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Old 26-01-2015, 12:24   #16
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Re: Hope we don't throw the kids overboard..

Check out who have three kids (youngest was 4 when they left). Behan, the mom, is currently co-authoring a cruising with kids book.

Also look through the family adventure podcasts for sailing episodes, of which there are many.

Sailing papillon is another great blog with young kids.

There's also a really good facebook group called kids4sail that is full of cruising families.

Both of the above sources talk a lot about home schooling and unschooling.

I think many parents lean towards the unschooling end of things. This works great on a boat for marine biology, geography, history, English, and basic math. However, I believe you need to have some level of structure for more advanced math and some of the other sciences.

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Old 26-01-2015, 12:49   #17
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Re: Hope we don't throw the kids overboard..

Having been one of those kids, I can say that it is the best thing for kids. When we were cruising, we met many different sailing families, with children from new born on the voyage to early adults and it seemed to be the best of all lifestyles for bringing up a well educated, self confident, well adjusted child. The best thing you can do for their education is engage them with the practical aspects of celestial navigation, tide prediction, local sunrise/sunset etc... basically all things to do with the vessel and getting the vessel from point "A" to point "B", and not just how to operate the chart plotter. Also the interaction with different cultures at a young age is priceless and will help the youngsters to see things from a different perspective. Of course you are surrounded by the natural world which can teach all kinds of lessons. I had graduated by the time we got back to land, but my Sister was 2 grades ahead of where she would have been for her age, if she had a "normal" life ashore. We were lucky we had a sailing dinghy, and the first thing we did arriving at a new place was take the dink out and sail around to the other vessels in the anchorage to say hi and interact with other young folks. And let's not forget the snorkeling, diving, and foraging. As far as I am concerned it is a wonderful way to raise children.

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