Nov 10

ROADSCHOOL…ON THE HIGH SEAS

by in Central America

Our digs at sea

Our digs at sea

A night out!

A night out!

Our first days at sea aboard the Coral Princess have been the perfect mix of adventure, fun and road-school seasoning.  The destination – a full transit through the Panama Canal with various stops along the Mexican Riviera, Central America and South America.

Dundee and Sacagawea are amazingly disciplined and determined to stay on task with our Roadschool assignments.  First order of business:  scope out those perfect spots around the ship to set up our classroom at sea.  With laptops, books and assignments, they quickly settled in to tackle math, vocab, spelling and literature.  We’ve also been pretty impressed with the ship’s offerings of lectures and other activities – an astronomer whose discussions dovetail perfectly with our work on astronomy so far this year; a tech guy offering classes on Excel, something we’ve been wanting to do; the art forums, showcasing artists among our favorites, and a local historian whose talks are a perfect supplement to the work we did on each port in preparation for the adventure.

Our classroom nook

Our classroom nook

It’s a bit of a beta test:  can we really enjoy the decadence of cruising and the adrenaline of Central America ziplining while also staying on task with math and vocab?  We’ve got many miles and adventures yet ahead, but so far so good; we’re on task and getting the work done, while still finding time for the real-life experiences that make the globe such an amazing classroom.

Who knew what this year’s roadschool adventures would bring?  Could we really do it?  Would the education stack up against a traditional classroom?  Could we handle all that togetherness?  So far, I’m finally able to breathe a cautionary sigh of relief…. early indications suggest that it’s a resounding success!

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