What is homeschooling like?

Six months in – what is homeschooling like?

Our Travelling Family, the Binedells, are volunteering around Europe. We asked mum Karen to share her thoughts on what is homeschooling like.

‘We are now six months into our travels and this month I thought it would be a good idea to review our homeschool journey thus far.

“It would be very easy for me to rattle off the pros and cons from a parent’s point of view but, for a more realistic and accurate account, I believed it best to put it to the kids. So without further ado, here is their account of the last six months.’

Our Travelling Family, the Binedells

Sebastian, Aiden and Ella homeschooled with Wolsey Hall Oxford for 18 months while they travelled around Europe in a caravan.

Sebastian (15) studying 7 IGCSEs

‘Over the last six months of homeschooling I’ve found it both rewarding and challenging. I’ve been able to make many friends in a number of different countries and I’ve had some amazing experiences such as learning to surf, learning to care for animals (goats, chickens, alpacas), as well as, sampling traditional dishes from the countries we’ve visited.

If I was still in public school in England I would never have done any of these things so I am very grateful that homeschooling allows me to continue with my IGCSE’s, as well as travelling.’

Aiden (14) year 10

‘Homeschooling has been quite the experience the last six months.

As a result of it I have been able to travel and do all sorts of amazing things.

“I’ve met and made new friends all over Europe, I’ve learnt to surf in the Algarve in Portugal, I’ve learnt about permaculture at a nursery in France, I’ve helped out at a wellness retreat in Spain and in a couple of days our family is setting off for Belgium.

“Homeschooling has allowed myself and my family to go on this amazing adventure whilst still giving us the chance to complete our IGCSE‘s along the way.’

Aiden tells all what is homeschooling like
Ella explains what is homeschooling like

Ella (12) year 7

‘At the moment I am homeschooling and have been for the last six months. I really like the fact that the Tutors give very helpful feedback on assignments and are always quick to reply to emails.

“So far my favourite subject is History as I find it very interesting and the textbooks are helpful and informative. When we were in Parthenay, France we visited a medieval village which was built within the walls of a castle. It was really interesting as I was able to relate it to what I had learnt and could easily picture what life was like in those times.”

Things to be aware of

Sebastian – When it comes to studying while travelling, there have been points where I have struggled with motivation (especially when we were staying at a campsite in France and everyone else was on holiday). There have also been times when I’ve fallen behind slightly but luckily I have my parents, as well as, my Student Progress Manager to help keep me on track. I’m looking forward to writing my IGCSE‘s, in France, in May 2020.

Aiden -With all of the pros of this trip, there are still a couple of cons. At times we have struggled with poor internet when we haven’t been able to access the online resources. I’ve also found that I can get quite easily distracted, which means at times I have fallen behind on my coursework. Lately I feel I have been getting better at focusing and I’m almost back on track. To summarise, my first six months of homeschooling has been an amazing experience so far with a couple of bumps along the way but, hopefully, in the near future those bumps will smooth out.

Ella – At times I find homeschooling a bit difficult, mainly over the summer holidays, because all the children we have met are on vacation and it’s easy to get distracted and not keep up with your timetable.

Mum Karen – There you have it, six months done and dusted and three children who are enjoying the incredible benefits of homeschooling. As a family we are really excited at the prospect of what lies ahead over the next 6 months and are looking forward to continuing our homeschool journey.