Ask Jenny 11/28/14

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‘Ask Jenny’ is a series where you can ask me about our travels, logistics, parenting on the road, my life before travel, or whatever else you have a question about. I will post a call for your questions on Twitter and Facebook, or you can leave your question(s) here at the end of my post. In a month, I will write a post to answer one (or more) of them. The only rule I will have is that the questions be kind.


What a fun-filled time of year it is! This week was Thanksgiving for all of you back in America, and now it is exactly a month until Christmas! Oh my, where does the time go?

Not only are the holidays upon us, but Chad and I have visitors! My sister and Chad’s brother are her to explore more of Thailand with us. What this means to us, is fun and adventure that we get to write about and share with you! Hooray!

Well, I guess I should stop getting side tracked and get on with my ‘Ask Jenny’ for this month! So here we go!

Today I am answering two questions that run in the same vein.

“Do you or Chad (or both) work in order to accommodate your amazing life style?
Also when Zoe starts school.. what will you do ? Where will it be? Will you settle abroad? Head ‘home’ ?
Oh and any more babies?”   From Journey2DFuture

 “When Zoe starts school what’s the plan? Will you home school? Will she go to school wherever you are? Or will you find a place to settle down? Or?” From MamaByFire

So, let me start at the beginning…As far as work goes, my job is mom, wife, travel blogger extraordinaire. Chad is the breadwinner of the family. He has written two books, one of which has been published on Amazon and is currently being re-edited and updated. He is also currently editing the second book in the series. He also is a IT independent contractor. Which to me, means he works with computer thingies. I know, it’s a pretty technical explanation, right?

My goal is that this blog will take off and maybe even go viral and then I can be the breadwinner for a bit. So feel free to share us, you can help me get there!

Now onto the second part of the question: As far as Z and her schooling… that is a question that remains to be answered as of yet, but we have some idea’s about what we might do.

If we were to live as expats, I would like to find a Waldorf school in the area. Or live in an area with a Waldorf school. This is for two reasons: 1) So that Z could be immersed in the local language, 2) Since she is an only child, and a very social little girl I want her to be stimulated and surrounded by other kids.

If we were to move back to America, we would most likely home school Z. The homeschooling community there is getting larger and more popular with each day. There are plenty of opportunities for socialization and learning nowadays, much more than when Chad and I were homeschooled.  So her being an only child won’t make as much of a difference there.

The only definite we KNOW about Z’s schooling is that we don’t want her in any school just yet. Right now she is just learning through play and life in general. Plus, I am not ready to let her go just yet. What would I do with my day? Maybe when she is 20.

We have no idea what the future holds at this point, everything is up in the air again in the beginning of the new year. But we aren’t really sure if we will settle down soon, or ever. We  love the vagabond life. It seems to suit us.

There is one thing that I definitely know for our future though… Z will be our one and only. She is everything I ever wanted in a child, she is funny, kind, generous (when her “mine” stages aren’t in full swing), and so smart. She melts my heart and makes me smile. I am happy.


Now it’s your turn! Do you have children? When did you choose to enroll them in school? Did you have a certain type of teaching that you felt was perfect for your family? Leave a comment and join in the conversation! 


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  22 comments for “Ask Jenny 11/28/14

  1. freebutfun
    November 29, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Hold on, can you choose when you enrol a child to a school in the U.S? There is no age when it is mandatory to learn and how much? Or how does it work?
    Here by law one needs to learn from the ages of 7 to 15/17 the contents of nine classes, most people would go to free public schools.

    And what is it in the Waldorff approach that especially fascinates you? I know Montessori and Steiner pedagogies better but think it is something similar…?

    • andthreetogo
      November 29, 2014 at 10:40 am

      In America you can enroll your child in a free public school, a private school, or homeschool them (depending on the state). They start school at 5-6 years old and continue on until they are 18. Those are the ages no matter which school you choose usually.
      The Steiner approach is the Waldorf approach. 🙂 What I appreciate about the Waldorf/Steiner method is that the child is encouraged to learn through play in their younger years, then as they get older are taught the normal subjects (mathematics, language, sciences, etc) using a curriculum that encourages creative thought and imagination. I have seen the way that z learns so quickly just by playing with blocks, or bubbles, or anything else in life and I think it just seems like a natural way to learn. Even if we homeschool z, we will teach using the Waldorf approach.
      Thanks for the great questions! I have heard that the schools in Finland are amazing! But it sounds like you have some time before your little ones are in them. How nice that they don’t start until 7 years old!

