Power & Motoryacht

Class is in Session

My family and I completed the Great Loop in October 2017. After returning to our land-based home we all missed the water terribly, as well as the life it afforded us. We knew we had some decisions to make. My husband Ben reinvented his career, choosing to focus on marine electronics as a contributor to this magazine, and we moved back aboard in July 2018. Except for a couple of four to six-week stints at home scattered throughout the year we’ve been on the boat. We live aboard a 57-foot Carver Voyager with our two daughters, Molly, 12, and Madelyn, 9.

I began homeschooling the girls on the a requirement to homeschool, or rather, boat school your children. For our one-year trip I felt it was important to mirror what the girls were missing in public school in order to make their transition back easier. I used the same math curriculum as our school, and covered the same social studies and science units they would have experienced. We did reading comprehension as well as read novels, and the girls kept a blog and journals on the boat. It was, and is, important to me that they were reading, writing and practicing math daily despite the daily tribulations of the nomadic lifestyle on the sea.

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