Share with a quick click!

It’s been nearly six months since I retired from medicine and started slow traveling internationally with my family. I expected there would be a lot of questions.

pearson 250web

I was half right. I have been asked a lot of questions, just not on the topic I expected. Does everyone what to know what it’s like to never be on call? Or whether or not I miss patient care? [I do, a little.]

No, they want to know how we’re educating our children when we travel for months at a time. It’s a fair question, but I wasn’t sure how best to answer it since my wife has taken the reins on that one. It’s not that I don’t contribute, it’s just that I contribute about a tenth of a tenth of one percent, or thereabouts.

Fortunately for you and for me, my wife agreed to write up a summary of how we’ve been educating our kids. Some call it homeschooling, but we’re really not home enough for that term to be accurate. I came across the concept of “worldschooling,” and I think it fits best. The terms will be used interchangably, as we are home at times, as well.

After her first guest post was so well-received, I am thrilled to bring her back to the website. Show us how it’s done, Rayce!

 

 

 

Worldschooling: How Our Children are Educated as We Travel

 

Before I go into details on how we are educating our children, I just want to touch on a few of the reasons we are homeschooling, or worldschooling.

There are several reasons, but 90 percent of the reason we are worldschooling is to give ourselves the freedom to travel.  Before Leif was retired, he went down to working 0.6 FTE and we were afforded the opportunity to travel for 3 weeks at a time.

Our children were enrolled in a public school gifted program that supported our travel aspirations and the teachers were beyond accommodating.  We took some school work with us and did not worry about the work they would miss, in exchange for all the cultural experiences that they would gain.

But that was elementary school. Our oldest was in 4th grade and our youngest, who was accelerated a year and placed into the gifted program only one academic year behind his brother, was in 3rd grade.

The area that we were living in at the time started middle school in 5th grade and we knew that our days of pulling the kids out of school for 9 weeks of the year (yes! 9 approved weeks of truancy!) were over!

 

mexico!

 

Worldschooling has allowed me to move our youngest back into his appropriate grade level for age while continuing to educate him at his pace. Actually, I am educating them both where they are and not looking at grade levels at all, but I didn’t want our second child to one day be the youngest in his graduating class.

When we agreed to accelerate him a grade, he simply missed Kindergarten and we saw very little difference between him at age 5 and his peers at age 6/7. By the time we pulled him out of school in 3rd grade, there was a definite maturity difference between his 9 years and his friends 10/11! Now when we return them to school, he will be among his age-appropriate peers again.

One other significant reason for me to homeschool them is simply wanting them around more often, and wanting more of their quality hours. I felt like the school was getting the best of my children, sending them home after 7 ½ hours tired and cranky, leaving me with the homework, music lessons, dinner and bedtime routine.

I was always looking forward to the weekends and the summers just to get some quality fun-time in with my own kids!

The final reason, despite not being a big factor, is wanting to have tried it all. We started with one year in a parochial school, transferred into public schools and are now trying out homeschooling / worldschooling. The end goal is likely for them to go back into the public school system for high school, hopefully well rounded with some life experiences!

 

CurizonBannerAd2 250

Start receiving paid survey opportunities in your area of expertise to your email inbox by joining the Curizon community of Physicians and Healthcare Professionals.

Use our link to Join and you'll also be entered into a drawing for an additional $250 to be awarded to one new registrant referred by Physician on FIRE this month.

 

So how are they educated?

 

With incredible amounts of flexibility!  Worldschooling for our family is a work in progress. We all agreed, including the children, to give it at least two years before deciding whether or not to continue.

I spent many hours researching different methods online and became overwhelmed with the number of different styles and programs.  I couldn’t find one academic program that had everything that I wanted in it and without a lot of “busy work.”

In the end, I decided to break it down into subjects and make sure that my children were doing *something* in each area: math, science, English, social studies, music, and foreign language.

We started homeschooling in June of 2019. I should note that I have always required my children to do summer work to maintain what they had learned during the school year and to give some structure to their summers. We’ve incentivized them to do work during the summer by earning screen time, small rewards or family outings when they complete weekly assignments.

