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…

Reading List Top 5

Reading in varied genres is a lovely way to greet the world. With a good book in hand, it is impossible to be lonely. Reading inspires profound empathy and personal growth rooted in new-found knowledge of people, ideas or other concepts previously uncharted.  I love when a book surprises me, as happened several times this…

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…

What Does Homeschool Look Like?

Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future. ~ Maria Montessori We get a lot of questions about our travel-school.  “Where/how do you teach?” or “Who makes lunch?” or “Do you give home-work?” A lion’s share of kids love…

Go Timbalero! A history.

We are just days out from moving onboard TIMBALERO, celebrating our fifth year of travel-school. This family is excited! We will miss our land-friends for sure, but winter passes quickly and we are always back on terra firma in time for some freezing-rain-driven, early-spring New England weather and of course, baseball spring training. TIMBALERO = (noun);…

Land. Sea. Repeat.

Fall in Newport is a dream… Gorgeous weather, dear friends, Sophia’s first Homecoming, and lots of fall baseball!  Life on land is good. As we are now well into our fifth year of home-schooling, I think we are solidly on our path.  However, in the true spirit of Travel-School, it is soon time to pick…

Fútbol, Béisbol y el Jardin del Turia

Naturally, we could find fútbol in Spain. But could we find American Baseball? Years ago when we lived in Valencia, Sydney played fútbol (= american soccer) and it was a memorable experience for her… for us all, actually. Playing sports in another country is a great way to make friends and learn the local language on…

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…