying a nature walk through the beautiful gardens at the Palace of Caserta (ignore the photobombing street seller!)

Enjoying a nature walk through the beautiful gardens at the Palace of Caserta (ignore the photobombing street seller!)

 

And more talk about volcanoes on the Amalfi coast

And more talk about volcanoes on the Amalfi coast

 

There was too much history to cover in Florence. I suppose we'll have to go back again ;-)

There was too much history to cover in Florence. I suppose we’ll have to go back again one day ;-)

 

An aquarium visit in Livorno

An aquarium visit in Livorno

 

And finding out why it leans and why it doesn't fall down - the Leaning Tower of Pisa

And finding out why it leans and why it doesn’t fall down – the Leaning Tower of Pisa

 

Wondering who the Man in the Iron Mask actually was, whilst standing in his prison

Wondering who the Man in the Iron Mask actually was, whilst standing in his prison

 

And another non-learning, beach-combing day on a deserted beach at Rimini

And another non-learning, beach-combing day on a deserted beach at Rimini

 

But there's no getting away from the maths!

But there’s no getting away from the maths!

 

So to answer the question: ‘What about the children’s educations?’

My answer would have to be: ‘What about it?’

 

 

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Comments

  1. Vanessa says:

    Why do people think learning is only about written work? I’d love to do what you guys have done. You’ve covered alot of places on your trip. Your children will never forget it! [from a homeschooler with 4 kiddies]

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