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Stick insect picture.
By Katie I recently went to a big home schooling meeting with my mum for a few days in the Ardeche, in France.  We went there in our campervan.  We drove through the Auvergne where there are lots of volcanos and then Ardeche which is famous for chestnuts.  I didn’t […]

Stick insects


Lascaux is impressive: 20000 year old cave paintings now presented with high tech personal interactive tablets and headphones. The Lascaux caves, which give us a window into our predecessors’ palaeolithic life, are located in the Dordogne region of central France.  They have  attracted world wide attention since their discovery in 1940 by […]

A visit to the Lascaux Caves












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Ce post décrit  ce qui s’est passé a notre inspection académique annuelle, ceci est obligatoire pour vérifier les enfants qui sont éduqués  chez eux en France. Ce qui se passe le jour même semble être du hasard, mais théoriquement tous les tests ou contrôles seront similaires. Il y a également […]

L’IEF (Instruction en Famille) EN FRANCE : L’INSPECTION ANNUELLE


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This post describes what happened at our annual academic inspection, a compulsory academic check on children who are educated at home in France. Exactly what happens on the day seems to be a location lottery, but theoretically all inspections or contrôles should be similar. There is also a 2-yearly inspection […]

Home Learning in France: The annual inspection









In a nutshell: sleep and trust and doubt. I’m not sure whether to call it unschooling or worldschooling. Katie is more decisive. She thinks “unschooling” sounds a bit nothingy. She likes “worldschooling” whether you’re static or on the move because the world’s the world wherever you are. I’m not really […]

Worldschooling: Our First 5 Months





Les Kelpies
Par Katie Il y a quelques jours j’ai visité “Les Chevaux Kelpies” avec ma mère et des amis. Les Chevaux Kelpies sont situés dans le Park d’Hélix à Grangmouth en Écosse.  Cette œuvre représente deux chevaux de travail; ils étaient utilisés pour tirer les péniches le long des canaux et […]

Les Chevaux Kelpies






School in Japan
By Katie I was very nervous in the morning ! I had to leave our apartment before 7:00 am to get there for 8:30 am.  In Tokyo, till about 9:00 am, it’s rush hour and everyone gets squashed like sardines in the subway!! It’s amazing how many people you can […]

A day at a Japanese School




It’s frightening when the floor shakes and knocks you around as you crouch on the floor clinging to a table leg, furniture tumbling around you.  And that was only an earthquake simulation.  The floor really was shaking, we really were under a table clinging to a table leg, but the […]

Japan: A Visit to an Earthquake Simulator in Tokyo


Just beside the zen Temple of the Heavenly Dragon (Tenryū-ji) in Kyoto, is the Sagano Bamboo Forest. If you’ve ever seen a list of “places to see before you die”, this forest might have been on it. Walking through the leaves rustling in the wind feels a bit like you’re […]

Kyoto’s Rustling Bamboo Forest












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Want to teach English abroad? Doing a 4-week intensive CELTA (Certificate Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course is a bit of a whirlwind – often a life changing whirlwind but a whirlwind nonetheless. I remember it well. Facebook came into its own for me as fellow participants and […]

Location independent or travel adventurer: what’s a “slow CELTA”













Raising Miro are an intrepid mum and son duo currently in South America.  They are quite an inspiration to travelling families and Worldschoolers.  Thank you Lainie and Miro for the lovely article. http://www.raisingmiro.com/2014/12/09/families-on-the-move-meet-the-amazing-family-behind-the-blog-ayearinacampervan/#comment-22807  

Thanks Raising Miro




Nancy is a ballsy kind of lady.  There aren’t many mums who would cycle 27000 MILES with their kids from Alaska to Argentina and round the USA and Mexico….  She’s been on TED, she’s written several books on travelling with kids, and her new one Roadschooling: Education Through travel came out […]

Guest post by Nancy Sathre-Vogel: does roadschooling work?



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