Schooling year-round means that I don’t worry too much about missing time from school when we are busy. When we spent a week in Washington D.C. last fall, the kids never cracked a book. I let the nation’s capital, the Smithsonian, and the Holocaust museum do all the teaching.

It also means that our boys only do 4 days of schooling each week.  The math is simple; there are 180 days in a typical school year, but we do 4 days a week all year long, and that’s 208 days. Minus a week here or there for other experiences and we are still doing more days of education per year than they were getting in the public school.

 

Worldschooling Map
the mediterranean sea

 

An incentive to work a little more…

 

In addition, our boys can choose to do an extra day of school work each week and they often do! Why, you ask? Simple — Kindle games.  We have raised our kids with very limited screen time. We haven’t had cable TV service in years, although when we did, they weren’t allowed to watch it.

The only gaming system that we own is a Nintendo Wii that hadn’t been set up in almost 10 years. My husband set it up (ugh) this Christmas season and the boys played on it twice before leaving the country.  So playing video games is a very coveted activity.

For each day of schoolwork they complete, they earn one hour of game time on their kindles with the option of earning one extra hour per week. It’s incredible what they will do to play video games for one hour!

This system benefits me the most. The boys know what they have to do to earn screen time so they are never asking me if they can play on their kindles randomly. They know that they can lose their kindle time for bad behavior, so that’s a rarity. They know that they can do an extra day of work for an extra hour.

Our system gives them a little amount of screen time without going overboard and is the perfect incentive to completing school work. The system is genius and I can’t take credit for it — it was my husband’s idea! But back to the work…

 

InfinityWEB

 

An evolving curriculum

 

Initially, the boys separated this work into three shifts- computer, workbooks and writing, and music. On the computer, they were doing Khan Academy math, typing club, and Duolingo Spanish. They had workbooks for language arts, vocabulary, spelling, science and social studies.

For writing, we were giving them weekly assignments, including essays, biographies, compare and contrast, poetry, opinion, etc.  Music was 20 minutes of piano and 15 minutes of their secondary instrument: guitar for our oldest and ukulele for our youngest.

Since I still read to my children daily, I started reading books that correlated with our curriculum, mostly humanities novels and the series The Story of the World (which is fascinating by the way!)

Does it sound like a lot of work? It’s amazing how quickly they can get it all done.

On a day where they don’t take long Lego play breaks or choose to audiobook several hours between shifts, they are done by noon. Easily.

It takes even less time when we are traveling since we do not have music lessons or instruments on the road.  All that and we aren’t even waking them up in the morning to get started on their day!

 

Worldschooling Computers
worldschooling can be boring, too.

 

We incorporate a lot of reading time into our days and the boys have had their own Kindles for years. We are lucky in that both of them love to read and audiobook! On occasion, I will assign them books, like The Dairy of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, if its relevant to our travels, as it did on our current trip — we visited the Anne Frank house on a layover in Amsterdam.

There is also a Minnesota reading program called the Maud Hart Lovelace challenge that our kids were participating in when they were in the gifted program that I have continued to do. The book recommendations are amazing and encourage children to read different styles of literature.

So that’s how it started in June. Here we are in February, 6 months later, and it already looks very different.

 

Worldschooling in 2020

 

When we traveled to Mexico for 9 weeks in the fall, we each had a backpack and a carry-on suitcase.  By the time we left Mexico, I couldn’t believe how much extra stuff we had, and I was tired of dragging so much luggage around.  My wonderful in-laws bought us travel backpacks for Christmas and we decided to only bring one backpack per person on our current trip to Spain.

We were faced with a dilemma…. Bringing our children’s workbooks would require that I take my 29L Kelty bag in addition to my brand new 40L REI travel pack and carry around two packs.

Was I ready to switch methods so soon? I had just purchased a fresh round of workbooks from Amazon in anticipation of the boys finishing a few of them on the Spain trip.  The first week of January we had the boys test out doing all subjects on Khan- choosing one science, one social studies and taking the Grammar program instead of doing language arts/vocab workbooks.

