18 September 2012

Life, Learning, and How It All Ties Together

Back in January when we were still living in Italy, which seems like a lifetime ago now, we made plans to take a family vacation this December. We booked a cruise (yes, nearly 12 months in advance) and now that it's finally getting closer (relatively speaking) we're all pretty excited about it. No new countries this time, but we will be visiting three places we've never seen before.

This past July, keeping with our child-led approach to homeschooling, Agent E and I brainstormed what we would concentrate on this semester. Together we chose to focus on the United States, ocean life, and Spanish. So far she is really enjoying it, and we've managed to incorporate each of these subjects into the reading, writing, math, play, and conversations that comprise our days.

Senior Agents ready to cruise
What do these two things have in common?

Well, even though we did not set out to do this purposely, our chosen course of study for the last few months of 2012 and our big end of the year trip really dovetail quite nicely.

We will be visiting a few U.S. territories . . . and we will address in our studies how those differ from the 50 states.

Aside from the obvious that we will be traveling on the ocean, we also have plans to take a semi-submarine ocean tour and make a stop at a very "hands on" aquarium. 

One stop will be at a location where Spanish is the official language . . . and while most people we interact with will likely also speak English, we will be able to use some of the basic language skills we've acquired.

I know it may sound crazy to some, but I just think it's so neat how it all worked out like that without even trying. One of the many reasons I love educating the Agents at home.


  1. Hi from HHH!
    How very exciting! We always incorporate learning into our travels. What better way is there to learn than getting out into the world and building upon real life experiences! Have fun and may you be blessed with adventurous learning opportunities!
    Just thinking, we have FREE printable books at waddleeahchaa.com about the ocean and sea life that might be just right for you little kiddos.

  2. SO exciting!! We've always wanted to go on a cruise. Enjoy:)
    Here from the Hop.

    1. This will be our third cruise; they are addictive! If you enjoy traveling with kids or want to vacation with a large party, they really are the way to go. I think before I took my first I thought, oh, we're not "cruise" people, they sound complicated, too expensive, etc . . . then I discovered none of those is actually true! Loving the Hop each week. Fun way to "meet" other homeschoolers.

  3. This is a great example of the freedom that there is in Home Education. We don't have anyone formally schooling yet, but it's these kinds of stories that make my heart beat faster (in the good way) when I consider homeschooling.

    Thanks for linking up to The Parent 'Hood!

  4. I love the way you teach! I remember the year we headed to Ireland. I studied medieval times, castles, knights with my kids. When we were able to tour some old castles, it drove it all home. I know not everyone has those opportunities, but I love to give them real life learning to drive it all home. Thanks for linking up to The Parent 'Hood. We like your company.

    1. It is amazing to be able to visit the places you are studying. I'm a little bummed that only E is old enough to really remember our time living in Europe. J and A will just know about it through pictures.