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On Travel and that Socialization thing

Today’s post is really only half a post – the other half can be found over at Travel Deep and Wide. Stacey-Jean Inion, the awesome mama of many who has been traveling for eight years with her tribe of nine children, has additional thoughts about the socialization issue. In short, I feel it’s something parents […]

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Roadschooling Reading

This is a sample chapter from my book Roadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. ~Emilie Buchwald Reading. It’s essential. It’s basic to our ability to navigate our world. If our kids aren’t reading, then we, as parents, worry. Way back in 1995 when […]

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roadschooling: the ultimate guide to education through travel

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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Civil War reenactment

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 our sons to take the standard route through school. We figured they would go through elementary, middle, and high school just like millions of other kids do. Maybe they’d […]

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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 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

Update: I now have a book out containing all this information and more. You can find it here: Roadschooling – The Ultimate Guide to Education Through Travel 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 […]

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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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