It went really well and we ditched the books! Now after 4 weeks, they are enjoying the new method of study and they aren’t sure they want to go back to workbooks when we get home in March!

We still packed their writing notebooks and The Story of the World volume 3, plus the Catechism workbook that is required for them to be confirmed when we get home. We also have on us a Mission: Barcelona adventure book that my cousin got them for Christmas plus the 14 small gifts she wrapped up as prizes for their completed missions.

Not to mention pokemon playing cards, a deck of cards, Cataan Dice Game and the game Greed!  They have a large amount of PLUS PLUS building toys and some other “busy hand toys.” What I’m trying to say is… we still have a lot of miscellaneous stuff!

 

Worldschooling Teotihuacan
back to the good stuff. teotihuacan

 

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

 

There are numerous wonderful things about worldschooling. Although no one in my family is surprised that I ended up wanting to homeschool my children for a few years, I honestly am surprised!  If you had asked me if I would homeschool in the years before I had children, or even in the first few years of being a parent, I would have thought No Way! But here I am.

It’s easier than I thought it would be and a lot more enjoyable. I like the quiet, low key pace of our mornings. I don’t miss the days of dragging them out of bed, especially in the winter, and hustling them out the door.

Rayce
the brains behind our worldschooling

 

I don’t miss the days of picking them up at 3 in the afternoon and feeling like my day with them was just getting started — needing to do piano lessons, guitar / ukulele, that brutal year that my oldest was on the swim team and we weren’t even getting home until 5 in the evening. And then somehow getting them fed with teeth brushed, stories read, and off to bed at 7 pm.

I feel like my children are a lot less stressed. We have a family meeting on Sunday evenings where we talk about the previous week and what is coming up for the next week.  Our children have a clear idea of what is expected from them each week and how to accomplish it. They are participants in their own education, helping to pick out writing topics, assigned reading, and setting other goals.

We are also able to really focus on the areas that need the most work, while not worrying too much about the subjects that they are thriving in. For our children, we let them do math at their own leisurely pace while we focus on improving their writing skills with everything we’ve got!

We allow them to take science classes that might be a little advanced for their age, knowing that they will eventually take the class again and will get all the information a second time.  And since we are traveling, we let our experiences teach them too.

 

 
Curizon June 2020Click here to Join Curizon and you'll also be entered into a drawing for an additional $250 to be awarded to one new registrant referred by Physician on FIRE this month.

 

The Bad?

 

Of course, there are some negatives. It’s difficult for me, as a parent, to see my children taking such long absences from music. We started both the boys in piano before they turned four years old and I miss hearing them play. I love hearing them say that they miss playing!  Our oldest has been playing piano for 7 years and our youngest 5 years, so taking some time off isn’t detrimental, but it’s tough, regardless.

Also, they miss their friends, of course. Although sometimes I wonder if I think they miss their friends more than they actually do.  We are lucky that our boys get along very well and genuinely like each other. If there is ever an argument, it’s usually because the youngest wants to play more and the oldest wants a reading break.

We do take them to parks regularly and they will end up playing with other kids despite the language barrier. In Mexico, they had a standing playdate in a local plaza every day when school was let out. Next year we are exceptionally blessed to be traveling once again with friends that also have two boys of a similar age!

They’re the same two boys that my kiddos are going to Kennedy Space Camp with this summer in  Florida. So friendships in world travel are possible, it just takes a bit more of a commitment.

 

Worldschooling Mediterranean
hooray for friends! and the mediterranean!

 

The Ugly?

 

Oh, it’s gotten ugly! There have been a couple of times where the boys have turned in the laziest work imaginable. And yes, I immaturely threatened them with going back to public school!!

Like I mentioned, writing is their downfall. When a workbook leaves a half-page of lines to answer a social studies question and my 9-year old writes down one poorly formed fragment sentence without capitalization or punctuation, there will be words.  But these are rare occasions and also, my 9-year old loves to push the boundaries and see what he can get away with.