      • freebutfun
        November 29, 2014 at 10:50 pm

        It is the same?! Ha, then I like the Waldorf approach too, exactly for the reasons you mention! I actually think most schools are developed more that way here, it works well with children,

  2. Deanna Kozarov
    November 29, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! If you are looking for a Waldrof school there is one here in Chicago walking distance to my place, we can be neighbors :-p

    I just found out also the state of IL does not require you to be a licensed teacher or whatever licensure you need to homeschool-I just met a new mom at my new job that told me her retired police husband is now homeschooling their kids.

    So hey, Chicago is worth considering! There are many activities to keep kids occupied here. For us, our peers live in the suburbs to raise kids but we want to give this raising a kiddo in the city thing a try, M will either attend a Private school or a gifted program in some of the better schools in the city.

    Refreshing to see you guys are raising your kid outside the box as we (sort of) are, because I feel that many families fall into the trap of peer pressure from friends and family to have the mcmansion and white picket fence in suburbia land. Not sure if you ever experience this?

    Have a great Thanksgiving weekend!

    • andthreetogo
      November 29, 2014 at 10:44 am

      We had an unexpected day in Chicago recently and it seemed like a fascinating and vibrant city. I am definitely a city girl and struggle with the thought of living a suburban life. I know that it is a dream for some, but not for me. 🙂
      I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was wonderful as well! Thanks for commenting!

  3. joylovestravel
    November 29, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    The vagabond life sounds amazing – wandering and discovering new things all the time, why would you need to settle down!! Children have to start schooling here the term year they turn 5. Our son was the oldest in his year, some children were almost a year younger but had been at “school” a lot longer. We kept him at home until the last minute and it worked perfectly for us – lots of busy days doing great things, I loved those times. He never had any separation anxiety when he did start school and took to it like a duck to water. Despite being an only child he is sociable and confident with adults and children alike – peer pressure exists here too but we always resisted that and everything worked out great!!

    • andthreetogo
      November 30, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      That is kind of how I feel at this point. Maybe when Z is school age I will want to really settle down, maybe not. 🙂 We shall see.

  4. Lani
    November 29, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Interesting. I used to be a Waldorf teacher, and will be self-publishing my story soon. I’m sure I’ll announce it on my blog. It’s a story I’ve been working on and carrying for many years.

    In any case, I look forward to your holiday posts. Hope you had a happy turkey day, too. xxoo

    • andthreetogo
      November 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Oh, I would love to read it. Definitely post about it so I can buy it!

      • Lani
        November 30, 2014 at 6:36 pm

        😀

  5. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    November 29, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Hey there! I checked out Chad’s book and put it in my Amazon cart for next purchase round. Love homeschooling here at our house! I don’t have a set style–just watch each girl to see what they need and modify accordingly–with the goal to have a great background in literature, grammar, math, foreign languages, music, and physical fitness. And basic sciences. And nutrition. And…and…and…and…and–just can’t cover enough! 🙂 Glad you three are happy!

    • andthreetogo
      November 30, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Excellent! Chad is currently working to improve his first book, the second edition will be out before the first of the year. 🙂 so you may want to wait unless you are getting the kindle version which will be updated automatically.
      I loved being homeschooled. But was taught in a bit more conservative way. Sounds like you are doing it right. 🙂

      • thehomeschoolingdoctor
        November 30, 2014 at 8:43 pm

        I will wait then. I am getting paperback. I never finish books in Kindle.

        • andthreetogo
          November 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm

          I am really excited for you to read it! Depending on your daughters ages, they may like it too. I think it is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Thanks for being so supportive!

          • thehomeschoolingdoctor
            December 1, 2014 at 12:09 am

            🙂

  6. mamabyfire
    November 29, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I don’t want to let my Zoe go yet either. It’s amazing how much they learn through play. People keep asking me when I’m going to enroll her in preschool. I’m thinking…never? She’ll start school in kindergarten when she’s five. Your blog should take off because it’s so awesome and unique. Off to share.

    • andthreetogo
      November 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Haha. I love it! Thanks for spreading the word. 🙂 and thanks for the compliment! I feel the same way about your blog!

  7. 5sOnTheFly
    December 2, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    We definitely agree with the power of learning through play, and we couldn’t imagine our days without our kids around 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      December 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      It’s so much more fun having Z with us. 🙂 I actually miss her even when we leave her for an hour or two.

  8. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    December 3, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    School does become a decision time for many families. I think the key is to remain a bit open-minded, especially as an expat. So many people change their schooling approach halfway through to get a better fit for the child or family or because of unforeseen moves – sometimes you have to go to plan L before you find one that sticks! You guys have a variety of approaches lined up so lots of options at each step.

    • andthreetogo
      December 3, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      That is very good to remember. One thing being a mom, and being a mom that travels often, I have learned to be flexible and work around z’s personality. It feels so far away… But really will be around the corner. We shall see what happens. 🙂

      • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
        December 4, 2014 at 5:51 am

        Yes, gosh, won’t be too long at all!

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