One month into boatschooling and……

We’ve definitely had our ups and downs since starting in earnest to boatschool. It is a challenge to keep Hope entertained while the boys are being instructed. I am usually doing my own work for ASU while the kids are doing their work with Pat. This creates the challenge because Pat can’t be 3 people at once. Hope is not reliably napping anymore so we can’t count on that as a time to school the boys either.

We have been taking advantage of the places we are visiting to educate the kids. This means that some days we focus more on history than math. Some of our “field trips” have been on include Paul Revere’s path to warn of the RedCoats coming, the USS Constitution Museum, the African American Burial Grounds for slaves, the site of the Boston Tea Party, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the 9/11 memorial, Ulysses S. Grant’s tomb, etc. The days we are not doing “field trips” we focus on math and writing. The kids are doing weekly spelling, and writing to their new pen pals in Senegal, Africa (we met their mom who was on a work trip in Portland, Maine), and writing to their grandma (aka, Annie). We found a great used book store in Saybrook, CT and loaded up on kids books about Ellis Island, the Revolutionary War, the Vietnam Memorial, etc. to supplement their field trip learning.

In front of Paul Revere's house.
In front of Paul Revere’s house.
We sailed right up to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island!
We sailed right up to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island!
China Town!
China Town!
9/11 Memorial
9/11 Memorial

The kids do art and have free play on our sailing days. We planned on having time set aside everyday for French (duolingo) and silent reading, but that hasn’t happened everyday as our exploring days we don’t get back to the boat until late. They are still doing those things, it’s just not 7 days a week as we had planned. The kids are taking pictures with their ipads for the pen pal correspondence and we talk about what makes for a good picture. We had also planned on doing some kind of music lesson, but have found that we’re too busy to make that happen right now. When we’ve settled in the Bahamas for a few months I think this will become a reality. The boys have chosen topics to research, have learned powerpoint and have created presentations on their research (Noah is researching how to make knives and Grant is researching the Harp Seal).

I have started to try to do my work at night so I can help with Hope while the boys are doing work. She has a very short attention span so it’s been a bit more difficult than I anticipated. God bless preschool teachers! I just need to get a little more creative so Hope doesn’t know she’s learning during her lessons. We have puzzles for number recognition, letter writing practice books, apps for letter and number writing and recognition. We do crafts and encourage her to use scissors to cut shapes. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Trying to find something creative to help Hope practice her writing.
Trying to find something creative to help Hope practice her writing.

One thought on “One month into boatschooling and……”

  1. As far as recommended activities for Hope- I think you said she used to attend a Montessori school right? I was recently looking for Montessori toys for Carter and realized most of the stuff I found on Amazon could be made from things we already had on hand. I remember one of my favorite activities when I was in Montessori school was a game called “sink and float” where I had to predict whether a certain opject would sink or float and record my prediction on a chart. Maybe look for activities like that for her. Lots of sorting objects, tactile learning with things you already have on hand. My mom has a great homemade play dough recipe I could send along and there is a ton you can do with play dough. She is learning so much just in the life you are living that I wouldn’t worry about structuring every activity either! I’m following every step of your journey and I think it’s absolutely wonderful!

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