 

Back to the Good of Worldschooling.

 

Worldschooling has allowed us to take our kids out of the classroom and around the world. Show them different cultures, have them try different foods. Last week I paid them a Euro each to eat a fried baby octopus… and they did it!  It’s allowed us to have a lot more time together as a family- playing more games, taking walks, going to museums and even watching more movies!

It’s allowed us to escape from the harsh Northern Minnesota and Michigan winters!

My final thoughts are this: traveling as a family is so much fun that even if worldschooling wasn’t as enjoyable, it would still be worth it.  I would still figure it out in order to have the experiences that we are having right now. I would buy the expensive curriculums or enroll them in an online school with lots of busy work if that’s what it took.

But it seems to me that there are hundreds of different ways to educate your child and what we are doing right now is working really well for us. In 6 months it might all be different!

 

Learn something new here? Learn more.

Subscribe Button


Learn how to better manage your student loan debt, and explore refinancing to a lower rate with cash back offers up to $750! Student Loan Resource Page

 

38 thoughts on “Worldschooling: How Our Children are Educated as We Travel”

  1. Ha! Good call on ditching the workbooks. I love khan academy.
    Do you wonder if your little one will get bored being in an age appropriate class? I suppose in high school where they get a little more choice in the classes, maybe not. I “homeschool” my kids over the summer and can relate. We just do two structures hours though. The rest is independent reading whenever. Sometimes the kids are just on it and other times not so much.

    Reply
    • Hi Astrid! I wonder sometimes too if our children will get bored in regular classes, but I figure we can only take one year at a time! I know that my boys are not bored right now and that’s what counts =) Rayce

      Reply
  2. Subscribe to get more great content like this, an awesome spreadsheet, and more!
  3. Great post! We can relate to your story, for sure!

    After I quit medicine, our family of six traveled around the world for a year. Our kids had been in the public gifted stream, but we worldschooled while we were away – very unstructured, with a focus on travel rather than school. No computer games for our family either, but the kids were free to learn about whatever they wanted, and they learned a lot. Even more importantly, they were happier. Medicine had been burning me out; school had been burning them out. They had to re-learn how to love learning.

    When our trip ended about six months ago, the decision to continue homeschooling was easy. How we do it is constantly evolving, but the kids are still in the driver’s seats while we try to make sure there are no gaping holes (like writing skills!). In a nutshell, we do two hours of sit-down work every day, but the rest of the day is also full of worthwhile activities like reading, writing, podcasts, exercise, art, small engine repair, etc. The other week, for example, we built a tiny Tesla coil – a super fun project rich with lessons in physics, engineering, and history.

    Financial independence made me realize that medicine was not my most important job. The legacy I leave through my kids will have a far greater impact than that I leave in medicine, so making sure they are happy, well-rounded, life-long learners is now more gratifying than medicine ever was. And with the quality of free online resources (check out CK-12), it is easier than ever.

    All the best!

    Reply
    • Wow! It sounds like you are killing it!

      I do think that the longer we homeschool, the easier it is getting and the more resources we are discovering! Thanks for sharing the CK-12, I will look into that soon =)

      You’re on to something about the stress of school. The year that my oldest was on the swim team was a real eye-opener for me. His day started at 6:40 am, getting ready for school, and ended at 5pm, getting home from swim. That’s crazy, right?! And swim was 3 days a week, plus weekend meets… what first grader needs to swim 4+ hours a week? Where is the free time to just play?

      Rayce

      Reply
  4. I have thought about this often and it is so good to hear the “good, the bad and the ugly” from real experience. My 6 year old is fascinated by mummies, specifically “Otzi” the Iceman who he read about in a book from his public school library. We were on a trip to Italy to visit friends in Cortona and did a side trip for 5 days to the Dolomites to hike and to visit the actual museum where Otzi lies along with the history of what life would have been like if you had lived when he did 5,300 years ago. My son will remember this his whole life and has spent hours educating our family, his class and friends on this topic not to mention all he learned about the history of this area located on the Austrian/Italian border during WWI and why the people are Italian but all still speak German. To be able to do that full time with your kids is a dream! Good job mom and thank you so much for this inspiring post!

