We bumped into a lovely Nana, at a campsite. We were at a free camp in the middle of nowhere, and she was desperately missing her grandchildren, and Breanne said she would like to learn knitting and this Nana said I’ll teach you. So she taught Breanne, she gave Breanne her knitting stuff because she said she was getting old and had arthritis in her hands. So she ended up gifting Breanne her knitting collection of needles and wool and everything. And since then Breanne has hit YouTube, learned how to rib stitch, pearl stitch, cast on cast off. She’s knitted a dog jumper for a house sitting that we were at. She’s, knitted a wand, a Harry Potter wand and spellbook pouch for her, her trousers that she walks around with, and all because some random lovely lady offered her time and shared her love of something new, which is something that Breanne will carry for the rest of her life. You know, a skill that she can now impart her knowledge with people that she meets as well.
I think that’s all Worldschooling is, in a nutshell. To us, it’s imparting one person’s knowledge to another, free from the necessity of curriculum, or free from the guidelines that say it has to be taught this way, or at a specific time. It’s just because you want to learn and because the person who’s teaching you would love to share that with you.
Whether it’s archery in Hungary, badminton in Romania, and France., and new sports everywhere. Every country has its own sport, and soccer is massive in Europe, so we’ve had countless soccer experiences in Europe, with various levels of expertise from the players, but it’s just a good fun learning experience.
We learned the hand pan in Amsterdam, which is a musical instrument. So amazing! That was very cool.
We’ve learned cooking with a Nona in Italy. With beautiful Romanian Hungarian friends we’ve learned cooking beautiful goulash in Romania. Different learning experiences to what would be considered normal by everyday kids in Australia, that’s for sure, but just such a wealth of information.
We learned about Vikings in Oslo when we went to Norway. We visited an amazing Viking museum. We went to the VESA in Sweden, which is fantastic. That’s all incorporated. The Vikings in that era of history were actually real life! So we walk in and amongst these ruins and see the ships, watch videos and walk through the cities that you love so much and wonder How’d they build that?
Different sorts of animals. That’s Miss B’s favorites, she loves animals. We saw reindeer and moose in Scandinavia, in the middle of the road, and if you’ve ever seen Rocky and Bullwinkle we now know where they got the inspiration for the moose. He looked exactly like it. We had running jokes for the rest of the day after that.
Trying to pinpoint particular moments is actually quite difficult, although we did manage to pull about 10 there! Learning happens constantly.
And every day the language that you’re hearing. We’re currently learning French and sign language and so any opportunity we hear it… We’re currently staying in a Caravan Park in a place in Western Australia, and there’s been an influx of Germans and French that have been surrounding us and we jump at every opportunity to go and have a chat and find out their whereabouts and help them with their travel planning. By hearing the language, Miss B is able to practice; she understands it and is able to ask them in French, if they speak English. She’s incorporating that even though we’re not on the move at the moment. Every day we’re using the Worldschooling tools that we’ve learned and embracing them. The French they were so thankful, because they want to know where to go and what to see while they’re in Australia and they grab hold of you and ask a million questions and it makes you feel like you’re back on the road again.