Home schooling

Busy Kids, Happy Kids: Part 1

In this series of excerpts from my book, Cruising the Caribbean with Kids, I’ll share ideas for keeping sailing kids busy, happy, and tuned in to their surroundings. Part 1 (on keepig kids involved in boat operations) here!

Planning a Field Trip

An excerpt from Cruising the Caribbean with Kids, with tips on designing fun and educational field trips - tips that can applied anywhere in the world by inquisitve families on the go. Continue reading…

Resources for Home Schooling Sailors

You might be surprised how many families are out there cruising, home schooling, and enjoying the richness of a life outside the fast lane. In this post, I’ll point you to them: the experts in the field. Each takes a different approach, and who knows? They might just inspire you with some new ideas or approaches, whether you’re out there cruising as a family right now or still planning your Great Escape. Continue reading…

Cruising the Caribbean with Kids goes to press!

Hooray! Another new title goes live! CRUISING THE CARIBBEAN WITH KIDS is available on Amazon today, and PACIFIC CROSSING NOTES is about to add a paperback edition to the eBook already on sale. Whew! Two more ticks off the list! Now I can get back to work on that novel.. Continue reading…

Six Tips for Homeschooling Sailors

Taking your children’s education to sea is not always simple, but neither is it a deeply complicated mystery. With careful decision-making and sensible preparations – just what you need for going cruising in general – you can let your children profit from an incredible learning opportunity. Continue reading…

Home-Schooling: What About Social Skills?

There seems to be a common myth that sailing children are too isolated to develop healthy social skills. I worried about it, too, before setting off for our first sailing adventure. But now that we’ve sailed halfway around the world and lived aboard our 35 foot sloop for four years, I can assure you that the family adventure of a lifetime awaits… Continue reading…

Motivation, Part 1: It's all in the packaging

Remember that old trick to quiet kids down? Let’s see who can be quiet for the longest time! It worked as long as the kids thought it was a game. Something special. Different. Fun. The same trick can be applied to schooling – just try a photo essay.
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Clear expectations

In my last post, I wrote about the power of self-assessment, in which a student uses a grading scheme to award him or herself a grade rather than simply receiving a grade from an outside authority. The logical follow-up is the topic of setting clear expectations for what type of work will earn a good grade. Continue reading …

The power of self-assessment

Self-assessment is a powerful learning tool, as I was just reminded when going over a writing assignment with my fourth grade son. Self-assessment means that the student uses a detailed rubric to grade his own work.
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Comparing apples and oranges?

I’ve been asked to use my experience as a teacher to compare children who have hands-on home schooling experiences with “regular” kids. Are they so different? Do they have special qualities? The answers are framed in the context of sailing children, but apply equally to children from any non-traditional educational settings.
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