    Reply
    • I appreciate your kind words… and your story about Otzi! I think that we will be spending some time researching him soon =) Rayce

      Reply
  5. Very cool stuff Leif & family. My kids are a bit younger than yours and we also have the aspiration to travel around the world in the future. World schooling is definitely something we’ll have to look into. Last year I met a Canadian family with 4 kids that travelled around the world for a year and they home schooled too. I picked on the dad’s brain quite a bit on how home schooling worked. Having travelled quite extensively myself, I truly believe you learn way more things by visiting different places than reading books and spending time in the classroom.

    Reply
    • Hi Tawcan! I’m careful not to pick too many brains about homeschooling now a days! I have quite a few friends that have been homeschooling for years and I don’t think I know two people who are doing it the same. That being said, different states have different laws and having a resource in the same state is essential! Unless you are in Michigan, like us, where it’s basically a free for all =) Rayce

      Reply
  6. Rayce – I love this post! Its great to get so much insight into how a family can implement world schooling. We’re on a sabbatical year in spain with our 4 kids and our plan was to home school our 8 and 5 year old, and put our 3 year old twins into pre school.

    We had some experience home schooling our eldest while we lived in zambia – but realised that when the twins were at home during their holidays, that became much more challenging.

    Anyway, despite having bought the Story of the World and several other materials for our oldest two, we have ended up putting all four of our kids into a small bilingual student led learning school. They are also flexible on us taking our kids out of school – and they proposed a fee structure that would fit with our budget if I’d help them with their finances (I’m a CPA) and my wife would teach a STEAM club.

    We would like to do a lot more travelling with our kids when the twins are older – and would embrace world schooling as a tool to enable us to do that. Is there an age at which you would like to get your eldest back into a more mainstream public school? That’s a debate we are having as we figure out at what point we need to be more settled – though I appreciate that every kid is different.

    Reply
    • Hi Paul! Are you still in Spain?

      Currently, and subject to change within a moments notice, we are planning to put our children back into public school when our oldest goes to high school. That would put our younger son in 7th grade. I would like my boys to have a traditional high school experience, and right now that is what they say they want.

      That gives us four years to travel, but we have only booked two years. We talk about the third year with the kids, but we don’t want to set anything in stone until we see how the second year goes. I’m also open minded to homeschooling high school if that’s what is best for the whole family when the time comes, but I don’t think it will be what everyone wants to do.

      I’m jealous of your opportunity to enroll your kids in a flexible bilingual program! That is what has been missing from our education plan! Keep up the good work! Rayce

      Reply
      • We are still in Spain – in Granada – so please let me know if you’re ever in our vicinity.

        Also love your comment about doing what is best for the whole family.

        PS – khan academy is great

        Reply
    • Yes, of course! I had a feeling someone would ask!

      English:
      Spectrum Vocab
      Spectrum Language Arts
      For spelling I was assigning words at random, often misspelled words on their writing assignments or commonly misspelled words that I find online.
      Khan- Grammar course

      Science:
      180 Days of Science
      Khan- biology course

      Social Studies:
      180 Days of Social Studies
      Khan- U.S. History
      The Story of the World book series

      Spanish is on Duolingo, although I had a Spanish workbook that was alright. We also took language classes in Mexico.

      Math is on Khan, they work at their own pace.

      Writing assignments are given weekly. They entail an outline, rough draft, revision with parent (almost always Leif!) and a final draft. Topics are based on what we are doing at the time. Last week they wrote an essay about the Running of the Bulls in Spain. This week they choose an animal from the Biopark or Oceanarium to research and write about.

      We don’t have an exact curriculum, but we are learning all the time!

      Reply
  7. Great post. When we try to pull our kindergartener out of school to take educational trips, it requires an act of congress for our public school. I don’t understand the argument that a 5-year-old needs to be in school when you are planning to take them to another country to practice language and experience a different culture. World schooling might be in our future because it would marry travel & education. It is always great to hear from you, keep your post coming.

