This weeks Worldschoolers of the Week are the Alex Family Adventures. Traveling entrepreneurs and co-founders of Authors Talk About It, Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D. teach online classes for entrepreneurs and authors around the world. As best selling authors, speakers, and media hosts they’ve interviewed over 400 authors via their podcast, Authors Talk About It. Their son, Boegley, is a Worldschooler traveling along with them on their adventures, using the world as his classroom. They are currently housesitting in beautiful Albuquerque, NM and this week you can find them right here on Worldschooler Connect.
How long have you been traveling?
We officially started traveling in July 2016. So, about six months.
What does the term Worldschooling mean to you?
Educating our youngest son, Boegley, about the culture, environment, history, etc. of the area and surrounding area of wherever we are. He gets the freedom to help decide what he wants to learn about instead of being stuck in a classroom and force fed whatever state standards demand and whatever the teachers put together that encompasses all of the students. Truly, it’s about exploring and appreciating the differences while gaining a much broader view of what life is really like for different people
What made you take the leap and begin Worldschooling?
After a Waldorf kindergarten education, we chose to do private homeschooling. Then we shifted to enrolling him in an umbrella school – so, still homeschooling. However, a curriculum just doesn’t fit him (or me – Janelle). This led us to start doing a blend of unschooling and homeschooling as math, science and language are still very important. Once we decided to sell everything and travel, we realized we could worldschool and he’d still get all of the basics he should have plus so much more. Most kids just get to read or watch videos about the things our youngest gets to see and experience.
What is one tip you would give an aspiring Worldschooler?
Don’t worry about whether or not they’re getting enough or if you’re doing enough. Kids want to learn if they are interested in the subject. Allow them to lead their educational direction while helping them discover more about the things that excite them.
What do you think the future of Worldschooling looks like?
I believe it is the way of the future. Kids can learn about their passions and interests and that will lead to more proficiency and more progress in areas that will create a more successful future for all of us. The more and better technology we have, the easier it becomes for families to travel and work; therefore, the chances of more families traveling and worldschooling increases.
What would you tell your pre-Worldschool self?
Always take a look ahead of time at the next place you’ll be traveling. See what activities, museums, historical sites, etc. there are in the area. Have you child read about the next place you’ll be going (or near where you are staying for a longer period of time) and see what sparks their interest.
What words do you live by?
“Appreciate the differences…” One of my graduate professors, Dr. Henry Poon, said this to us over and over again and it most certainly stuck.
Where can people find you?
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