When Poetry Finds You

When poetry finds you, it can’t be ignored. It slowly connects with you in secret, like a micro-thin layer of new skin. Then one day, years later, you realize it is a necessary and vibrant part of who you are. We started studying poetry during our first year of travel-school. At the time, I had…

Re-Evaluating Travel School

Note: The bulk of this post I wrote in the spring of 2016.  Recently, I went back through old blog posts looking for advice from the past to my future self.  And, Sha-Zam! Exactly what I was looking for. …  A perfect reminder as we plan and prepare for year FIVE of Travel-school…  Are you…

Choosing a Fall Curriculum

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.  – Pelé We have about two weeks left in our 6th-8th grade school years, so you can imagine the intensity in our home. I remember school winding down (in…

You are What you Read II

One’s reading list is a direct window into the values, slant and intellect of a person, which is why “what are you reading now?” is a wonderful and curious ice-breaking question. What are you reading now? Reading books of all types remains an all-consuming pastime for our family. We devour books individually, but travel-schooling has allowed…

Why Field Trips Rule and How We Maintain Balance

Travel-School is all about field trips. We love being on the move – seeing and learning new things is right in our family wheel-house. When planning our school year, we start with a healthy, working list of trips we want to take with the kids. At year’s end, our September wish-list never matches our May…

Solving the CUBE

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Oliver has surprised us this year by putting in an enormous amount of his free time teaching himself the Rubik’s (and other) cubes. Today, he is competing at the Daytona, Florida ERAU Speedcubing competition. For his first event, Oliver will compete in the 2x2x2, the 3x3x3 and the Pyraminx categories.  This particular event…

Braver, Stronger, Smarter.

“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin in “Pooh’s Grand Adventure” We have many reasons to continue our travel-school adventure, and it is important to us to always remain aware that this is a choice. We constantly evaluate and assess our mental pro-con list, which…

Dam it, Florida!

For centuries, man has been attempting to tame the elements. Nature flows inconvenient, and man’s hubris takes charge. This was the case in Florida when, in 1937, a series of dams and locks were built to provide an easy water route across Florida. The Okeechobee locks allow boats to pass east–west across the state rather than…

Chilly Days and Chili Nights

The weather this winter has been a bit cool – even by our New England standards. Of course, we have no complaints, though we have experienced some hefty cold fronts, wind, rain and overall cooler air than normal.  When waiting out the weather, we usually tie up at a marina and seek out museums, science…

Travel School Gulf-ing

Last week we ventured into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time. It had been on our list to do, but equal parts weather and schedule had prevented us from doing so in the past. We left colorful Key West at the initial sight of clear air. Our first move was to head East…