If you’re planning to sample the digital nomad lifestyle with your family where you travel together throughout the year, then your kids’ education must be on the top of your mind.
Is it possible to combine travel with teaching? With a lot of thought and some planning, you can pull it off so that your family gets to be together in all your travels and adventures, without compromising on your kids’ education.
Here are four tips to make sure your kids and your digital nomad life are well-rounded.
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Plan for a Dedicated, Portable Study Space
Having the same elements in your kids’ study space wherever you go can offer the consistency and stability needed for a good education.
Look for sturdy but foldable desks and chairs. You’ll also need a reliable and flexible workstation for your kids’ online learning.
A workstation from this range of portable schools desktop computers can be the perfect tool to ensure your kids’ home-schooling or online learning is consistent and seamless wherever you go.
Chalk Out a Learning Plan
Will you homeschool? Or will the kids prefer online school? Maybe even join a local school while you plan to stay there? Think about what works best for your kids and fits into your schedule. If you’re homeschooling, outline how the place you are moving to can help with that.
Maybe there are museums and libraries you can visit. Unless you are proactive, homeschooling can sometimes lead to kids being too sheltered or missing out on learning the local language via peer interaction in a traditional school. Chalk out a plan for your kids’ social life.
For online schooling, make sure you keep a consistent schedule and help your children get into a routine. There are also several learning apps you can subscribe to. Look up local schools too if that may be of interest to your family.
Network with Other Nomad Families with Kids
Before you take the plunge, or even once you’re already committed to the nomad lifestyle, try and network with other digital nomad families that are educating their kids on the move.
This is a great way to learn about the pitfalls or the prep you need to do before you embark on your adventure and drag your kids along.
There are several forums, websites, and blogs dedicated to nomad families and family travel. Get your research and networking boots on and find out as much as you can about how best to teach your kids when you travel.
Decide to Travel Slow
Plan to stay long enough at a place so your kids get a chance to settle down from the travel, adapt, learn, and experience life in the new city.
Many families stay for a couple of months in every place. This reduces the feeling of being frazzled all the time and allows a chance for the whole family to enjoy their time together while learning something new.
Living and studying abroad is a great way of helping your children develop an openness to new experiences, awareness of other cultures, and overall flexibility. Based on the tips given here, plan for your traveling life with input from your family and chalk out the nitty-gritty of teaching your kids on the move. You’ve got this!