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Cruising Homeschoolers

Homeschooling on a boat, from a canoe to a cruise ship, can be a fun way to learn.

Scott_SailingA Different Tack: Home-Schooling on a Boat
We left Maine on March 25 2000. It was cold, gray and overcast, but casting off the lines was warmed by several hundred friends who came to bid us farewell. That moment may have been the hardest of the last 2 1/2 years of sailing. There was a brief question of, “Is this the right thing to be doing with our life, with our family?” But since then, we have never had to ask that question again.


Boat Kid: How I Survived Swimming with Sharks, Being Homeschooled, and Growing Up on a Sailboat
by Melanie Neale
“Boat Kid” is the engaging memoir of what it’s like to grow up aboard a sailboat. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, Melanie’s family lived aboard a 47-foot sailboat, spending their summers along the US East Coast and their winters in the Bahamas. Melanie and her sister were homeschooled, the family fished for dinner and made their own bread, but her parents were far from hippie dropouts. Despite their unique lifestyle, her parents were determined to raise proper young ladies while surrounded by sea-gypsies, mystics, nudists, boat bums, sharks, and smugglers.
Kindle Edition
Canadian editions

Glayva Adventures
Heading back to Aceh, fridge full of cheese, and cupboards full of beer. Will be great to go back, as now aware of the spots we want to hang in for a while…..our secret uninhabited island, with the clearest blue water, mating turtles and coral reefs…not to mention an OK surf break, but shhhhh, I cant give too much away, or there will be a resort there next year!

The Hacking Family
Welcome to the Hacking family website with Sue, Jon, Chris, and Amanda on Ocelot, our Kronos 45′ (14m) now 48′ (15m) Wauquiez designed catamaran. We’ve been on this trip since December 2001, sailing from the Eastern Caribbean through the Panama Canal, across the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean to Africa, then back to Asia.

Home Schooling on the High Seas
A typical day for the Adams kids is a little different. “School starts right after breakfast when we’re in port or at anchor,” says Jane Adams. “We take a mid-morning snack break and sometimes a quick swim. Then, we’re back to school until lunch and then are usually finished around 1 p.m. After school, we are off exploring. This often involves swimming/snorkeling, land exploring, or sight seeing.

Homeschool Afloat
The Crumpler Family from Georgia extend their homeschooling to a learning experience afloat and took a Basic powerboating course aboard “Red Dog.” Here are the young students’ perspectives of their class.

Homeschooling Children Aboard
Now that we’ve lived aboard for almost seven years with our own kids, we are convinced.  Boating families are together families.  There is no doubt in my mind that our children are very different than their peers.

Kids Aboard
What would you do if you had a four year old or a fourteen year old on your boat for a month, or even just one day? There are many things that kids can do while on board to stay occupied, have fun and even learn something new.

Mom and Dad Deliver the World
Presented with a unique opportunity and blessed with an adventurous family, a veteran of the solo-sailing wars turns a boat delivery into a 13,000-mile field trip. By Alan Nebauer, Cruising World, October 1, 2002.

Yacht Mollymawk
The Cruising Log and scrapbook of the crew of the yacht Mollymawk. See the Sheinas’ “Home Education” category for stories about homeschooling aboard.

Zac Sunderland
Zac completed his circumnavigation on July 16, 2009! Less than a handful of people have done it under the age of 20.

Homeschooling on a Cruise Ship

How to Take a Homeschool Cruise
Taking kids on a homeschool cruise provides families the opportunity to travel with a group of other homeschool families. They learn through actual experience of seeing, walking, touching and being in educational ports of calls that serve as the kids’ classroom. They study with their traveling group and make new friends. Planning is the key to making sure everything goes as intended by following these steps. By eHow Travel Editor.

The Homeschool Cruise & Homeschool Trips
Held in November usually. Come sea our photos from this year. Watch for next year’s destination.


2015 NOT Back To School Homeschool Cruise Members!
Hi Everyone! I am Shelly Mabe, the Founder of Free Homeschooling 101 and Organizer for the 2015 NOT Back To School Homeschool Cruise! Welcome!

Homeschool Cruise from Norfolk
On Carnival Splendor 10-17-2015
For 6 nights to Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. (Bookings might be full now.)

The Homeschool Cruise & Homeschool Trips
Full deposits are due for THIS year’s cruise by June 26th, 2015. Final payment will be August 24th

Homeschool Cruises
Homeschool “Back To School” Cruise Specials, NCL’s Norwegian Sky, *Kids Sail Free Promotion, available on select sailings for a limited time, based on availability.

Homeschool Group Cruise from Norfolk
On Carnival Sunshine October 28, 2016. 8 nights to Nassau, Grand Turk, Amber Cove. Click on Files tab for pricing and booking information.

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