My Multiverse

Are you familiar with the word “multiverse?” According to the dictionary, it refers to a hypothetical collection of identical (or diverse) universes, including our own. I wonder what my alternate universe life might look like? When homeschooling teens, your world changes lightning fast.  The coursework is increasingly hard; the questions and discussions: intense.  The emotions…

And, That’s a Wrap.

As I pinch myself, we made it through.  With our oldest in HIGH SCHOOL now (audible gasp), this past school year was a real experiment. I honestly never thought I would homeschool high school – it just seemed to be a natural point of exit, as if what we were doing was not “real school.”…

Movies that Inspire: MATH

Encouraging a love of math is tricky.  Many times I have heard people say, “I’m not a math person.”  Impossible. Everyone is a math person. Math is in everything! It’s like saying, “I am not a water person.”  Um. Yes you are. I have found that movies are a great way to get around a…

Why Teach Poetry?

Why teach poetry? Because poetry is the most compact form of literature. It demands the author to use the least amount of words possible to describe ideas, feelings, sounds, events and more. Putting the right words together is like solving a complex puzzle marrying intellect, intuition, emotion and vocabulary.  Understanding the complexities of poetry is…

Teachers Helping Teachers

Writing is a powerful, necessary skill. Both teaching and learning to write well takes practice – like memorizing times tables. The words start to flow, only after eons of repetition. Wake up; write. Read as much as you can. Think. Write it down. In the words of Anne Lamott, “Put your butt in a chair…

Bahamian Boat Science

We are often asked how we study science while traveling.  Initially, it was not easy!  I was trying to fit our science program into a traditional schoolroom “box”,  one in which we decidedly did not conform. Once I started quantifying our experiences, I realized the breadth and depth of what we are actually learning. While…

Ordinary Gratitude

Not all things deserve gratitude. Or do they? No one feels grateful to stand in a long line at the DMV*. But if we are there, it means we have a CAR, for which we can surely be grateful.  If we have a CAR, then we likely have paved roads to drive on, functioning traffic…

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. Our homeschool provides a college-prep education using a travel and literature-based approach to mastery learning….

About Socialization

SOCIALIZATION.  When talking about our travel school, often someone will comment to us in a hushed tone, “But what about socialization?”… I cringe at the question, but understand the concern. Children are inherently social creatures and luckily ours make friends of every age, color, religion and nationality wherever we go. Travel-Schooling for us, involves about seven…

Cortado-School on World History

“When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible”. This quote by fellow coffee-lover, Howard Shultz, speaks to the core by which our Cortado program thrives. We are all invested. The kids health and well-being, their school, the maintenance and safety of the boat, Tony’s work projects,…