World-Schooling: Things My Girls Have Learned Traveling

For us, home schooling is an exciting adventure, it is a journey, not a chore. Geography, culture, history, language we did via world schooling. It’s a relatively new term and difficult to define. To us, world schooling is learning while being out in the world, a form of unschooling, mixed with self-schooling, and travel.

In 2012 we took our girls around the world, visiting over 30 countries and that is when we began to better understand the concept of world schooling.

Here is a bit of fun, educational moments:

World Schooling - but our home country is not on the map

World Schooling – but our home country is not on the map. We are actually quite used to this. However in this case it is okay, as this historical snap shot of time projected on the map took place before New Zealand had been charted. It sits with Spanish exploration boats in Santander


Around our family, world schooling  is also about having fun learning as a family, together.

Subsurface Fiji

The girls got their PADI Open Water Dive certifications from Subsurface Fiji 

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Learning to Ski Jump in Colorado

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Learning to tap a rubber tree in Malaysia

making a silk blanket - world schooling in China

Learning how to get silk from silk worms, process it and finally make a silk blanket in China.

The bar in Business class bar on Emirates A380

Learning to tend bar on the Emirates flight. Not really, but we were given a tour of the upper level of the A380 whilst the other passengers were asleep. There really is a bar up in business class, and a shower in first class. Too bad we had to come back down after the tour and sit in our coach seat for the remainder of the flight.

Learning about other cultures

Learning about other cultures in Dubai in at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

We are trying something new this year.  After a dozen or so years of home education, our teens are enrolled in school for their first time.

World schooling works for us, would it work for you?

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  1. Denise says

    In my experience having kids in school is much harder work, and more time consuming than homeschooling…and I’ve done both also. At home we can set our own schedule. My kids can learn when they are sick. I don’t have to figure out what the teacher is trying to teach and then reteach it because they didn’t understand it at school. We can choose our friends. We can choose our subjects: How cool is that. We can go on field trips whenever we want to. We can go out for breakfast together, and frequently do. We can stay up late on a school day watching movies. We can sleep late. Our lives are inspired by learning and not ruled by it. We are free to set our own schedule and can travel.

  2. says

    My concerns about home schooling have always been about the special talents that thirteen years of different teachers bring to a child’s education. Through the multitude of teachers that my kids have had, they’ve picked up different skills. For example, Mrs. T knew how to build confidence through a tough love approach, Mrs. S made high demands that readied kids for the next grade, where Mrs. R had a talent for getting handwriting under control. I could never offer the science experiences from Mrs. M or the creative math from Mrs. W. Although Mr. S was a horrible teacher who stressed my daughter out, she has now had the experience of working for a bad boss and survived. I could go on and on and on.

  3. says

    Home schooling gives the kids so much more. If we’d had kids, I don’t think I could’ve done it, but I wouldn’t have sent my kids to a public school, that’s for sure.

  4. Mia says

    School moms are the best! Homeschooling might be fun as well, but unfortunately we cannot manage to be at home or work from home…

  5. Mike says

    I’m curious how the girls are doing with the schooling now. But the post and the point is excellent. I hope your girls realize how unique their upbringing is.

  6. says

    the thing is, you had the broad, mind expanding idea that getting out and doing is learning. bravo! average home schoolers have a classroom in their house and teach their kids from books as if they are at school…(thinks the go to school mom!)

    you have not only educated your girls, but you have given them perspective, appreciation, and invaluable life lessons! i am jealous!!

  7. says

    Hi Rhonda .. amazing places and things you learnt about or to do .. the kids must know so much about the world and all will fall into place in due course … lucky albom family .. great photos ..

    Happy Mother’s Day for all celebrating tomorrow ….. cheers Hilary

  8. says

    Good post Rhonda your quite a woman and very patient, love the photos too 😉

    Have a pleasant Sunday ..I’m a bit late…thanks for the mentions your a gem ..what are ya?

  9. says

    Ah, this is a good post. I haven’t ever home schooled, but I am not adverse to it. Having the kids in school, it does seem like there’s always a lot to do (activities, sports, volunteering, etc.). I am happy summer is almost here. 🙂

  10. says

    You’ve done an amazing job with your girls! It’s wonderful that they have experienced so much with the world as their classroom.

  11. says

    I am with you on this. I have done both, and by far the most work was done when my daughter was in public high school. I was never so glad to see the end of a school year in my life as I was her senior year!

    I love the photos of all your travels. We didn’t go that far or wide, but Elizabeth did travel to Israel, Rome, Brazil (Sao Paulo and some other smaller villages with a foreign exchange student we hosted), and El Salvador with Teen Mania. Ryan went to Washington DC, and with Scouts boundary waters, Philmont, and Yellowstone. Locally we did a LOT of activities and were very involved with an active support group. Despite all that, I still say sending your kids off to school is more work!

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