Well September has come around and with that the start of boat schooling.
It is pretty daunting stuff to be honest but we have been reassured by the reaction of Patrick and Sean’s teachers at school when we told them of our sailing plans. Go for it, they said, you will open their eyes to the world and give them invaluable learning experience in doing so. We were advised to concentrate on key English and maths skills and knowledge and to create projects in other subjects as we go, relevant to the landscape, history and culture of the places we visit.
Our first such project is on Christopher Columbus, whose links to Spain, Portugal and the Atlantic are so tenuous. We have also had our first geography field trip to the Benagil cave in the Algarve. On a windy anchorage we had a go at understanding the force of the wind on various surfaces and we went on to calculate the force the anchor was holding. We are using lesson plan books and online resources as key tools, guided by the UK national curriculum.
Our learning starts in the morning at 9am and runs in three 45 minute sessions, with breaks, until 12pm. When sailing or site seeing however we build in homeschooling as we go, depending on the weather, the sea state etc. Filippo principally teaches maths and Nora English.
So far so good; we are all enjoying the structure the lessons bring. We have however had some critical feedback from the kids that some lessons are boring. This will be a steep learning curve for all of us; there is never a dull moment and always room for improvement it seems😉
Quick update on our progress: we made it into the Mediterranean sea and we are currently in the Balearic islands. We will soon provide further updates of our adventure since we left Galicia.