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KIDS by KRISS on 20 october 2018

HOMESCHOOLING AT LAST #homeschooling #boatlife Last year about the same period I remember perfectly explaining how our kids would soon be homeschooled on our boat through our weekly Youtube episode.
Well, at that time we hadn’t even found our boat yet and I wouldn’t have expected the homeschooling thing would be postponed for another year.

But we had other priorities really! If you’ve been following our episodes you can surely relate how little time we had on our hands last year to add our children’s tuition in the mix.
Then, when I come to think of it, I wonder sometimes if it’s not actually the other way around.
Perhaps if we had set things into motion differently… but then with ifs !

Ok, so the important thing is that we made the move for the boat and now for the homeschooling.
Until quite late last month we honestly didn’t know what we would do.
We had imagined we would put the kids back to a Spanish school for a trimester before sailing away but it didn’t work out that way I think it’s for the best.

I’ve always loved teaching even if teaching my own kids is something completely different than teaching languages to adults.
First off, they lack the maturity to comprehend what use they will make of what they’re taught, and then there is an emotional dimension that complicates things a bit.
But all in all, 1 month through, I don’t regret it.

It’s not the first time we try homeschooling, we did so when we sent to Costa Rica and Florida 3 years ago but somehow it feels more real now.
So I just want to give you my 2 cents insight if you are in a similar situation with 3 kids (including 2 teenagers) on a small sailboat.
This is the way we organise things:

We let ourselves sleep to our natural rhythm in the morning.
I sometimes work late, like 2am or even 3am and my natural clock wakes me up around 8 anyways.
Kate is more of a morning person and she would usually be up by 7.
The girls usually follow around 8.30 and if we didn’t wake Tom up I think he would sleep in until 11am.
So we wake him up (sorry Tom).
After breakfast and showers we start the homework.

I usually start the day with a little french writing for the big ones while Rose studies some french grammar.
It’s not very long, usually half an hour to 40 minutes, which allow me to work as well meanwhile.
After that, we move on to maths or physics or geography or any other topic on their official program.
2 days a week I choose another topic instead, to give you an example last week we’ve seen: latitude, longitude, GPS coordinates and nautical miles and the origin, use and economy of petrol and plastic.
It’s the part I get most involved with Tom and Amy while Kate takes care of Rose unless it’s a topic she can follow.
Otherwise Kate takes Rose to a museum or grocery shopping on these days.
We do our best to help the kids understand the meaning of what they do and I must say I often encounter reluctance at first.
Then they take an half an hour or 45 minutes break that can be free time or help cleaning or repairing the boat etc… After that we do a fun activity like guessing the lyrics of the song (we did Jolene by Miley Cyrus and a Sweet Child of Mine cover last week), or some geography (finding countries and cities on an interactive map).
In the afternoon we do some english for an hour an half approximately.
Kate goes in our cabin with Rose and watches an Halloween movie with her (they watched Tim Burton’s Corpse’s Bride today) while Tom, Amy and myself watch an episode of American Horror Story season 1.
Every scene, I pause and ask them to explain in their own words what happened.
When an important word or colloquialism arises, I pause and they jolt it down in their notebooks.
Then I ask them to write a few sentences about the episode and that’s it.

So I’ve let you in on our homeschooling routine.
What about yours? We’d be happy to share.

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