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Homeshooling, Unschooling, Worldschooling, Online High School, why so many schooling labels?
What she could have finished in six months took her almost a year and a half. It was hell, for her, for me, for everyone. She just wanted to go back to her old school, be with her friends and her cousins. Relocating a teenager turned out to be really freaking difficult and hard on her as well as us. She lived at night talking to her friends back home who were 12 hours behind her.
In between all these failed attempts at Online High Schooling, her little brother wandered around Luang Prabang and Bangkok with his dad. I was extremely pregnant and then nursing a newborn.
I had a hard time convincing her to do the work, she herself had a hard time doing the work. We had a hard time all around. She managed to survive Luang Prabang and then Bangkok, but then Phuket was too much and she needed to go back home to what she knew and what was comfortable for her.
I didn´t fight it too much, and now she´s back in her school with her same group of friends since the 1st grade, living with my parents and my sisters and she couldn´t be better. Neither Online Schooling, nor Homeschooling worked for her. Unschooling; I couldn’t even start to imagine, she needed her group of friends to thrive. And that is what she is doing now.
At that point I decided to Homeschool him along with his little sister, Small Kiddo. We did pretty well for a few months. They really got into it and the activities. We decide take do a theme-based approach and of course the first theme was volcanoes! We went through a few themes but then it got harder to keep up.
So after Homeschooling and then Unschooling, I´ve come to the conclusion that if I have to label our way of schooling the kids, then it would have to be Worldschooling. Learning with the world, and through the way they experience it.Contact with people and culture, constant moving around, immersion in a different language and the customs of the place they are in at that time. All these aspects of an expat and traveling lifestyle will always do wonders for them.
I did not enroll the kids in the preschool thinking “this is the first day of the rest of their lives”, I see it as a passing experience. Maybe a year, maybe two; in the meantime they will keep traveling and exploring as much as possible.
I have art projects to do with them as well and it should all fit quite well I hope. When we leave Bali for the next adventure we might not enroll them anywhere and do the schooling ourselves again.