Sunday, 27 May 2012

It's different this time

The last time Eric and I did a big trip we had our trusty guidebooks and did sporadic stops at Internet cafes to keep family and friends connected. we would send lengthy emails and eagerly await email responses. We sent our rolls of film home to keep safe and found out how our pictures turned out weeks after our travels were over. That was in 2000! Our previous trip to that we used American Express travellers service to collect our mail and our trusty guide book was well worn with notes in the margins and communication home was through pay phones will collect call. That was in 1995! So, as I learn how to blog and attempt twitter and come to realization that maybe we don't buy that trusty guidebook after all- this trip is going to be soooo different! I'm feeling anxious just thinking about how I'm going to manage all the hundreds and thousands of photos. Eric and I are old school travellers and so I'm realizing that the foray into the digital travel will also be a bit of an adventure for us. And of course this kind of travel will be what Sean and Liam will only know.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Test run

A day trip to Rockwood Conservation area - not one "are we there yet?"- that's a good sign right? Though it was only an hour drive north! But it felt so good to hit the road and adventure just a little.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

World Schooling!

Just an update.. after my blog earlier today, I got on the internet to see what I could find and what a jack pot! I found a whole series of family travel blogs (  and many that talked about the educating part.. it's called World Schooling! I love it..and I love the shared learning of these types of blogs.

"home schooling" - but not really

We've been telling people we will  be "home schooling" the kids when we are away, but really we won't be "schooling" them and we won't be at "home".  And this is the part of the "big trip" that is absolute new terrain for Eric and I.  We've traveled before, we've planned big trips before, we're up for all of that and feel pretty confident we'll adapt to most of the "traveling" parts of the trip.. but fitting in the "educating" the kids in a formal sense is the intimidating part. The whole trip will, of course, be an education, learning experience, growth experience etc... very aware and tuned in to the incredible gifts traveling, this trip, will give for the kids. It's the fitting in the traditional reading, writing, arithmetic into a not so traditional year.. that is the part that I am trying to reconcile and sort out.

We do have some ideas and have very helpful tips, advice and resources offered by friends and family who are teachers and there are tonnes of internet based resources, and even found an on-line program that covers the Ontario elementary school programming! ( So, we should be in good standing.. but I'm still pondering how this intentional learning will mesh with the open, free discovery learning that is inherent in the trip. I just hope we find a way for it to mesh and not mess!