Homeschooling in the Bahamas…
July 23rd, 2009 by Kate

One of the most common questions we get when we tell anyone that we are traveling around the world with kids is “what are you doing about school?”  After lots of reseach and soulsearching, and taking into consideration where the girls are in school, what year they’ll be missing, their learning styles, our parenting styles, our travel schedule, and our collective self disipline, we’ve decided on taking with us formal math curriculum, and the rest of their lessons being “the school of the world”. 

In other words, we are making it up as we go along – learning about cool stuff that seems relevent at the time, wherever we are.  For example, our “homeschooling” in the Bahamas so far has consisted of:

  • Reading Discovering the Caribbean – The Bahamas, a 68-page children’s text book on the history, environment, economy, people, religion, festivals, islands, and general culture of the country.  (Tessa and Phoebe)
  • Reading Twenty-thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Tessa)
  • Saxon Math – Lessons 1-5 (Phoebe)
  • Principles of sailing including sailing techniques and terms, knot tying, sail racing, parts of a boat, water safety and how to capsize annoying boys without getting wet (Tessa)
  • Ocean currents, and specifically the Gulf Stream (Tessa)
  • Nautical measurements (Tessa & Phoebe)
  • This history of Pirates, Privateers, and Wreckers in the Caribbean. (Phoebe)
  • Tropical ocean habitats- reefs, sandy beds, grassy beds, deep water (Tessa & Phoebe)
  • Native plant and animal identification (Tessa & Phoebe)
  • Cardinal directions (Phoebe)
  • Latitude & Longitude (Tessa)
  • Ocean tides (Tessa & Phoebe)

Other important things they’ve learned in the Bahamas:

  • How to tell if a conch is a “keeper”
  • How to get back into an ocean kayak with tipping all your sand dollars back into the ocean
  • Which tide is better for shelling – low or high
  • Which way the storms are heading based on the direction the rain falling in the distance
  • How to make a wasp-on-stick and impress all the boys
  • How to shuffle your feet on the sandy bottoms so you don’t step on stingrays
  • How to Skype with your friends back home so we don’t seem so far away!

3 Responses  
mmichele writes:
July 25th, 2009 at 8:27 pm


We just came back from perhaps half way around the world in about 5 months… your trip sounds amazing… and we did exactly what you did, school-wise. Math from the school board and the rest was as it came to us. It was wonderful. After one month home I am feeling the urge to go somewhere again and I wanted to wish you well!

Theresa Sanchez writes:
August 3rd, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Kate, you are doing such a great job with the girls. Look forward to more posts and pics. . . Take it all in and have the time of your lives.

Eileen writes:
August 4th, 2009 at 6:21 am

I want to know which tide is better for shelling! Just returned from San Diego and there were hardly any shells…We have been doing this for 35 years and never saw a year like this. Maybe we were hitting the wrong tides! Have a wonderful adventure. Look forward to following you!

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