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YEEHAW!!! My ROADSCHOOLING book is available!!! #familytravel

It’s done!!! Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel is only available in paper version at this point – John will get the kindle version done as soon as he finishes rebuilding the bathroom roof. But it’s ready! I’ve been hearing great reviews from people so far, which is exciting. Please pass this on [...]

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A journey into learning – and how we can help our children learn

It was a simple box that started my latest expedition into learning something new. A simple, plain, ordinary – some might say ugly – box. But to me, that box represents a magical journey. It started in a warehouse in New York City this summer – a warehouse so full of boxes upon boxes of [...]

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Helicopter vs. Free-Range Parenting

Today’s guest poster, Brian Jones,  has attempted an honest discussion about two very different parenting approaches. Please weigh in with your thoughts – what do you think? Which approach leads to better-adjusted kids? Parenting is one of the toughest jobs in the world. After all, as a parent, you are in charge of shaping and [...]

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Education for kids: Consider all options

Consider all options. That has become our mantra when it comes to our sons’ education. There was a time, many years ago, when we fully expected that our sons would follow the standard path through school. We figured they would go through elementary, middle, and high school just like millions of other kids do. And [...]

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What’s this FIRST Robotics stuff all about?

I hear that question pretty frequently when I post about my sons and their robotics team on Facebook. Here, I will explain what it is and how it all works. First and foremost, I will say that, speaking as a teacher with 21 years in the classroom, FIRST Robotics is the most incredible educational opportunity [...]

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Roadschooling: How to improve your child’s reading skills

Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire. ~William Butler Yeats Reading. It’s essential. It’s basic to our ability to navigate our world. And if our kids aren’t reading, then we, as parents, worry. As traveling, roadschooling parents, it’s hard to know how much time to dedicate to reading [...]

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Roadschool: travel + homeschool

More and more people around the world are combining traveling and homeschooling – and calling it roadschooling. It took many years before the idea of homeschooling had become a viable option to public schools, but now that it has reached the point where people are comfortable with it they are looking for new and creative [...]

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You Can Do It Too – 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Stories: A Review

I had the honor and privilege of working with author and blogger Lorilee Lippincott on her new book: You Can Do It Too: 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Stories. The book is a series of interviews with 26 (I know it says 25 but there are really 26) families on what homeschooling really looks like [...]

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Why travel ISN’T wasted on kids

A while ago a reader pointed me in the direction of an article on MSN Travel about how travel is wasted on kids. I didn’t even have to read the article to know I seriously disagreed with the author. The author, Bibi Lynch, said, “I don’t know how to break this to you, parents, but [...]

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Ten Things Children Learn About Life While Traveling

Today’s guest post is from Shannon Entin from Road Trips for Families. She’s summed up my feelings perfectly. Kids learn many life lessons from travel. Traveling means many things to many people. Some value entertainment and night life. Some value relaxation or adventure. And some, like me, see travel as the ultimate classroom. Vacations and [...]

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8 Reasons Teaching is the Best Career if you Love Travel and Adore Life

It’s no secret that teaching has been good to me. I spent 21 years in classrooms in various countries and have had many experiences throughout my teaching career. Here, Lillie Marshall from TeachingTraveling.com explains some of the reasons becoming a teacher might be a wise career move for you if you enjoy travel. Are you [...]

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Roadschooling: The ins and outs

Will my kids learn everything they need to know? Will I be able to keep up with my children’s education on the road? Will I harm my children so they’ll never be able to live a normal life? These are questions most parents ask before setting out for long term travel. Will the travel be [...]

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I’m a cell phone holdout and proud of it

“Nancy, face it. You blew it – you shoulda had a cell phone.” I got it again today. The ol’ a-cell-phone-in-your-pocket-will-save-your-life-and-make-all-your-worries-go-away stuff. You know the drill – if you have a cell phone nothing bad will ever happen and you should never, ever leave your house without it. And frankly, I don’t buy it. When [...]

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Redefining Education: My take-away

I’ve enjoyed putting together my Redefining Education series of articles and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them. It’s been an interesting journey. There have been some articles I wanted to jump up and down and shout “READ THIS!” from the rooftops and then there were others where I was stunned and dismayed that anybody could [...]

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How to Use Parental Mentoring as a Solution for ‘Educational Reform’

I think there is a general consensus that our systems of education need improvement – whether it’s government, private or home school. There are multiple solutions for reaching this end of ‘educational reformation’, and each begins with more parental involvement. Although not the answer for every family, leadership education is one solution that can work [...]

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Wisdom: Knowledge that has been tempered by experience

 Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? –From T.S. Elliot’s The Rock I never claimed to have studied education reform. I’m just a parent of two high school aged children who, except for one year of around-the-world “road schooling,” have been in the public [...]

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