Homework for Homeschool?

Do Homeschoolers have Homework? I recently over-heard Oliver’s reply to the question above with a question of his own: “Wouldn’t that just be school after school?” Well, his hypothetical is right. Whether public, private or parochial, most classrooms have quite a few students and I understand how there would be enough time to teach a…

Cortado: Safe in Jacksonville

“Irma-gawd!” … wins for the best spray-painted hurricane-barrier sign of the storm. I wish I had a photo of it. So clever, and it is not easy to be clever in a time of panic. Mother Nature always wins. Hurricane Irma was gigantic, powerful and packed a brutal punch on the Caribbean islands, Bahamas, (et…

Getting Ready: Travel School 101

“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success.”   – Henry Ford This summer was brilliant: chock-full of baseball, beach and lazy, sunny afternoons. Somehow, it always seems to fly by too quickly. While trying to squeeze in the sun, I also spent a great part of my summer selecting a new curriculum for the kids….

LIFE LIST of Books for Middle-Schoolers and Beyond

With our first day of school just around the corner, I am using my last, lazy summer days to update our home-library. In the process of organizing our most cherished titles, I have come up with a great list to share. These favorites are works of literature that every child (and adult!) should read. Though…

Vintage Boats and Modern Families

Cortado is part of a growing fleet of carefully restored and unique vintage Huckins. A few months ago we were in Vero Beach, Florida for a rendez-vous with other Huckins yacht owners, sharing dinners together, sundowners and stories of our adventures on the water. We also all participated in the Wheels and Keels vintage boat,…

Mega-Readers Collide: More Super Groups

Poet and writer Gwendolyn Brooks succinctly wrote that, “Books feed and cure and chortle and collide…” Her brilliant short poem (see below) titled, Book Power gets right to the heart of the necessity of reading and the basic sustenance literature can provide in our lives. While I believe in the nourishment factor, it’s the colliding…

In Pursuit of a Life Well Read

– The love of learning, The sequestered nooks,  And all the sweet serenity …of books. – H.W. Longfellow – – My favorite summer pastime is reading on one of the porch sofas (or v-berth with port-light windows open) until I fall asleep, a gentle breeze blowing, book on lap, glasses off-kilter: nap heaven. – I…

Ask Questions

Always ask questions. We talk often about knowledge, what it means, how to attain it and we encourage our kids to always ask questions. We tell them, “Don’t pretend to know something. Get to the core of what you don’t understand by utilizing resources around you.”  Asking questions is a fundamental part of understanding the…

Going With the Flow

“La seule chose constante dans la vie est le changement.”   – François de La Rochefoucauld   “The only thing constant in life is change.” I am feeling compelled to write this morning about the subject of change (specifically the impetus for, and results of).  Why do we strive for ….the big kahuna-waves, the furthest-away…

Adventure School Rocks

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”    –  Martin Luther King Jr.   We are often asked what model we use in our Travel School.  There are un-schoolers, classic education home-schools, and many other hybrids. We choose a semi-rigorous classification. We call ourselves Adventure School or Travel School, because that…

Moms and Mermaids

Happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms out there… Boat moms, Baseball/Softball + all Sport moms, New mothers, Step-mothers, Godmothers… Aunts, Abuelas/Grammies, too. Thank you for all you do. From our Travel-School world, we have collected a few of our favorite poems in your honor – • The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes Bring…

Nature Rules in Yosemite

While we love our boat-life, “Land-Cruising” is also our thing. When our Cloud10 Racing schedule takes us to the West Coast, we want to see what’s out there!  So last fall, after loving San Francisco and racing in a couple J70 regattas there, we took a little detour and drove to Yosemite. Yosemite is easy to get to, located in…