We get some mixed feedback about our choice to travel and teach Hannah on the road. I’ve spent a LOT of time worrying and a lot of time reading about what is best for her at this age and where she should be at in her abilities. She is 4 (almost 5) and many kids would be in pre-school right now. As I read about the curriculum and practices at schools I am more and more and more confident in what we are doing. I do not follow the papers I was given exactly from K12- in fact they are really just more of guideline and some fun books to read then a curriculum for now. Her education is coming mostly from our walks and talks about what she sees…and what she sees changes every month.
The people she meets are diverse and have all sorts of fun things to share with her. She was able to throw clay in Ohio, and visit with the professionals who care for the big cats and manatees at the zoo. She got to pick cotton in Mississippi. All before she is 5. I can’t wait to find new things we can show her when she is 6 and 7.
Maybe I’ll fail at some part of Hannah’s education (believe me this haunts me often) and she won’t be able to properly define why 1 is not a prime number. But she will have such a bigger view and understanding of the world then I ever did growing up. Besides, who needs to explain why 1 is not a prime number… only my brother the math teacher really cares. 🙂 I think she will be able to handle anything life throws at her and have her choice of occupations and future – and THAT is truly the point of education.
Pictures of Hannahs education