When I think about the boys’ education while we are gone I think of this: Nothing teaches you more than exploring the world and accumulating experiences. With that being said, we’re trying our best to provide plenty of structure with assignments and projects from the boys’ school!
When planning the trip, we felt like the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Jackson’s going to be in the 5th grade next year, his last year of elementary school, and I know when he gets to middle school his schedule, sports activities and homework will be even crazier than it is now. It was literally now or never!
Westminster School, where Jackson and Walker attend, has been so unbelievably excited and accommodating for us as we outlined where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. We met with the boys’ future teachers and directors monthly over the last year to discuss how the homeschool aspect would work with their curriculum. Their school has made the task of homeschooling abroad so much easier than I would have ever thought it would be.
So what have the boys been busy with?
It’s been amazing to see what can be done online these days! The school put together a fantastic plan to email us the boys’ curriculum and assignments every Friday. In addition to this schoolwork, Jackson and Walker have a set time to Skype with their teachers and classes once a week. We love that the boys are able to do the same projects their classmates are working on, and it’s so fun to see the different twists and perspectives they add to their assignments by pulling inspiration from the countries and cities we’re visiting.
It’s only one semester… surely I won’t screw it up too bad! *nervous laughter*