I’ve decided to set off on a new adventure with my youngest daughter.
Tomorrow, we’re heading out on a road trip of more than 10,000 miles.
This year, we decided to completely part ways with the school system in all forms. We decided to unschool.
I have a feeling that my 15-year-old will learn more over the course of this adventure than she would have learned in 3 years of classroom education. Plus, there are the skills she’ll learn that are becoming somewhat obsolete:
- How to navigate using a paper map
- How to figure out the amount of time it will take to get from Point A to Point B
- How to seek information about the things that strike her fancy
- How to deal with the practical aspects of travel, like making reservations, packing efficiently, and eating healthfully on the road
- How to manage a travel budget
- How to spark curiosity in others
- How to immerse yourself in local cultures
- How to stay safe in unfamiliar places
- How to find off-beat hidden treasures
- How freakin’ awesome our country really is
And for those who are more interested subjects that tie into a more formal education, we’ll be studying:
- History – what better way to learn about the things that happened in our country than to actually see where they happened and walk the same paths that others did?
- Geography – duh. Driving around the perimeter of the United States will definitely help with that!
- Cool facts about different states
- Geology – we’ll get up close and personal to many natural wonders
- Literature – my bookworm kid has already mapped the stomping grounds of famous authors – we’ll be reading their books before visiting their homes
- Math – Calculating times and distances, managing a budget – these things will be her responsibility
- Entrepreneurship – How to run a website and online business (She’s starting her own over the course of our journey)