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…

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…

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…

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…

Choosing a Fall Curriculum

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.  – Pelé We have about two weeks left in our 6th-8th grade school years, so you can imagine the intensity in our home. I remember school winding down (in…

You are What you Read II

One’s reading list is a direct window into the values, slant and intellect of a person, which is why “what are you reading now?” is a wonderful and curious ice-breaking question. What are you reading now? Reading books of all types remains an all-consuming pastime for our family. We devour books individually, but travel-schooling has allowed…

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…

Solving the CUBE

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Oliver has surprised us this year by putting in an enormous amount of his free time teaching himself the Rubik’s (and other) cubes. Today, he is competing at the Daytona, Florida ERAU Speedcubing competition. For his first event, Oliver will compete in the 2x2x2, the 3x3x3 and the Pyraminx categories.  This particular event…