We lock our children in the classroom eight hours a day, five days a week to learn about the outside world. Not this year. We’re going to unlock the door, find the real world outside the classroom, and dive in deep. We’ll explore geography, geology, biology, mathematics, science, history, culture, religion, language, storytelling, politics, and life by going, seeing, meeting, exploring, and doing.
Life is our subject.
The world is our classroom.
We’re just a fun-loving family with a sense of curiosity and adventure, trying to squeeze the most out of life. We’ve sold our car, rented out our house, and packed our bags for a year-long learning adventure.
Waco is an entrepreneur with a background in corporate marketing. He recently sold a business and is working on building the next one. He was a Montessori kid who later attended both public schools and a private prep school. He has B.A. in History and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Information Systems. He’s a firm believer that being a dad is the best job ever. He likes to travel (duh!) and spent 1992-1994 living out of a backpack, mostly in South and Southeast Asia.
Jette is the best daughter anyone could ever hope for. She’s been a Montessori kid since the age of two. She’s a speed reader who devours books like some kids gobble Skittles, and she’s pretty good at math and spelling too. She loves animals, especially dogs. When she’s “home” in Dallas, she volunteers almost every week at Operation Kindness, a no-kill animal shelter. Her birthday is in July, so she will have turned 10 at the beginning of Field Trip X.
An architect and vintage furniture boutique owner, Mila is an admirer of all things beautiful, unique, quirky, very new and very old. She loves the comforts of home as much as the discovery only travel can provide and she feels incredibly fortunate to have the ability to spend an entire year of togetherness with her two favorite humans, Jette and Waco.
About This Trip
“Field Trip X” is what we’re calling our learning adventure. The “X” is both the roman numeral representing Jette’s age and a variable (hey, that’s math!) representing our as-yet-unknown destinations. We see this trip as a challenge, an adventure, and an opportunity to test ourselves and explore our world.
You might think of it as 5th grade abroad, homeschooling, unschooling, roadschooling, or worldschooling. I’m not sure that any of these tags tell the whole story, but they all apply to a certain extent.
We recognize that each of us must find our own way through life. As parents, we want to equip our daughter with the knowledge, competence and confidence to define her own path and choose her own destiny. As she matures and moves from childhood to adolescence, we see Field Trip X as an opportunity to share our family’s values with her in one of the most powerful ways we can imagine – contrasted against new places, new people, and new cultures.
“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges; it should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever you are doing, wherever you are, whomever you are with; it should teach you what is important, how to live and how to die.”John Taylor Gatto