It’s a fairly controversial topic - taking your kids out of ‘the normal’ schooling routine to travel the country.
We’ve come across people that are FOR this and have a similar set of beliefs to us - in that kids will learn SO MUCH MORE travelling their country than they ever could in a classroom.
We’ve also had conversations with people who believe what we’re doing is wrong, that it will somehow ‘dumb the kids down’, and are strongly AGAINST educating by any means outside the four walls of a classroom.
We are strong believers in the rights of everyone to have their own opinions and beliefs - but for argument’s sake, let me delve into 10 reasons behind our views.
1-Classrooms don’t teach interpersonal skills
These are skills that CANNOT be taught, and are used when interacting with others properly. They include everything from communication, reading body language, to your listening skills and attitude. Real world experience allows a considerably higher level of these skills to develop far more rapidly than a typical school environment can.
2-Experiences are richer.
The PRACTICAL knowledge gained from actually DOING and experiencing different activities will often lead to a greater understanding, as will being immersed in real -time to various topics. For example, history (via museums/war memorials); environmental concerns (via viewing the impact of rubbish, pollution and weather patterns on different landscapes), with their own eyes.
3- Meaningful Connections.
There’s immense value in kids learning how to converse with people of various ages and backgrounds in a technology fuelled society that is losing it’s ability for deep and meaningful connections… enough said!
4- Increased problem solving skills.
Hands-on-learning increases the material that is retained as the brain links more memory to the learnings. It also is proven to increase problem solving skills as you are experiencing the activity in real-time.
5- Emotional intelligence.
Living in a small space forces you to become aware of other people’s feelings and how to better cope with your own. For children who can struggle to believe their actions have no consequence- it increases awareness of empathy and others.
In a world that lives off credit cards and loans, our children will have first hand experience in the value of money and how to make a budget stretch. They will know the difference of Need Vs Want, and be able to make the connection between how different people’s lives can be depending on the priority they place on money.
7- Environmental Awareness.
Nature has a calming affect, and being amongst it will enhance the children’s understanding of what is required to keep it BEAUTIFUL - we are raising the next generation, after all!
8- Interest led learning.
We get to choose what our children learn about and focus on - (according to national curriculum, of course)- but related to where we are or what we’re doing, and their level of understanding. Now THAT is practical! See #2 above
The ‘bushcraft’ and survival skills our kids learn will make them safer, more confident teens and adults. Chopping Wood, no problem. Learning campfire physics? We’ve got it under control. Reading a map or following a compass? Daily! The importance of sustainable water resources…. Yep! They’ll experience that one too 😉
10-Physical and Mental Health..
If the physical aspects of swimming; hiking; water and sand boarding; fishing; running; and playing isn’t enough, consider the mental aspects like learning how to embrace nature as a stress reducer rather than alcohol or drugs. Chasing adrenaline AND relaxation as often as the other in the great outdoors is a sure-fire way to raise well-rounded little humans in our opinion.