Archive for October, 2012


Roadschooling – Week One

Zara laughingly exclaimed this morning that we should call it naked schooling, because she now can attend “school” wearing only underwear. One of the (I expect many) unanticipated advantages of our year of road schooling and a tropical climate.

So what does it look like just a few days into this experiment?  Early reviews are positive (from both “teacher” and “student”, although some days I’d be hard-pressed to identify which is which). We now start each day with 5 minutes of family meditation.  I feared that even 5 minutes would prove challenge for our non-stop chatterbox, but we were surprised to learn that she is an old hand at meditation having done it regularly  at school. So whereas I’m finding my mind straying even during these initial mini-meditation sessions, Zara has proclaimed that we should be able to do it for two hours by year-end. We follow the meditation with approximately an hour of math problems, spelling and some language arts and then the formal part of “school” is done for the day. Gym is yoga and swimming.  She keeps a journal (most days) and yesterday, science was collecting shells at the beach and art involved drawing a picture of the ocean view from a beachside cafe.  To my giddy delight (being a bookworm married to an even bigger bookworm) is that Zara suddenly seems to have her nose in a book and likes to update us on her page count regularly.  She insists that I pack several of her books wherever we go and last night on the way to the local hawkers market for dinner, I heard Jonathan admonishing Zara to not walk and read at the same time or she would trip.  I had to suppress a smile.

Reading to Oliver and Barnaby

Art class

Cooling off in Miami Green pool

Sunset on Batu Ferringhi beach

HK Ferry

As I mentioned in my last post, two days ago we took a HK Ferry from Kowloon to the Central Business District.  Upon boarding the ferry, Zara immediately started quizzing me what would happen if the ferry sank. This was out of character because she isn’t a worrier like her mom and she’s taken SF Ferries numerous times.  I reassured her that ferries like the one we are on don’t sink.  As she peppered me with more “but what if” questions, I couldn’t help but notice the lack of lifeboats on the ferry.  Three hours later HK suffered its worst ferry accident in over 40 years when two ferries collided and 37 people were killed.   I couldn’t share this news with Zara.  Sometimes innocence should be protected for awhile longer.

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