As an educator I have always been interested in the best educational practices and opportunities for kids. Especially my own. I want the best for my kids, what parent doesn’t? My idea for this post was to tell you how I plan to educate my kids while traveling. After hours of research, I have more questions than answers:
How can I be sure that my kids will be on target when we return?
Where in the hell do I start?
Is there online curriculum that I can use? Carrying textbooks is not going to work with backpacking.
What are the rules for homeschooling your kids when you are traveling the world? Do they need to take tests? Send in work to be reviewed? How much authority do I have in this area?
I would like for the language arts/technology component to include the kids posting on the blog so they can stay in contact with their friends back at home.
Can I keep their school involved as well? How do I go about this?
Should I just use the Texas TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and plan lessons like I would for the classroom?
What is unschooling vs. homeschooling? I have seen this mentioned on blogs where families are traveling with kids.
What does it mean to me for my kids to be educated? Do I want them to be factual gurus or do I want them to be problem solvers and critical thinkers? Street smarts vs. book smart.
How in the world will I be able to cover it all in a year while traveling?
Am I strong enough to ensure my kids have a high level of education while we travel? Will I be lazy? My inclination is to say “I think not!”
Being out in the world, how much of the Texas TEKS will fit into what we are doing? C’mon, does anyone else really care about remembering the Alamo?
I am at war with myself. I know the competition our kids face in today’s world. Am I worrying about something that is silly? I mean they are only 5 and 7 years of age. Seriously, shouldn’t they just be getting the basics? I mean am I really trying to get them into Harvard next year? Do I even want them to go to Harvard? Does being happy mean that you have to follow the “standard?”
OMG am I preaching one thing for myself…living your life and doing what makes you happy, yet pushing my kids into the exact thing I am saying I no longer desire? The big house, brand new cars, working until I’m 65, retiring and then doing what I want in life. This is tough!
I still do not know exactly what I am going to do. I have not done what I sat down to do tonight and this has me frustrated. I was hoping to have one aspect of our trip checked off the list. I thought this would be easy – after all I have been teaching for 10 years now. But education, as I have learned over the years, cannot be solved in a night, and careful planning is essential. Sigh. More coming soon on my thoughts, research and the final plan. Share your ideas as well. I could always use the advice.