We’re a wandering homeschool family. Although we have a fixed address, we spend much of our time traveling and on the road. Perhaps it’s wanderlust that leads us to our adventures. Perhaps it’s our desire to educate our children wholistically, in a way that reminds them that everything and everyone is connected, that compels us to wander. Maybe it’s just that we see travel as an opportunity for our children to become truly self-reliant, culturally aware, worldly learners and thinkers who might just contribute a bit of goodness to others and the world after they’ve left our nest. We appreciate how travel naturally reminds our children that they are ultimately in charge of their own education, that learning opportunities are endless, and that there are intrinsic rewards to stepping beyond the comfort zone.
“Children learn what they live. Put kids in a class and they will live out their lives in an invisible cage, isolated from their chance at community; interrupt kids with bells and horns all the time and they will learn that nothing is important or worth finishing; ridicule them and they will retreat from human association; shame them and they will find a hundred ways to get even. The habits taught in large-scale organizations are deadly.” – John Taylor Gatto, author of Dumbing Us Down
The world is our classroom. We have chosen to educate our children outside of the invisible cage of a school classroom. After all, children do learn what they live. Learning isn’t seasonal in our family. It doesn’t stop at 180 school calendar days or after snow days are made up sometime in June. Learning takes place everyday, 365 days a year. At any given hour, on any particular day, of any particular month you might just happen to find us on one of our wander school adventures. We look forward to having you wander with us.
Hello, My name is Julie. I’m addicted to wanderlust. I’m a lawyer turned yogi and homeschooling mom to four cool kids.
I travel. A lot.
Though somehow never enough.
Always with my four kids in tow.
Yes, a life of travel is pretty sweet. For many people, it’s the dream life. It’s a life with lots of freedom. But it’s life. And life is real. That means the travel lifestyle is not always pretty or perfect. It’s sometimes complicated and messy. It’s not always fun. It can be exhausting, lonely, and even boring at times. Sometimes there are tears, especially when I’m really, really, really overtired. Homesickness happens from time-to-time. And it hurts when it does, especially when you’re missing someone you love and you’re far, far, far away. The travel lifestyle can also be exhilarating, unbelievable, and breathtaking. Everyday brings the possibility of a new adventure, new experience, or the making of new friendships and dreams.
About the WanderKids:
The four kids I call my own–the same ones who follow me everywhere or maybe it’s more accurate to say, I follow them–are ages 14, 12, 10 & 8.
Welcome to our Wanderschool adventure. I hope you stay around for a while and come back often. And who knows? Perhaps our paths will cross somewhere around the world. Quite possibly at a coffee shop.