" The world is getting smaller and there is no better education for our global citizens of the 21st century than world travel"
Every morning in Barcelona, like this photo above, our child does her homeschool in Mandarin and Singapore Math etc, out under the trees with a sea view. She does mostly self led learning, often with books she enjoys or websites or educational CD's we find or her electronic dictionary, but we guide her and she has also been working with her Dean of Studies from her Mandarin school in Asia and music teachers online via free webcams.
Having been doing this now for going on 6 years with a school age child ( from 5 to 11 years) while traveling slowly to 42 countries on 5 continents ( on just $23/day per person) and as monolinguals raising a kid fluently reading, writing and speaking Mandarin, Spanish and English, I don't know of anyone with more experience on this topic.
But I don't say do it our way, but find your OWN way as there are endless ways to do this. We found many ways to add a global perspective before we ever left home. I think more than ever in our fast changing world, we must all find new ways to educate our children to prepare them for the future. I don't have all the answers and am still learning, but I can tell you about what has worked for us as some of the rewards are already obvious.
BEST REASONS TO HOME EDUCATE USING TRAVEL
1) FREEDOM, TIME TOGETHER, LEARNING BY DOING
2) EASIEST AND CHEAPEST WAY TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
3) HANDS ON LEARNING OTHER CULTURES AND LIVING HISTORY
4) MORE TIME IN NATURE
5) GREATER ADAPTABILITY, CREATIVITY AND GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING
Do you use travel at home or abroad to enhance your homeschool or child's education? What are your best reasons? What areas about our global education would you like us to discuss more?