EDUCATION ON THE ROAD...
The thought of taking a child out of school and travelling can be daunting... it is for us and we are still in the early days of research on the subject.
Our plan is not a permanent one, we are looking to travel for a year or two (on and off) with long stints on the road and some short respites back at home.
Nevertheless we firmly believe that if we plan for it and execute well, our sons education will progress at the same rate of his peers who are in mainstream schooling. Further, we believe the hands on learning and life lessons that we can teach him while travelling Australia will only benefit his education and growth.
Below I have included some of the initial information we found beneficial and some links that may assist you further....
Exemption VS Home Education VS Distance Education
When it comes to travelling and schooling there are 3 main terms that pop up... Exemption, Home Education & Distance Education.
"An exemption from compulsory schooling or the compulsory participation phase is available when a child or a young person cannot attend or it would be unreasonable in all the circumstances for them to attend school or participate in an eligible option for a period of more than 10 consecutive school days."
This would be the common option if you were travelling and your child required more than 10 days off in a row while still maintaining enrollment at the same school that they would usually attend... For example, if you were taking a 6 week holiday and travelling, but with the aim to return and for the child to resume attendance upon return... in this case the school would likely provide you with activities, projects, assignements etc. to be completed while on the road and to be graded in accordance with the standard curriculum upon return.
More info can be found at: http://ppr.det.qld.gov.au/education/management/Pages/Exemptions-from-Compulsory-Schooling-and-Compulsory-Participation.aspx
"With home education, parents develop or adapt their own program for the child. The parent or a teacher engaged or employed by the parent, is the educator of the child. The educator plans, implements and evaluates the child's learning from one year to the next. The parent whose name appears on the application form is legally responsible for ensuring that their child receives a high quality education, irrespective of whoever else may assist with the child's education."
This option is less about education while travelling and more about a parents right to educate their own child using a curiculum that they develop... this is not what we want... we are not trained educators and dont know the first thing about writing a curriculum. It's designed more to be a permanent alternative to mainstream schooling rather than a temporary option for a short period of the childs overall education.
More info can be found at: http://education.qld.gov.au/parents/home-education/index.html
"With distance education, a parent enrols their child in a school of distance education and a school program is provided by that school for the child. Teachers are available to help monitor the child's learning and a teacher from the school reports on the child (as in mainstream schools). The parent is the supervisor or home tutor to the child within their home. There are state schools and accredited non-state schools of distance education."
This is the option for us... Our son is still enrolled at a schoiol, with teachers he can talk to, virtual classrooms and a curriculum we dont have to write... something we can easily follow and deliver according to its guidelines... Distance schools also have a campus where students can attend and meet with teachers while on their respites from travel. This is what we are about to explore further....
More info can be found at: http://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/distance/
TO BE CONTINUED....
To assist with education and learning we have been looking for apps that both we and our son can use while on the road... below are a few we have found so far:
If you know of a good one, please send a recomendation to us via Facebook...
The Australian Curriculum sets consistent national standards to improve learning outcomes for all young Australians. It sets out, through content descriptions and achievement standards, what students should be taught and achieve, as they progress through school. It is the base for future learning, growth and active participation in the Australian community. ACARA develops the Australian Curriculum through rigorous, consultative national processes.
The Museum of Victoria has produces a Field guide for each of Australias states and territories....
Explore Australias unique and diverse wildlife at home or in the great outdoors with Museum Victoria’s free Field Guide app. Available for both Apple and Android devices, the app holds descriptions of thousands of species, including birds, mammals, fishes, reptiles, frogs and invertebrates from terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.
The app combines detailed animal descriptions with stunning imagery, as well as animal calls, distribution maps, conservation status, butterfly flight times, frog calling times and depth information for marine species.
They have put in a lot of species, but it’s still a fraction of the complete fauna of each state. their scientists will continue to add additional species and refine descriptions over time
Day One is a simple way to journal.
It’s easy to quickly enter your thoughts and memories and have them synced and backed up in the cloud.
iCloud or Dropbox syncing to the beautiful Day One Mac desktop application and the iPhone and iPad apps.
Day One is well designed and extremely focused to encourage you to write more.
MORE TO COME...