Learning On The Road Through The Eyes Of A 10 Year Old
When you are traveling it is hard to go to a school, so we (Susan, Lucy, Edmund and I) get homeschooled. It can occasionally be boring, but most of the time it is fun.
Three times when we’ve stopped for a while we have a look a the schools and stay for a couple of weeks. Then when we are back travelling we go back to homeschooling. Homeschooling usually is very fun. Occassionally we get to use the computer or ipad to go on maths or spelling games. By doing this, I’ve got to be good at my maths, as well as Susan.
Sometimes we do a spelling test. I like them, but Susan doesn’t really like them (Susan: Liar! I do like them! Liar liar pants on fire!). Because of our homeeschooling, Susan and I have gotten to know Latin. Latin is an ancient language that was spoken by the Romans. We’ve learnt how to make each other angry by calling each other names in Latin. Mum and Dad send us to bed when we do this, but other than that it’s usually pretty funny.
At Andamooka, I was telling everyone about it and when I told people that a single word could aggrevate me from Susan she started calling me “puella” (girl), “fenestra” (window) and “porta” (gate) and the other kids and teachers were laughing so much that there weren’t white faces, just red faces from laughing so hard. After that, all the boys were calling the girls “puers” (boys) and the girls were calling the boys puellas. Mum’s just got us a book called “How to insult, abuse, and insinuate in Classical Latin”, and I’ve been calling Susan a “mala pituita nasi” (nasty snot-nose) so she’s been calling me “foetorem extremaz latrinas” (You are the stench of a low-life latrine!).
When we are doing school, my favourite subjects are geography, history, and science. It really fascinates me to think how people like Thomas Alva Eddison can invent things like the light bulb when no one had even seen one before. I like it that he annoyed his teachers when he was my age by asking his teachers questions that they couldn’t answer like “Can we change water into electricity?” When we are learning about history, which is usually in the car while we are travelling, we will put on an audiobook and listen to it. The audiobooks we listen to for this are things like “Who Was … “, “Sterling Biographies …” and “Modern Scholar … ” from Audible.com.
We learn science by listening to audiobooks like the “Modern Scholar …” and some of the audio biographies about famous scientists and their discoveries like Albert Einstein, Thomas Alva Eddison, and Alexander Graham Bell. We also chat about things when we notice them. My grandmother was surprised that I could talk to her about how the trucks tail-gate each other to stay in the slipstream to get less wind resistance and friction so they use less fuel.
We usually use school books for Latin, spelling, story writing, and maths. For maths we use the Math U See blocks and books, and the Right Start books. For Latin, we use little books with worksheets in them (Mum: Latin For Children), and for spelling we use the Spell To Write and Read book, and I am up to list P3.
I’ve been surprised to learn by travelling that the desert can be so green. I would never have guessed living in Melbourne that it could be so green, I always thought that it would be browny-black (Susan: Why don’t you use the words grey and bleak for it, Peter?) with a bit of red dust. It’s particularly green at the moment because of the rainfall. There are some little water channels that wouldn’t normally be here, but are here because of the flooding. At Uluru, I was surprized that there were waterholes around it, and I got to see it with so many waterfalls coming off it. Also, I got to see the rock-art that the Aborigines had made thousands of years before and were still in great condition.
Peter has since started blogging at Adventurous Childhood his own website, partly for fun, and partly for his education.