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Can I Homeschool My Teenager While Travelling Overseas?
© Beverley Paine
"We are planing an extensive overseas trip on our yacht with our 12 year old daughter. We will have access to the internet. Can you please advise me on what web sites I need to go to and what the cost will be?" Tony
How you go about homeschooling is really up to you. Many families with teenagers opt for a more relaxed educational approach, with the student concentrating on acquiring basic skills by using selected text books that for the large part are self-instructional in Maths and writing/comprehension skills, together with a 'unit study' approach built upon whatever daily life produces. Some teens build on skills needed to satisfy their hobbies, passions or interests, and focus on these interests in their lives as the main 'theme' or structure to their learning. A good book to read is The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn, or Homeschooling The Teen Years by Cafi Cohen - these should be available on inter-libary loan or through Amazon.
You'll find more articles related to home educating through the teen years and beyond here.
Be assured, you will have a very interesting and busy life with abundant educational opportunities on this journey and your young lady will have educational opportunities other parents can only dream about. I suggest that you visit bookshops wherever you stop.
Before you head off create a long list of literature including the classics by the world's best authors (including translations of authors from Europe, Asia, China, Russia, South America, etc - the whole world, not just the UK, Australia and the USA, which is what kids in school are limited to studying).
Let this be the back bone of her English 'course' for her high school years. Reading and writing should also include daily papers, magazines, emailing, surfing/researching the 'net (if you have acccess), radio, tv, etc. She can learn a lot about science and society by reading biographies and autobiographies of scientists, artists, architects, etc - people who have made contributions to civillisation over the millenia. The rest will happen naturally as you progress around the planet.
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Together with the support of my family, my aim is to help parents educate their children in stress-free, nurturing environments. In addition to building and maintaing this website, I continue to create and manage local and national home educating networks, help to organise conferences and camps, as well as write for, edit and produce newsletters, resource directories and magazines. I am an active supporter of national, state, regional and local home education groups.
We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine
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