When I first encountered these children, I thought that they were missing out by not going to school daily in their hometowns and not having interaction with children their own ages. Was I wrong! These children were bright, happy, well read, and involvedwith their lifestyle, environments, the local cultures, and children from all over. Not only were the children studying their regular lessons, but they were learning so much more about their local environment, sea life, flora and fauna, local customs, foods, songs, music, and on and on. Each day was broken up into separate sessions. Mornings were for studies on board their respective vessels. Some afternoons, sport activities, such as beach volleyball, swimming lessons, tennis at local courts and basketball, were scheduled, as well as made up games, sightseeing, and interacting with local children.
Also, these children were learning skills that would last them a lifetime. They learned a lot about the weather and how weather changes affect life at sea. For example, how changes in wind direction—wind shifts—from northwest winds to southwest winds affect their sailing course or anchorages. They learned how to navigate using a compass, charts, parallel rules and, nowadays, course plotters, GPS, computers for weather information, and so on. Course plotting involves mathematics and geometry, in particular,where you can see how different angles to the wind affect your point of sail. They learn the force of the wind in knots and how the strength of the wind, along with the direction of the wind, affects the sails on a boat.
Along with these technical subjects, they learn a lot about many cultures from different islands and countries. They learn first-hand about the foods, holidays, customs, music, books, stories from the histories of each place they visit, and some learn foreign languages, too. Cruising children get the advantages of home schooling as well as expanding their knowledge of other people, other cultures and how to interact with each different group that they meet along the way.
To help you get started, you can go to Google and look up “HOME SCHOOLING on a BOAT.” You will find “Cruising Home Schoolers A to Z.” Also try “Home School Programs for Boats.” Pictures from the Bahamas are actual students who are being home schooled on board their boats in Georgetown, Bahamas when we were there.