Five Ways Worldschooling Works in the Real World
Published June 22nd, 2017 7:00 am by Connie Brown
The topic of worldschooling appeared in a BBC article by Dave Seminara. The report covers the lives of several homeschooling families who make world travel their lifestyle and the basis for their children’s education.
When our family moved to Australia no one had heard the word “worldschooling”, yet, that is exactly what we were doing. As part of an expat assignment, we left our home and family in America and flew to new adventures in Australia.
Having experienced worldschooling firsthand, here are five ways homeschoolers benefit from learning on the road:
1 Real Life is Learning
If you experienced traditional schooling, you may remember being on a fieldtrip and wondering why sitting in a classroom took up so much time when participating in the real world taught you so much more. As Thomas Edison is credited with saying, “Knowledge without application is meaningless.”
2 Learning with Real-World Experiences
Shopping at independent market stalls, rather than a supermarket, creates an appreciation for fresh vegetables, beautiful pastries and the proud butcher’s own fresh sausage recipe. When travelling from America to Europe or Australia you’ll be converting from pounds to kilograms, quarts to liters and Fahrenheit to Celsius, which is learning the metric system in real life.
3 Access Extraordinary Teachers
In a new environment, unusual teaching opportunities appear because you’re looking for them. We found an Olympic equestrian rider offering dressage lessons at her farm, a retired master welder teaching welding classes in his workshop (I still have the lovely magazine stand) and a local university giving acting lessons by a rising TV star.
4 Sitting on History
Visiting the historical locations you’ve just read about is wonderful! In Australia, we studied Matthew Flinders’ discovery of Botany Bay. The landing site is a commemorative park on the tip of a beautiful peninsula near Sydney that very few local people seemed to know about. We ate our picnic lunch sitting on history.
5 Worldschooling Means Making New Friends
There are many ways to make new friends on your travels. Join a homeschooling group for fieldtrips, find local events and activities or meet your new neighbors. Take advantage of the opportunities available and you will be surprised at the interesting people you meet.
Whether you dream of living abroad or simply want to travel when the mood strikes you, homeschoolers benefit from diving into new cultures and the lessons stay with you for years to come. After all, Life’s A Fieldtrip!
Read the original article which inspired this post, “Would You Teach Your Kids on the Road?” by Dave Seminara at http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20161108-would-you-teach-your-kids-on-the-road.