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One month later …

and we’re still alive!

My inbox is a mess, my work is piling up, I’m behind on blogging and the house is a disaster zone, but we are ROCKING at World School! I knew the kids would love it and I knew there would be some perks, but YOU GUYS, I HAD NO IDEA. I feel like we’re finally in our element as a family. We’re on our own schedule, choosing our own adventures, making our own path and life has never been better. We’re happier, less stressed and more confident than ever. Pulling the kids out of “regular” school? Best decision we ever made. My only regret is that we didn’t do it sooner.

So what have we been up to?

Hiking and getting lost at Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg.

Tent camping on the beach at Padre Island.

Hiking Slaughter Creek and learning to Geocache.

Walking South Congress and visiting the Texas Capitol building.

Feeding zebras and exploring caves at Natural Bridge Caverns and Wildlife Park.

Climbing high on an awesome ropes course in New Braunfels.

Checking out the amazing view from Mt. Bonnell.

Visiting the Thinkery, Austin’s awesome children’s museum.

Having giant water balloon smashing trampoline parties with our friends!

Making some art.

Learning to bowl.

Learning to crochet.

Learning to film and edit videos.

Learning to cook and bake.

Minecrafting!

And what about those perks I mentioned earlier? 

THE PERKS. Ohhhhhh, how we love the perks.

No more alarm clocks. Ever. (How’s that for a perk?!) Each of us needs a different amount of sleep to function happily and now, we can each have our own schedule. Roxy wakes up first and gets right to work on whatever project she left laying around the night before. Kai wakes up next and heads straight for the Minecraft computer. Marley needs more sleep than any of us and regularly sleeps 2-3 hours later than the rest of us.

No more crowds. Places that are packed full of kids and families on weekends tend to be nearly deserted on weekdays during regular school hours. The (awesome!) ropes course we went to last week was completely empty, so Roxy and Kai got to be the only kids up there. It was their first time, so they were slow, but since they were alone, it didn’t matter at all. They took their time, made it through and had a blast, with absolutely no pressure. WORLD SCHOOL WIN!

No more traffic! The more flexible your schedule is, the less likely you are to be stuck in the living hell that is Interstate 35 during rush hour.

More movie nights! No alarm clocks mean no early bedtimes. Bring on the popcorn!

More personal projects. One day a couple of months ago, Roxy decided she was going to learn to crochet. I bought her some yarn and a couple of hooks and told her to go for it. She sat down at the computer, pulled up a YouTube tutorial and a few hours later she had a brand new, handmade scarf. Just like that. Since then she’s made so much progress that she’s thinking about starting her own YouTube channel with her own tutorials. Kids thrive when they have the time to focus on things they truly enjoy with no distractions, no due dates and no bells ringing to signal time for a new lesson.

More time outdoors. On average, American kids get only 26 minutes of recess per day, including lunchtime — and low income kids get less than that. Not acceptable. We don’t have many rules when it comes to World Schooling, but getting outside is mandatory. We hike, bike, walk, climb or play outside at least an hour a day (and sometimes ALL day!)

Are you home schooling or world schooling, too? Leave a comment and tell us your favorite perk!

Thanks for reading, friends! Scroll down for a collage of iPhone photos from our first month of World Schooling! And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook!

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  • October 3, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    Marcy - We’re new to homeschooling, too… I have 2 boys, 3 and 6 yrs old. My 6yo was going to all-day kindergarten before,I love that we now get to hang out all day and can choose to spend our time how we want. It’s so much more relaxed and comfortable.ReplyCancel

  • October 3, 2014 - 7:00 pm

    Cristina Alt - We’re “life learning” over here as well.. but with a 10 month old and a 4.5 year old (who’s never been to school) … balance is tricky, and the house is messy, and I’d like to get outside more, so I’m learning how to do it all. But The perk is that I don’t have to do it all.. I can choose, choose to be with my kids, be present and slow down. The dishes can wait :)ReplyCancel

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