    Reply
    • Aw thank you!

      I couldn’t believe that we were able to pull them out of school so much! And to be honest, they didn’t miss anything. The teachers were amazing about just sending the bare minimum. We did the required testing before or after each trip, and sometimes we were just plain lucky that the scheduled trips fell where they did on the schools time line.

      World traveling is worth it =) Rayce

      Reply
  8. It’s wonderful to read thoughts like yours, Rayce! We’re in a similar boat in that we moved to Panama in August and have a 9-year-old. We’re new to the world of homeschooling and it did seem overwhelming at first, but now it seems to be going pretty well.

    Like you, I probably tend to overthink the friend thing, too. I’m constantly worried in the back of my mind that our daughter is missing out on time cultivating friendships. However, she’s finally made a couple of friends here (it’s an older community) and she’s getting to really experience another culture – something that so many kids will never get the chance to do.

    Enjoy your travels and periodically throw out some more posts so we can see things from your perspective! 🙂

    Reply
    • Thanks Jim, I think if you add a lot of flexibility to your education plan, you can take the stress right out of it! And I’m sure that your 9 year old is going to reflect on this time of travel and cultural experiences with great joy. Do you plan to enroll her in a former school sometime down the road?

      Reply
      • Initially, the plan was to do homeschooling this year because we didn’t want to get residency yet until we were sure we wanted to stay here (it’ll run ~$7,500 in attorney fees). As tourists, we have to leave the country every so many months for 30 days at a time so a regular school wouldn’t work.

        Assuming we stay here, we thought we’d do an international school, but now we’re not sure. We love the flexibility and the one on one of homeschooling. However, we do want her to meet more friends. My guess is that we’ll end up sending her to a homeschool group next year to get the best of both worlds, but only time will tell.

        Let me know when you guys are going to come visit us here in Panama!

        Reply
  9. Rayce,
    Thank you for this article.  We are living, amazingly, similar lives.  Insert girls instead of boys and you have most of the details, spot on!  So much so, it’s truly scary!!?
    My husband is still working the anesthesia gig, as we draw nearer to FIRE.  We don’t scrimp on the vacations, so Home/Worldschooling has been invaluable.  Gifted learners tend to pick up the basics quickly.  Kudos to you for understanding that experiential learning is where their true growth will occur!

    Reply
    • Thanks for your encouraging words Sarah! Does your husband have a RE date? The transition from being a grounded family with jobs and public schooling to a world schooling family was remarkably easy!

      Reply
      • Ugh! Such a sore subject. He keeps putting off the RE date. While he sees the numbers, healthcare has become the huge questionable cost, that he can never feel quite prepared to cover. So excited to see how your adventure unfolds! Would love to hear more from your perspective.

        Reply
  10. LOVED this post! Great Job, Rayce! I’m always in awe of you world schooling – it intimidates me, but you make it always sound so doable.

    Now I’m waiting for the day when you turn into a writer. A reader like you would be an excellent author…it all starts with blogging (ask me how I know, lol).

    Hugs and miss you!

    Reply
    • Never BC! Although Leif says that he can get me a copy of YOUR book on my Kindle…

      Miss you too! Congrats on the exciting things that you have going on with your family and I look forward to seeing you in June!

      Reply
  11. I was chastised for dragging the Wii out of the box and introducing it to the kids as well. In hindsight I agree but after a flurry of activity it rarely gets used anymore.

    It sounds like quite the experience overall and I appreciate you sharing it with us.
    I have 4 kids 5 and under and I feel like I would go insane trying something like this but I imagine it gets easier when they are school age. If I cannot do it I am glad I can hear about it through someone else!

    I cannot wait to hear more!

