Homeschooling abroad requires creativity!
Updated: Jan 27, 2020
Homeschooling is a challenge for anyone, but doing so in a second or third world country sometimes seems impossible. Many websites with resources for homeschooling families are regionally blocked, meaning you cannot access their content outside of the US or UK.
This includes video resources like accessing Amazon Prime, PBS Kids, HBO, etc, essentially blocking children from watching educational programs without resorting to ad filled YouTube.
What's more, in many countries, you cannot even order educational materials online and have them shipped to you. Sellers don't want to risk shipping internationally due to long shipping times, high prices, customs, returns and so on.
In these times, there is no reason why a child's education should be limited simply because they do not live in the right country. Some lessons are easy to work around, some ideas easy to recreate.
We recently fell in love with word tiles and decided to make some of our own. We used some cardboard to write words and the kids decorated those with markers and stickers. The younger children used them to practice reading and work on sight words. My older child grouped the words into noun, verb, and adjective and made sentences with punctuation. Every time we buy milk now, the kids get excited to use the cardboard separator to make new word tiles!
This may seem silly to some, but it just shows that no matter what the activity, no matter how complex it seems, with a little adjustment, anything is possible!