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Old 01-15-2013, 05:42 PM   #16
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There is the people to learn from, there are the ports going to, there are the younger kids clubs, detective game on the new ships(logic), manners for formal night. Really the list can go on even if you think about the logistics of getting there and packing and souviners. You can turn all that into lessons.

As a homeschooling family, all our vacations turn into some kind of informal learning. I can't seem to help it But all my kids(DH, DD, and DS) really enjoy the trips.

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Old 01-15-2013, 06:30 PM   #17
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If there was a "LIKE" button I would click it. The CMs are a wealth of information from all over the globe. Perhaps taking a world map and marking places that the CMs you encounter are from would be interesting. Our favorite was Natalia from Italy.
Oooh, that would be fascinating. My middle child is totally enthralled with foreign countries right now (though who knows in a year). It would be fun just to make a list and map them when we get home too!
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:35 PM   #18
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Great thread!

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But it sure would be nice if Disney CMs had a constellation party on a sea day for that cruise for any of you DCL folks lurking these threads!
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One thing I really love our kids to understand is the culture of the people they will be interacting with on the ship. Spend time getting to know your stateroom hosts, where they are from, what languages they speak, the differences between their home countries and the places you are visiting (or the US for that matter). I think there is lots to learn just from the vast people and the cultures that are present on any cruise ship.

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We were going to go to the pirate museum in Nassau anyway...maybe we should do some last-minute studying about the pirates that lived there.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:42 PM   #19
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Simple idea--world map. Have your child locate the country where each cm they encounter is from. You could chart the distance they each traveled etc later
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:55 PM   #20
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Great idea! We are a new homeschooling family (dd is between pre-K/K right now) and I love the map idea for our cruise next November!
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:10 PM   #21
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Love this thread!
We spent a lot of time looking up! Not only did we study the stars but we learnt about clouds. There's some great handy printout guides on pinterest.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:07 PM   #22
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Love this thread!! We home school as well. We have traveled with DCL twice. I love the world map and stars ideas. How wonderful if the Kid's Clubs would implement some of these ideas in to their programs!! The learning possibilities while traveling with your kiddos whether you home school or not are endless....AND the best part is most of the time they are learning and don't even realize it. That is my favorite kind of learning!!
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We are homeschoolers too. One thing my son enjoyed (12 years old) was the Captain's Discussion. They had the captain do a Q & A in one of the lounges. He loved it!
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Kimbo71- We homeschool too! DS is an 8th grader and DD was homeschooled until the 11th grade (she is a senior this year). The kids help do research for the trip and then there is unstructured learning on the trip. We love checking out new wildlife. I hope to take the kids on the beach the night before to stargaze and look for crabs and such.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:11 AM   #25
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I don't homeschool, but when I take my kid to different biomes, I like to have him look at the native animals and try to determine what ecological influences might have caused them to evolve differently than animals in our home environment. On Western Caribbean cruises, there is also the chance to talk about the Yucatan peninsula and the extinction level event that occurred there 66 million years ago. Kids are usually pretty thrilled with the idea of massive asteroids crashing into the planet. The plate tectonics of the Caribbean are also a pretty interesting topic and a good entry into all kinds of discussions on continental drift, Pangea, etc.

And yeah, my BS was in geology ;-)
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:54 AM   #26
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We're not home schooling but we are looking to pull the kids out of school and kindy here in New Zealand for a cruise during term time so we are really interested in learning opportunities. A great thread - thanks! Travel is one of the only things you buy that makes you richer and not poorer so a big overseas trip for DD7 and DS4 will be a great educational moment!
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:08 AM   #27
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There's also budgeting stuff. Spending $ on the ship so easy because u are using a "credit card". Basic math - add up receipts each say to see if u are staying on budget.

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Old 01-16-2013, 09:55 AM   #28
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I realize now that I titled this thread wrong. I should have just said "educational ideas" and left off the "home-schooling". Everyone is interested in educational opportunities.

Great ideas so far on those teachable moments. I'm going to use the world map for CM's homes, star gazing, and budgeting ideas for sure, and we're going to the library for books on the countries we'll be visiting today. Keep the ideas coming.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:57 PM   #29
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Really enjoyed this thread and decided to do some of hese things too on our summer cruie tonalaska! Hope the kids enjoy e naturalists and will definitely incorporate the stargazing etc.
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Love this thread!! We home school as well. We have traveled with DCL twice. I love the world map and stars ideas. How wonderful if the Kid's Clubs would implement some of these ideas in to their programs!! The learning possibilities while traveling with your kiddos whether you home school or not are endless....AND the best part is most of the time they are learning and don't even realize it. That is my favorite kind of learning!!
Very true! That would be great
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