A: We have two girls, current ages 11 and 15. They have been in public school their whole lives until we left the USA in October of 2014. We began homeschooling AND we enrolled them in local school in Pedasi, Panama for a year. But wait, that’s not all. They also attended a formal language school 2 to 3 hours a week while we were there.
We have enjoyed that combination and feel like it produces the educational goals we have for them. We expect to continue that combination throughout our travels. We may or may not continue with local schools in all places. It depends on how long we will stay and what the local schools allow as far as “tourist” attendance. But we do plan to focus our longer stays in areas where there are language schools. Language schools offer a structure, education and a great connection to the community. Homeschool fills in the gaps. Older Daughter has thrived with this combination and does not plan to ever return to public school (her words, not ours). Younger Daughter seems to enjoy the school setting and may return to public school if and when we return to the USA permanently. Both of them are interested in how public schools are different in other countries. Now that they can communicate, nothing will be as difficult as walking into public school, sticking out like a sore thumb AND having no language skills. It’s cringe-worthy how hard those first few months were.