Worldschooling: educating as we travelOur worldschooling has definitely evolved. We’ve been travelling for almost 2 years now and through a lot of trial and error, we’ve found the ways that do and don’t work for us as a family. The most important thing I would say to anyone who is reading this is that your family is unique and the way you educate your kid will likely be different.
We wrote an article about how other families wordschool.
What is worldschooling?
In case you are wondering what worldschooling is I will try my best to sum it up. Some people see worldschooling as a philosophy and a way of learning. The way we talk about worldschooling is more focused on our lifestyle of long term travel. Essentially we are traveling homeschoolers. We educate our daughter as we travel without a traditional “school” or “building”. Worldschooling is different for everyone so please don’t assume the way we do it is the only way!
Our worldschooling journey so far
We started off by closely following the British curriculum. Roobs’s old school gave us access to a few years of the national curriculum and we received updates from the year group about what they were doing. For the first month, we attempted to replicate school in our own home.
It didn’t exactly go well.
There was a lot of pushback from Roobs and she struggled to understand why she had to do so much book work and other “boring school stuff” when we were travelling. I was essentially trying to replicate the school environment at home.
Then we tried deschooling in an attempt to begin unschooling. However, we discovered that we are just not wired in the right way to unschool. I know lots of families who find unschooling to be absolutely amazing for their kids – but for our family, we just couldn’t relax enough to actually unschool properly.
We seem to have found our groove. We have workbooks for subjects that we consider to be core – namely Maths and English. Also, Roobs has private online classes with a maths tutor who we met in Japan. She really enjoyed her face to face classes with him as he teaches her in a really engaging way and he was happy to continue teaching her as we travel.
We do different projects depending on where we are. For example, Roobs did a project on aboriginal culture in Australia and one on Japanese food in Japan. When we were housesitting we had to look after 6 chickens, so she decided to learn all about our feathered friends.
We tend to give her a lot of freedom in what she wants to learn outside of the core subjects and have found that she really enjoys being creative and learning from what’s around us.
A key part of our worldschooling is joining in different activities and workshops as we travel. We travel slowly so that this is possible. As it’s such an important part of her learning we keep a budget just for activities and classes. We have found that by joining these classes Roobs is able to make friends with kids of a similar age as well as learn new things which we would have struggled to teach her ourselves.
For example, in Hong Kong, she went to gymnastics classes and piano classes. In Athens, she went to a cooking school and a lego robotics club. In Brisbane, we joined the local homeschool groups outings to the Science Museum and to park playdates.
We have also found various independent schools which allow her to join part-time – we are in Hoi An now and she is going to Clover’s Farm school and really loving it.
She also really enjoyed her time at Kids Yoga Garden in Chiang Mai.
We do spend time and money on these things because they are important to us but like I said, every family is different and approaches worldschooling in different ways.
To learn a little bit more about how we worldschool you can watch our YouTube interview.
We love the creativity and freedom of worldschooling. How do you guys do it?