Traveling with the K¹² International Academy program
Like many of you, I love to travel and eat foods from all over the world. In fact, when I was 11 I had the chance to visit Prince Edward Island, Canada see the Anne of Green Gables sites from the amazing books (also in the K¹² English A and B curriculum) by L.M. Montgomery. The character of Anne captivated me with her creativity, personality and larger than life red hair! One of my goals while there was to try some authentic Marilla Cuthburt Plum Pudding from one of the most hysterical parts of the novel.
In typical Anne fashion, she gets caught daydreaming of being a bride with a piece of cloth that was covering some plum pudding. You see, way back in the days before refrigeration, people used cheesecloth and pie safes to protect their baked goods from getting eaten by bugs and mice. You can only imagine what happened next…as the saying goes, “The proof was in the pudding!” Indeed, Just like the meaning of the saying, I was overjoyed when I was able to experience authentic plumb pudding myself! It was delicious and mouse free!
I know I’m not the only one who likes to travel, eat and experience! After three years of teaching at the K¹² International Academy, I’ve started to calculate how many frequent flyer miles my students accumulate throughout the year.….holidays traveling from Dubai to the states and back, moving from Singapore to Mississippi, sporting competitions in every place imaginable. Then, there are the students that are continuously on the road. Like the sports stars that have tournaments all over the world. The actors that are on locations. The expats that are always in search of the next adventure. “What can we do for school while we are traveling to (fill in the blank)?” has become a common question from my learning coaches and students. My answer is always the same! The proof is in the pudding! In fact, there are many flexible study options available to traveling iCademy students.
First of all, students can always read their next novel while traveling. Many of you already know, I’m an English teacher…so of course, I automatically think about reading! All of our middle school English classes have “choose your own” novels with many different options for your liking. If you know your family is going to be taking a longer than usual vacation, by all means, look ahead at the novel units, make a choice, buy, download or borrow the book. And just like that, the proof is in the pudding; indeed, you have a book for your student to read as you fly, float or drive to your destination.
Secondly, have you ever thought about “blocking” your work for a week or two? It’s easy. Instead of lugging every single one of your K12 books, choose one or two. Then focus on that subject only. Do a week’s worth of lessons every day. Once again, you can eat yummy pudding one little bite at a time so that you don’t come home to a mouse filled, rotten mess of assignments.
Last, but certainly not least give a schedule a try. If you know that you are going to be sightseeing for the day or if you know you’ve got matches every day at noon, start your day off right, every single day you are traveling, with an early morning dose of school. Two hours completed before the day of adventure begins helps make a HUGE dent in any plum pudding.
I must admit, I’m not foreign to the idea of traveling with iCademy. With a husband in the US military, I’ve had my fair share of travel and moving stories. In fact, some of you have Skyped with me while I was flying (literally in the air) from Florida to Washington state. I’ve driven from Oklahoma to Colorado while stopping at Starbucks to teach a class or two. Even more, my best travel story was written as I was attending an open house while at my husbands grandparents house. Why is that interesting you may ask. Well, they don’t have internet. The truth is we, members of iCademy, find ways to travel with our school. Our school exists everywhere we go making easy. The proof is in the pudding.
Indeed, you have possibilities to continue learning even while you are traveling. Whether you travel to the location of your favorite novel from our curriculum, like I did when I was 11, or you travel to the hottest foodie destination, next time you pack your bag and start humming the John Denver classic travel song, “I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane,” know that your K¹² International Academy schooling can go with you. Are you ready? Get your plan! I know you are going find the proof in the pudding– traveling and keeping up with your studies is easy!