Sunday, August 12, 2012

Our School Room

Not Back to School Blog Hop
Linking up again with the folks at iHomeschool Network for the Not Back To School Blog Hop. Today we are sharing a bit about our school rooms.

Just over a year has passed since I first blogged about contemplating homeschooling.

This seems like a good place to study
The idea first entered my head while on vacation. We had taken our first cruise, traveling around the Mediterranean and whooping it up (as much as one can whoop with three young and demanding Agents in tow), and I kept teasing my husband that he needed to score a job as Cruise Ship Captain, so the kids and I could travel around with him at deeply discounted family rates and see the world. I thought it odd that, although I had never considered it before, it flashed through my mind: I would totally homeschool them for that kind of opportunity. (For those of you who know Hubby and his current career path, the idea is not all that far-fetched. And, seriously, how much would that rock?)

Anyway, fast-forward a few months and it's time for Agent E to start Kindergarten. We willingly and happily registered her, but something is nagging at me and and I can't quite figure out what. One day it just kind of hits me: What If We Just Don't Send Her? And instead let her continue learning at her own pace and traveling and see what happens? Could this work for her siblings as well?

We soon learned that one of the many advantages of homeschooling is that your "classroom" can be absolutely anywhere. We have a small box we keep our current school supplies in, and we use a binder to organize paperwork and notes, but we don't just "do" school in any one place. 

Oh, yeah . . . where was I going with this? School room. Right. We've embraced the idea of practicing child-led education, and that means we can find learning opportunities anywhere. How about a photo? (Or six?)

With Agent J at the top of the Eiffel Tower
Exploring the back yard
Posing with one of our favorite tools, the giant maps
Agent E in Greece, on the starting line
of the original Olympic stadium
Sometimes we even work in the kitchen
Visiting a carpet-making factory in Turkey
Where do you and your children learn?

10 comments :

  1. I love the way you are out and about learning with your children! Yes, the yard is a fabulous place to learn - one of our favorites!

    ReplyDelete
  2. LOVE this kind of "school room!" ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh my goodness! How awesome is this!?!? I am so excited to be at a spot where we can travel the world!

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is a fun perspective! :) We're also out and about learning much of the time.

    ReplyDelete
  5. What fun - to literally have the world as your classroom! What great memories you are creating!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Looks like you're giving your kids a wonderful life and some amazing learning experiences.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love that you do child-led learning! We do too, with the exception of cursive handwriting and spelling.
    Love all of the neat experiences that you give your children!

    Popped over from Sunrise Learning Lab to see your Week 2 - School Room Tour post that you linked up with the iHomeschool Network’s Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop.

    Have a wonderful child-led homeschool year!
    Colleen
    http://sunriselearninglab.blogspot.com/2012/08/blog-hop-week-2-our-school-room.html


    ReplyDelete
  8. Here is what they remember most! Have a wonderful year exploring together!

    ReplyDelete