    Reply
  12. Good for you, taking the homeschool/worldschool plunge! I work 0.6FTE as a physician and my physician husband FIREd a few years ago. I’ve been homeschooling our kids from the beginning and now they’re 7th and 5th grade. We’ve really enjoyed the freedom and flexibility of homeschooling and I feel our kids are better citizens because of it. We haven’t done “worldschooling” though, I prefer to relax and soak up the experiences as we travel.? We also school year-round and take breaks when I/we need them.
    We love Story of the World as well and I’d highly recommend the audio recordings. I download the CDs onto our devices and we can listen on the go. Our school district allows us to homeschool and participate in the gifted program, so the kids do that once a week. They have small classes with hands on learning so I feel they’re getting the best of both worlds.
    Enjoy your travels! The experiential learning and memories will last a lifetime!

    Reply
  13. We home schooled all the way through. For us we used The Angelicum Academy as the main curriculum supplemented by the states online class work. The curriculum was a great books western culture, with a full load of science math and language. My oldest graduated with 32 hours of college credit. My youngest wanted to walk the stage for a diploma so she spent her last year in HS. Both girls missed the “mean girls” and did not have their personalities dissected by wolverines. Both kids had full social lives with sports dance dating formal dances etc.

    Travel amounted to an internet connection and a laptop. It was true school could be condensed to 3 hours per day. Both kids started their own businesses and make several thousand per year on the side. One kid has 2 businesses. Color me not worried about their futures.

    An inspiring story Raylene, good on you guys for stepping up!

    Reply
  14. Thank you for writing about the actual curriculum you use! We supplement public school with homeschooling and travel during the summers, so it’s a similar setup to yours 4 months out of the year. However, we only have one kid and I do worry about her getting lonely on the road for so long.

    Reply
  15. My daughter is about to start Kindergarten in the US, I was curios what you did in he summers to recap or stay ahead. How did you get your kids in the gifted program and prepare them for this.
    Thanks again for sharing.
    Duke

    Reply
    • In the summers, we had them do some workbooks. Something like this.

      For the gifted program, our district screens all the public school kids in kindergarten. We were at a parochial school, so we had our kindergartener tested when another school was issuing the exam. It was mostly visual spatial type stuff and we picked up a book from eBay with similar questions so our son would be familiar with the types of questions he might see.

      Our younger son was doing his big brother’s homework as a preschooler, and we had him evaluated by the school district for possible grade advancement. I don’t recall if he took the specific test for the gifted program, but that’s where they put him. I think they stopped testing his reading when he proved he could read and comprehend at the 3rd grade level. #ProudDad

      Cheers!
      -PoF

      Reply
      • Thanks for the Info, makes sense. About to embark in that world, trying to balance between pushing them to learn but not too much :).

        Reply
  16. I just discovered your blog on a late night search. I love reading how other families approach worldschooling. I wanted to offer a little encouragement…

    Our oldest daughter (of 6 total kids) was able to make a pretty seamless transition from worldschooling and a very eclectic education to college without any problems. We read a book called The New Global Student by Maya Frost back in 2011 that opened our eyes to the real benefits of international travel for our kids. We already had the desire, but her book’s subtitle includes “ditching the SATs” so I was intrigued.

    We discovered that, by having our children attend a community college for the first year or two, meant that they would be able to opt-out of the high stress SAT or ACT tests for college admissions. Not only that, Ms. Frost points out the financial benefits of a community college over a public or private university AND that many of the professors are there because they really love teaching. That was certainly not my experience at two different universities where professors were more focused on their research than students.

    Anyway, our daughter did have to take the PERT test, which seemed like a very basic assessment test and pretty much aced it on the first try. She was a little shy of the score needed to place out of the intro math course, so for $10, she took that part again and did fine. She did zero prep for that test. It was the first major standardized test she’d taken since about 3rd grade.

    She was inducted into their honor society for her grades and I have just stood back in awe that the crazy education we gave her actually translated to excelling in a traditional school setting. Because, let’s be honest…when you have a homeschooled kid applying to college, the parents are really the ones being tested. 😉

    Anyway, I know so many people wonder about what happens to these kids after travel, especially in regards to higher education. I just wanted to say that they do just fine and I’m sure your boys will, too. 🙂

    Reply

Leave a Comment

shares