The Silverstein Family is Taking Family Adventures to a Whole New Level >>>
The Silverstein family is taking family adventures to a whole new level. In February 2011, Mark, Sarah and their children Elizabeth, 5, and Michael, 3, began a blog documenting their upcoming adventures at sea. The family bought a boat, an Antares 44i, and is setting sail to travel around South America.
After spending 18 years in the human resources and technology field, Mark Silverstein was ready for something new. So, he decided to take a sabbatical in order to spend more time with his family. His wife, Sarah, is a certified teacher and graduate of UT Martin. She will be homeschooling, or “boat schooling,” her children as they sail together in Brazil, the Caribbean and beyond.
Sarah said, “The teaching degree and instruction that I received from UT Martin have given me the confidence to homeschool my children while we are traveling.” She added, “I feel much better equipped to be successful in assessing, planning and teaching with the experience and information that my college education provided.”
The travel experiences will allow Mark and Sarah to teach Elizabeth and Michael about different cultures and languages first hand. Sarah said, “There are some things that I miss about the traditional classroom such as smart boards, learning centers and cooperative group learning, but the benefits of learning a new language, experiencing a new culture and opening our children’s eyes to a larger world far outweigh the costs.”
To follow the sailing adventures of the Silverstein family, check out their blog at www.svfieldtrip.blogspot.com.