Homeschooling Vs. Traditional Schooling

Hello!

If I had to pick the ONE question we get asked the most it is, “How do you teach your children on the road?”  For me, that is an easy one to answer.  I have my formal education in teaching with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with a dual emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Bilingual/Spanish and ESL.  Those degrees applied in my everyday life mean that sometimes we are writing at the laundromat and sometimes we’re reading by the pool.

  

I also have a Masters Degree in Education and Leadership, am a published author, a Certified NLP Practioner, Life Transformation Coach, and a Communications Specialist.  If that’s not enough, I have over ten years teaching in public education, have taught for online virtual public schools, taught through homeschool co-ops, and have over 17 years working as an educational consultant training adults in best teaching practices, self improvement, and leadership.  I might know a few things about teaching my children and coaching others.

However, even if I didn’t have any of my formal educational background and experience, I am the mother of Wyatt and Abbie and I know them best.  As I’m sure every parent could say about their children.

My husband and I both have a depth of knowledge and skills we use to teach our children on a daily basis.  We also choose to use teachable moments, real life applicable skills, and the bounty of knowledge, resources, people, and materials that are accessible throughout our country and world.

When our son Wyatt was diagnosed at age 4 with Type 1 Diabetes, an auto immune disease and life threatening condition, it made public education a challenge for us.  Either the schools that were available to us were not prepared to deal with all of the blood sugar checks, shots, and needs to address high and low blood sugars, or our son was sick so frequently, he wasn’t able to fully attend and get the benefit of a quality education.

Wyatt is 13 now and can do his own insulin changes and is rarely sick, because of all of the changes we made to our life.  We’re so grateful we found a better solution that worked for us!

We found ourselves choosing to homeschool so that he could be involved in studies to work toward a cure and stay healthy.  This diagnosis pushed us to wrap our lives around designing our own businesses so that we could take care of him. We also began creating our own educational programs and school days, based on the interests and needs of our children.

There are so many options out there and we tried K-12 and looked into some others, but we also wanted the flexibility to travel and learn around the world, embracing the great outdoors as our primary classroom.

We love to learn with our children at national monuments, historic sites, national parks, libraries, museums, art galleries, markets, and more!

Our son is in the process of completing his Eagle Scout program and our daughter is interested in all things needle work at the moment.  Our children are developing amazing business, social skills, networking, communication, and gaining experiences learning everywhere we go.

We all love to make new friends, learn from others, and share our inspirational experiences and knowledge as well.

I believe that you can learn from everyone and we use opportunities in reading, writing, math, language, science, art, history, geography and more to expand our minds everywhere we go.  Every day and every place is a great opportunity to learn!  The world is literally our classroom and our integrated life is our education.

If learning takes place in a traditional, virtual, private, or homeschool setting, I feel the goals should be the same.  To me, the goals are:  developing relationships, having fun, making progress, creating great memories, and truly having personal growth and light bulb moments.  Fostering the development of wonderful, healthy, happy, compassionate, intelligent human beings has always been my role as an educator, and it still is with my own children, and every child and adult I meet as well.

I’m always happy to answer questions and share our learning, journey, and progress with you.

Enjoy creating those amazing memories and building the life you want!

If you still aren’t sure about what a typical day for us at “school” might look like, here’s a recent example.

We really enjoyed an outdoor day of learning in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.  If you ever get to Nevada, it is worth spending the day.  When you walk around, read the exhibits, meet new friends, find the animals, and visit with volunteers, and you will see why we enjoy learning everywhere we go.

    

Enjoy the journey that is YOUR LIFE and please ask any questions about homeschooling, traditional schooling, or places you would like to see us visit and share with you.

 

Best wishes,

Trina Gunzel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Natali Shawn Sloan on June 1, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    You guys seem like an amazing family may god bless you all and thank you for sharing your story for others like me my son has ADD I wonder if this would help him

    • Trina Gunzel on July 8, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      Hi Natali! Thank you for joining us on this journey. Homeschooling is such an individual choice. We are all for learning and making things work. You can always try it and see if it’s a good fit for your family. We’ll be praying for you and appreciate you reaching out. Best wishes, The Gunzel Family

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