Written by Rozanne Dioso-Lopez of Tomfoolery & Shenanigans.
“Mom, when are we going to do schoolwork???”
Asked in frustration, my darling 11-year-old daughter looked at me imploringly as she ran up the beach with boogie board in hand. We had been in Costa Rica for four days and she had had enough of vacation mode.
Looking up from my book I reassured her, “Monday. Tomorrow we start.”
She pumped her fist, waved goodbye, and as she turned to catch more waves, she flung her sandy saltwater hair to the side in triumphant glee.
For the first time we are traveling abroad to one location for an entire month. We decided to try an experiment.
Although one month isn’t long enough to really live in a place, it’s long enough to settle in and try to imagine if living abroad is feasible for our family.
Prior to the trip, my husband and I discussed our goals. What did we want to accomplish? Was this a sight-seeing trip? One of those busy “doing” vacations?
We agreed that we didn’t see this trip as a “vacation” in terms of our previous family travels. It was just going to be a break from the ordinary.
It was a reprieve from winter’s bite. It was an opportunity to introduce the children to another culture: eating and living local.
Can we transport our life at home to another place for an entire month? More specifically, what does homeschooling look like during this month?