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…

Slow it Down: A “How-to” Guide

Living simply is hard to do in today’s rush-everywhere communities. We all talk about it and try to simplify, but the pace of our days is out of our control; ingrained our modern-world DNA… Or is it? I think it is possible to alter that pace. Travel School is the basis for how our family…

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…

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…

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…

“We Dream of Oysters”

Hurrah! The book has arrived and ready for all you poetry lovers out there…  *If you requested a copy reserved for you, I have it. Please use the link below and give me your mailing details. Composing this little book has been a lot of fun and an experience I will treasure forever.  I would…

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…

Why Field Trips Rule and How We Maintain Balance

Travel-School is all about field trips. We love being on the move – seeing and learning new things is right in our family wheel-house. When planning our school year, we start with a healthy, working list of trips we want to take with the kids. At year’s end, our September wish-list never matches our May…