Friday, July 24, 2015

World-schooling an exemplary life

This week we are spotlighting a family who are world-schooling their children by living at the moment on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Originally from a Middle European country, their inspiration to start traveling began with their children 7 years ago. They felt a desire to show them the world; how big it is, and how much is possible. Beyond their own children they feel a responsibility for the world. They strive to live an exemplary life by not smoking, drinking alcohol or using medicine. They are also environmentalists who recycle, are vegetarian and live a low-cost life. Modeling this wherever they live in the world is important to them. They have faith that they world can improve, and want to provide an example of how that can be accomplished.

They have a 2 year old son, a 6-year-old daughter and an almost 8-year-old son. The children are naturally curious about new things, and have become accustomed to adapting to new environments. They say that the most important element to traveling as a family is that the children trust them and have confidence in their decisions, because the children know that their own happiness is important to their parents. As a result, they have fun everywhere!

The family stays in one location for a year so that they have time to explore their surroundings and experience the local culture. They do not have an easy lifestyle and there are a lot of uncertainties. However,  they draw strength from their faith that they can contribute to making the world a better place. They find that if they are stable, then the children are stable too. 

For them, homeschooling while traveling is accomplished through the richness of their environment, as well as from their books and toys. They can use their tablets to access the internet and learn anything they want to know. Their philosophy is that life is experience and experience is learning, so they are always learning!

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