If you have children and are planning a move abroad you’re probably concerned about their schooling.
For us this was not a very big concern, because we home school our daughter. We’ve always had the desire to move to a foreign country, and homeschooling makes for good mobility. We prefer homeschooling for many other reasons as well.
We Were “Homeschoolers” Before Moving to Ecuador
We are from Nova Scotia, Canada and their rules are very simple. We choose the curriculum and have it approved by the School Board, then at the end of every school year we send in a progress report via email.
When we moved we brought two years worth of curriculum with us. And now we ask our family and friends to bring the next years curriculum for us when they visit. We can also order online and have it shipped directly here to Cuenca.
What About Learning Spanish?
You may be wondering how our daughters Spanish is progressing because she’s not in the school system here. Well, I’m jealous! Her fluency blows mine out of the water; children learn language so much faster than we do. She is 9 and does a lesson in Pimsleur Spanish everyday. (Get a free Pimsleur lesson from Audible) I include Spanish lessons in our curriculum, and we have Spanish books that we read and discuss together. She also picks up an incredible amount just from being out and about and with her Spanish friends.
This is a concern for most expat families as they plan their relocation.
If you’re into homeschooling you don’t have to worry about your child picking up the language, they’ll pick it up faster than you will. There are many private schools here as well. But if you do homeschooling make sure to look up the laws regarding homeschooling for your province or state before moving.
More reading: Schooling Your Expat Kids in Ecuador
What are your schooling plans?