Where Did We Go?

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We were a little loose on where exactly we would go with the kids this past year. Europe was fairly well-planned, but boat-living was (and HAD to be) organic, flexible. It had to FLOW.  It wasn’t until late May, when I sat down with the kids, thinking about our end-of-year projects and we decided to make a list of everywhere we went and studied, followed by specific points of interest in these locations. Tony and I were committed to taking guided tours whenever. wherever we could and made a point to find those parental “learning opportunities” as they arose.  So often in mainstream educational life, these opportunities are quite limited if only because our children are scheduled to the max in school, activites, sports and camps  –  all good things, but when does a parent have their time?

Our school books were contained to one small “roll-y” luggage that could fit on airplanes easily and wheel from boat to a marina if needed.  We took our travel-school to hotels, villas, marinas and studied in restaurants, balconies, and boat cockpits.  Flexibility, organization and curiosity to learn, are vital to making it all work.

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This list pertains to the 2014-2015 school year.  We completed our school year in Newport, homeschooling at home.

Locations of Study

Spain:  Ibiza, Valencia, Barcelona

France: Avignon, Montpellier

Italy: Torino, Torbole, Arco, Trento (Lake Garda)

FL on boat: Jacksonville, St. Augustine, New Smyrna, Cocoa Beach, Ft. Pierce, Del Ray,

Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Marathon, Key Largo, Islamorada, Ft. Myers, Boca Chita.

Newport, RI

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Points of Interest

Santa Maria de Montserrat, Northern Spain

Picasso Museum, Barcelona

Sagrada Famalia, Barcelona

Parc Guëll de Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain

Fallas Museum, Valencia, Spain

Gulliver Park, Valencia, Spain

Palace of the Popes, Avignon, France

Flamenco Dancing, Barcelona, Spain

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, Ibiza, Spain

Rock climbing on the Via Ferreta, Arco, Italy

Catedral de Valencia and Torre de San Miguel, Valencia Spain

Oceanogràfic – Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia Spain

Mercado Central de València y Mercado Colon, Valencia Spain

La Lonja de la Seda Valencia, Spain

Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona, Spain

Castle Béseno, Trento, Italy

Castle D’Arco, Arco, Italy

National Museum of American Illustration, Newport RI

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Miami, FL

Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL

Ernest Hemingway House, Key West

Harry S. Truman White House, Key West

Aquarium and Science Center, Key West

Jet Blue Park/Roger Dean Stadium, Ft. Myers

Thomas Edison/Henry Ford Museum, Ft. Myers

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