Homeschooling for Academic Reasons - Our Travel Log
"Hittin' the Road" gives resources and ideas on how to take your homeschool on the road.
"Our Travels" documents some of the places we've traveled and also how they enhanced our studies.
"Armchair Tourist" is a collection of great reading and other resources for when you just can't get there in person.
Our Travel Log The link to our blog spot, also our essays and other writings about homeschooling on the road.

How you feelin? "Irie!"

All the miles and all the smiles. Sounds like a Buffett tune, heck it might be. When we travel, I try to keep a journal. From this journal I'll write an essay or a story. I am much better at photographing our travels. I have found that even though I put the locations and dates on the backs of the thousands of images I have captured, as I get older my memory fails and the notes I keep when we travel are now becoming more and more treasured. What you'll find here are the notes I have kept while we homeschool on the road. (One of these days I'll get the images into this log.) Hopefully they'll inspire you to take your homeschool on the road!


 

 

Add Travel To Your Curriculum
                    (Guatemala, Central America, 1999)..........Read Log Entry

LOG: One of things homeschoolers can do with ease is to add travel to school schedules. At the beginning of the year I look at what sort of topics we plan to explore during the school year, and then my student and I plan our “field trips”. We’ve used field trips for Art, World Culture, Foreign language, Science, Engineering, Geography and History.

One of the best field trips we’ve added to our curriculum was an excursion to Guatemala, Central America.
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Fossils - Utah Style
                    (Vernal, Utah USA - October 2001)............Read Log Entry

LOG: We took our first field trip this year to Vernal, Utah to visit Dinosaur National Monument’s Dinosaur Quarry and Dinosaur National Monument. The Dinosaur Quarry is very interesting. It houses a formation that looks like a wave of fossils.

Snow Birds Like to Study Coral in the Winter
                    ( Key West Florida, USA - December, 2001).......Read Log Entry

LOG: One of things home schoolers can do with ease is to add travel to our school schedules. At the beginning of the year I look at what sort of topics we plan to explore during the school year, and then my student and I plan our field trips.

One of the subjects we have studied, in December and January in the past is coral reefs. Coral reefs in themselves can be fascinating, but think of the possibilities as far as travel goes! We have one of the best reefs in the world to study right here in the United States. The Florida Keys can be studied for one or two days or for an entire week (that depends on the level of snow in your area!) Our agenda included a glass bottom boat ride to view reef life, a dolphin encounter, a sunset and sunrise walk at the shore (there are no beaches, as it is all reef in the Florida keys).

Snow Birds Like to Study Coral in the Winter II
                    (
Belize, Central America - February 2002)

    It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity
                    (Memphis, Tennessee USA- June 2003)........Read Log Entry

LOG: Memphis Tennessee in June. It’s not the heat that gets you , it’s the humidity. You walk into the parking lot loaded with buses that announce they are from Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, Huffman Baptist Church- Birmingham Alabama, First Baptist Church - Madison Mississippi and Baptist Missionary Association - Picayune Mississippi. You quickly notice that you are the only white person present with the exception of your 11 year old companion and 2 others you notice from a far. You realize that the next part of your journey will be about the color of your skin. You see the 1950’s style motel, the name “Lorraine Motel” and remember this was the place that the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated...

A Little Bit About Irie
                    (West Indies, Caribbean 2004).....Read Log Entry

LOG: How do you describe the Caribbean to someone who hasn't experienced it? That's what I tried to do with my student. You can't describe it - well not really. The pictures you'll see on these pages will not color the sea the right shades of blue, will not allow you to feel the salt air, will not allow you to know the culture of the Caribbean. You'll have to go there to enjoy that! These web pages are intended to introduce you to 12 beautiful islands in the Caribbean. The photographs on these pages will allow you to preview some of the sites and people you'll find in the West Indies. These pages will also introduce you to some of the "pirates" you may find there sailing on Windjammer ships.

I'm Pretty Sure It's Not Poison Ivy
                    (Cabbage Key Florida, USA February 2005)....Read Log Entry

LOG: DAY 1 & 2
The whole point of Cabbage Key was to study Botany and do nothing. That’s what we did for seven days. Cabbage Key is directly across from marker 60 on the Florida Intercoastal Waterway. That’s due west form Pine Island, Florida, USA. . Sanibel and Captiva islands are 8 miles to the south. The high point of this morning so far was watching Chip the dockmaster at Cabbage Key replace the Channel Mark signs stolen away by hurricane Charley. This high point however was soon replaced by our sighting a lone dolphin scoot by the dock.

We debated if reading "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway is considered doing nothing. But we decided reading was an activity, especially when it’s Hemingway, so we went back to watching the dolphins and the Osprey. My student was learning that it was very difficult to do nothing....

Travels with Daphne
                    (Cross Country Adventure in photos, June 2004)


Our Blog: Travelin' With The Kid

Entries:

Top Ten Paddler Tips
               
(Algonquin Provincial Park - Ontario, Canada - August 2005).........Read Blog Entry

Beef Jerky, Hells Bay and the River of Grass
                  
(Everglades National Park- Florida, USA - February 2006).........Read Blog Entry

What I Did on My Summer Vacation
                     
(Kayaking in Ohio and Kentucky, USA - Summer 2006)........Read Blog Entry

It's Good to Be Sunburnt and Greek
                     
(Sarasota, Florida USA February 2007)......Read Blog Entry

Windjammer Ships and Pirate Adventures: St. Maarten
                       
(French West Indies, Caribbean - February 2007) .................Read Blog Entry

Windjammer Ships and Pirate Adventures: St. Barts
                       
(French West Indies - February 2007)...............Read Blog Entry

Windjammer Ships and Pirate Adventures: Nevis
                       
(French West Indies, Caribbean - February 2007) ........Read Blog Entry

Windjammer Ships and Pirate Adventures: Statia
                       
(French West Indies, Caribbean - February 2007)............Read Blog Entry

Windjammer Ships and Pirate Adventures: Anguilla
                       
(French West Indies, Caribbean - February 2007)............Read Blog Entry

Not Back to School: September 2007
                       
(Outer Banks, North Carolina - September 2007)............Read Blog Entry

Travelin' With The Kid in 2008
                       
(Dutch West Indies, Caribbean -- A letter from Friends)........Read Blog Entry

The Caine Mutiny and Other Snowbird Pursuits - The Wakulla Kid
                       
(South West Florida, USA -- 2008).......................Read Blog Entry

The Caine Mutiny and Other Snowbird Pursuits - The Venice Beach Mooch
                       (South West Florida, USA -- 2008).......................Read Blog Entry

The Caine Mutiny and Other Snowbird Pursuits - Florida 2008
                       
(South West Florida, USA -- 2008).......................Read Blog Entry


Our "To-Do" List

Places where I want to travel and write about (short list): Italy, Budapest & Prague, Quebec City, Price Edwards Island, Machu Picchu, Central and South Africa, Nepal, Australia, Sailing - anywhere.

Places where my student wants to travel and write about: London, Venice, Paris, Geneva.

 



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