Word Education – 1

23 Jul

WORLD EDUCATION – 1

When announcing that my family & I are going to travel the world for a year, the number one question people ask me is: What about the education of the boys?  Will you be homeschooling them? While it is somewhat obvious to me that travel is an amazing form of education, I have since learned that some do not seem to agree.  For example, my good friend Frédérique in the Netherlands has told me that she cannot take her kids out of school for 1 day without getting a hefty fine, and parents in Germany that want to travel or believe that homeschooling is the way to go for their little ones, better set-up shop somewhere else, as the state does not allow it.

So I feel very thankful for living in Canada, a country that understands that gathering knowledge and learning is accomplished in many different ways – and where we have received only encouragement from our children’s school to take them on this wonderful trip to go learn outside the classroom doors.  Nowadays, the school curriculum can be found on-line and books are used infrequently: teachers use on-line resources, many of which I have been able to find – to prepare me for my new job of homeschooling, travelling mom!

That being said, Anthony and I value “education” –aka expanding horizons, learning new things and gathering new knowledge  – so we used Anthony’s extensive network of contacts to line up a few cool things to keep the kids learning and sharing in different ways, while on the road.

ROM KIDS:  The Royal Ontario Museum  (ROM)– http://www.rom.on.ca/en

  • one of Canada’s most prestigious cultural institutions has offered the boys the opportunity to share pictures and stories, which will be pushed out and shared with children all over Canada via the ROM Kids children’s social media sites.

And thanks to our friend Sonia Boisvert, the boys will also be sharing their world travel experiences “en Francais” while doing a French blog for the CBC – Radio Canada (The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) – http://www.radio-canada.ca To kick off this experience, CBC Broadcasters came to the boys’ school, on their last day, to interview them about their upcoming journey. What a thrill for Emile & Filou – who enthusiastically shared their feelings about their upcoming trip and subsequently became the  “superstars” of their class that day.

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And last but certainly not least, we are thankful to Dorothy Blake for connecting us to a Tech International Charter School www.ticharter.org in the Bronx, New York. This forward-thinking institution uses technology to provide children with a “world education” through the active use of skype, email and social media.  By pairing students with peers in Canada, India, France etc. this US based, Charter School facilitates cross border learning, using a medium kids love!  So Emile, will be a “roving reporter” and provide children in this school with travel updates, using various technology.  To set the stage for this learning opportunity, Emile skyped with two of the school’s very bright, well-travelled and interested students who can’t wait to hear where Emile & his family are headed next.

So in both English & French- Emile & Filou will share their cultural, environmental, geographical, religious and language learnings with friends and peers around the globe – by writing, researching, video blogging, photography and social media.

Seems like a great education to me!

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3 Responses to “Word Education – 1”

  1. Anthony July 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    A great education indeed.

  2. Dorothy Blake July 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Congratulations as you all take this giant leap–each day a vibrant lesson with the world as your classroom.

  3. rosariet July 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Thanks Dorothy – we are very excited to be intimately involved in the world education of our boys this year – and very thankful to you for connecting us to the Charter School!

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