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Travel School


We were asked multiple times on our trip why the kids were out of school and what we were doing for their education. There were no formal school lessons on this trip, but the kids did make entries in their “NatureJournals” every day or every other day.

As mentioned we did listen to books in the car-The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, The Speed of Trust (Covey) and  Endurance (Shakeltons voyage to the Antarctic). As a family we also read 1 Corinthians in the Bible and 2 Nephi, Jacob, Enos, Jarom, Omni, Words of Mormon and Mosiah in the Book of Mormon.

Taylor read all the books in the LDS Missionary Library (the old library and the new- Our Heritage, True to the Faith, Gospel Principles, The Articles of Faith, Our Search for Happiness, A Marvelous Work and a Wonder), The Miracle of Forgiveness and Ourselves by Charlotte Mason.

Jake read “The Annals” by Tacitus, Pride and Prejudice, True to the Faith, The Big Fisherman, and dozens of books he found in the different rental homes.

Drew read “The Outcast” by Rosemary Sutcliff, Virgils “Aeneid” and a trilogy about the life of Christ called, “Fishers of Men”.

Daisie read “Sacketts Land” by Louis L’Amour, The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Sorcerers Stone, and The Princess and the Goblin.

Luke read all 15 Magic Tree House Books he brought, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Sorcerers Stone. Each day while we were driving everyone would narrate what they had read.

Everyone looked at maps and we read poetry by Tennyson most days. We also brought everyone’s copy of Julius Caesar and did a family readers theater of the play over the course of many evenings. Mike does not want to be killed off again in the next play!

Thus, no formal schooling, but learning took place. Everyone pushed their limits in different ways and learned to appreciate nature and Gods creations in a whole new way. I’m so grateful. So blessed. Thank you New Zealand!!