Thursday, May 31, 2012

Home-schooling whilst you travel overseas

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Blog or part of your web site
A child’s own blog is a great teaching tool – set up before you leave.
You must do this as a parent.  
My son types it up on the computer as a word document.
We then correct spelling.
It helps him with English grammar, sentence forming, free writing, and computer skills.
Once corrected I upload.
A blog link will be available soon.
There are many safe kids blogs if you want to leave him to it.
We stayed with linking both of ours up with me as 100% oversight as I felt he was too young to have his own.
Just Google kids blogging.
Also look at

Laptop computer or ipad
Your child should have their own, as you will both work on them at the same time.

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3" Laptop - MC700X/A (May, 2011) - In Brand New Condition

Talk to your child’s school
You need to have a meeting or two with both Principal and Teacher - as soon as you have decided to leave. 
A good school will work with you re your child’s education.
In SA you need permission by the government to take a child out of school. 
I had two meetings with my child’s teacher, and the special learning unit. 
They gave me tips daily timing with schooling him, taking time to have vacation breaks like in normal school, and involving the school so his class buddies and school can use our trip as a learning tool, and link him back to his friends. 

Schools of the World : introduction & Photo gallery about the nicest School web sites

I also contacted a school overseas with the same name as our school, so we could link the two schools as sister schools too.
They are happy to receive him and we can’t wait for that part of the journey.

I contacted a couple of English-speaking overseas schools (once I had arranged accommodation).
My child can attend either a few days, or a week as a visiting student. 

This gives you a breather to catch up on things, or go shopping child-free, whilst they are in school there.  Or to do your own work.

Make sure you check out the safety of the school before you leave your child.  

If it doesn’t feel right, you as a parent stay, or bring a book and sit under a tree whilst he is in there. 
Though we found it is a great way for him to learn the culture & language, make new friends etc.
Here he is showing his class in Fiji what his school looks like.  He was only 5 on this trip.
I stayed in the class, and we taught songs, and shared culture.  It was a fabulous highlight of that week.

Talking to other parents who home-school
I talked and emailed many parents before we left, who home-schooled, and learnt valuable tools. 
Thanks especially to Carina and Triana.
I also looked up may sites on the web

Australian Homeschooling Curriculum

Buying books before you go
I also bought learning books on Maths, Writing and English and several readers from op shops and when on sale. 
I had these tucked away for the trip. 
Buy slightly more advanced from where your child is at currently, if purchasing in advance, as you will be amazed once they start reading how quickly they progress.  

Home-schooling web-sites
there are a myriad of sites - just Google homeschooling
A great site for used home-schooling books to purchase is

When travelling in English-speaking countries, stock up on books (including readers) as they are hard to find especially for children in countries where English is not the primary language. 

We then donate to the school libraries in 3rd world countries once finished.

Books to help the home-schooling parent
There are many great books and web-sites to aid both parent and child.
Here is one great book I recommend.

Visiting schools for cultural exchange
Overseas visits to schools, even just for an hour or two teaches your child culture and awareness.
Here is a school in Guatemala made from bottles !
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