One question you can ask about anything ( and believe me your children will!) is “WHERE”.
Where is the longest river, the tallest mountain, the deepest sea? Where was Einstein from? Where was invented the first automobile, phone, light bulb? Where did Michelangelo created his masterpieces?
The best way for children to learn and remember something is to experience it.
World classroom is located right there in the middle of action and it is a part of an adventure.
Here are 5 reason why world-schooling is an amazing choice and why it works for us.
1. Children are able to experience cultures first hand, and learn about their place in the world
2. They learn languages
3. It is fun ( and for children fun=learning)
4. It transfers any kind of knowledge or information from an abstract fact to the realm of experience
5. As relaxed as world-schooling can be, it provides structure to the facts and knowledge that children accumulate
Experiencing cultures first hand.
Whether you are in a country for a long time, taking a short vacation, visiting local ethnic community or learning about new culture with videos, books and pictures, — you are giving your child an incredible experience of seeing the world through the eyes of another culture. It helps children to be more curious, open minded and tolerant – a must in our global society. There are more then 1 way to cook an egg afterall!
Being able to speak a few languages is an important asset. Not only it gives person cultural advantage, but it also opens more personal and business opportunities. Children are born linguists. And while it would take more then just a simple exposure to learn a new language. Even regular passive exposure to a new tongue would not be gone unnoticed. It would develop your child’s “linguistic ear”, help them to be more attuned to foreign languages and will be of a help if they would decide to pursue this language seriously later in life. But if you do have an opportunity for serious language immersion when your children are young, by all means – do it! They will be thankful you made it possible for them. During first years of life language learning is not a chore, but a normal mental task, that child assumes is simply a part of their development. And as such it comes with ease. Children can learn foreign languages in the same way they are learning their native tongue.
Children love exploring, and world-schooling is just that. Letting their curiosity be their teacher!
Abstract concepts turned into experiences to remember.
No one would argue that going to Museum and learning about an explorer, scientist or artist would leave greater impression then reading about it in a textbook. Add to it being in the country, where that person lived. Walking the streets of the town, where he worked and talking about how it felt to be living in those times in that place. (And you can recreate it even at your home, if you are not able to travel across the world at the moment, but the idea is to help your child experience it in more then one way). And how fun it is to learn that beryl element from Mendeleev table of chemical elements is part of emeralds and aquamarines we can see sold in Indian jewelry store :-)! When my 4 year old daughter learned that, she was on the quest to find all kind of different chemical elements along the way!
Provides structure and fun without stress.
Facts that are applied and experienced in practical way are easy to remember. It is so because our brains love structure. I’ve learned that as we experience various cultures and learn everything else along the way, it provides perfect structure for review and committing these facts to our memory. It is stress free and fun.