When we decided on this adventure I assumed that we would homeschool (or roadschool) the children. I figured we have a morning of ‘learning’ every day before we left the van and headed out to explore.

The more I read about what other families undertook, the more I read about unschooling. All this research has really got me thinking about what I hope we, as a family, and the children, will get out of our trip. We’re on a limited budget so endless educational visits wouldn’t necessarily be an option everywhere.

I’ve been drawn to online articles suggesting that the current school system is not suitable for the huge changes in our modern society and its workplace. The current school system was created by the Victorians to create a suitable skill base for a factory work force. Great for liberating the poor, great for educating children who would otherwise work at home, not so great in creating critical thinking, problem solving, non-conformists.

There’s been a suggestion that technology is going to take such huge leaps in next few years as we continue to build upon knowledge we’ve already amassed. I’ve seen it within my own lifetime. When I was a child we didn’t have home computers, when I was 12 (ish) we got a PC but we could only use it for word processing. I didn’t get a mobile phone until I was 17, and it definitely WASN’T a smart phone!

I can’t even fathom what jobs or careers the children will have in 2030…so who knows which skills are important. Perhaps the current school system is focused on the wrong skill set. What should we focus on? I don’t know, but this article was interesting.

However, I am so conditioned to children having to complete school work that I am struggling with the concept of unschooling and we’ve signed up for a couple of learning apps. The girls seem to enjoy these and they’re learning – does this count as unschooling or home schooling? I’m not sure!

There have been amazing, surprising times when they’ve asked for a history lesson and I’ve had to swot up! We discussed the Great Depression – when we talked about it a few days later they remembered salient points. I was greatly impressed!

Conversely, there have been times when I am so frustrated by their seemingly inability to learn. They got watches for Christmas – days of patient ‘this means to the hour, when the big hand is here it is past the hour’ etc etc has just led to continued confusion! This is even more annoying as the children have been ‘taught’ to tell the time at school (they are 7 & 9)…so does this mean neither system works?

I have read a lot that suggests you have to trust the process and believe that your children will learn in a timescale that suits them. It’s the 7th January and the children seem to have grasped the concept of time telling including all the major points (half past, quarter to etc) AND can work out the time to the minute and sometimes how long it is until a certain time or what time it will be in 45 minutes etc. Perhaps I need to be more patient – I have as much to learn! Everyday is a school day!!