School Days

It is true, Home-Schoolers do it in their underwear.

It is true. Home-Schoolers do it in their underwear.

Now that we are at anchor and we are no longer able to avail ourselves of ridiculously expensive air conditioning, school starts just after sunrise at 6 AM. We found out in a hurry that it is best to be completely done with thinking activities before the heat of the day sets in. It isn’t too bad with the wind scoops bringing air into the cabin, but if there is no wind it can get pretty toasty.

Our dive instructor said this guy would have been a "ringer" at the hermit crab races.

Our dive instructor said this guy would have been a “ringer” at the hermit crab races. His shell was over 3 inches across!

The boys are showing progress every week, and we’re excited about all of the opportunities they are getting to learn and grow in a fun environment. Our current batch of subjects include Math, Writing, Phonics, Spelling, Reading, History, Science, Geography, and Art. We also sometimes include a French lesson if we’ve had enough sunlight to charge up the laptops. We’re looking forward to taking a few months to focus on logic and programming languages after they finish the current set of mathematics text books.

Our marine identification book only takes a token stab at crabs. There are many... many different kinds.

Our marine identification book only takes a token stab at crabs. There are many… many different kinds.

Duncan’s favorite subject is science. We’ve been focusing a lot on marine biology for obvious reasons, but seeing as how we live on a sailboat, we also have plenty of opportunities to talk about the weather and how we harness the wind to move the boat. As is obvious from the photos, there is no shortage of creepy crawly things to interact with and discuss.

One of our neighbors rescued this little guy from a tangle of seaweed and trash. Soooo cute!

One of our neighbors rescued this little guy from a tangle of seaweed and garbage. Soooo cute!

Peter’s favorite subject is geography, but I suspect he also likes math on most days. Some days he is just not in the mood, which would probably go worse for him if I were Gurney Halleck. We’ve recently found a bunch of old charts from the gulf that we no longer need, so we’re planning to augment the kid’s geography books with some route planning which should be fun. I’m sure they will also get a kick out of looking up navigation symbols in our Chart No. 1 book.

Rubber Ducky calling Ice Station Zebra. Come in over.

Rubber Ducky calling Ice Station Zebra. Come in over.

Of course, no day at school is complete without some quality goofing off time. I can’t believe it took the boys more than 6 months to figure out that the optimal configuration of cushions in the saloon was “Fortress”. Ben, Chris, Dave, and I would have been all over that in nothing flat.