Road Trip Basics

Me and my adventurous sibs, Smokey Mountains, 1971. I remember family road trips when I was a kid with vivid detail. My parents, two siblings and I would jam into our dark cherry red Oldsmobile F85 (lovingly nicknamed, “the Bomb”) and drive the three-point-five hours from Indianapolis to grandma’s house in southern Indiana about once…

Saying No to the Dreaded Scroll

Phones are like air and comfort food. We need them and they make us feel good. Have a question about anything at all? The answer is at our finger-tips in seconds. Need to call home? The phone is already dialing. We are all, every one of us, connected and addicted to this new way of…

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.”…

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….

Out of Experience, Comes Character

Travel School for us starts each year with two solid weeks of home-schooling at home.  We use the time to get into the groove of school, discuss our goals for the year and prepare, academically, for the places we will visit. Aristotle said in his book of Poetics that “decisions define character.” Each day of our travel-school represents…

Poetry and People in Paradise

If Once You Have Slept on an Island If once you have slept on an island   You’ll never be quite the same; You may look as you looked the day before   And go by the same old name, You may bustle about in street and shop;    You may sit at home and sew, But you’ll…

Adventure School

There are many families that are doing what we are doing, or have done a similar version. We do not feel alone, nor that we are setting any records in raising/educating our kids in an alternative way. There are many types of “homeschoolers” and home-schooling families. We don’t seem to fit into most categories we have…

Homeschool at Home

How is this school year slipping by us so quickly? Time is fleeting and our family unit has grown strong. We have all flourished with our nomadic school setup and we enjoy learning and adventuring together. In the course of the last month, Tony flew to the Caribbean for three weeks of maxi-yacht racing in Virgin…

No Rest for the Weary

How did we get here? We are feeling blessed and grateful for all we have and all we are doing together.  2014 finished with a quiet, peaceful and happy crescendo.  At this point, we are not quite sure how to stop – because we love it –  (family time, boat, flexibility, challenges, achievements, togetherness, learning)…