Welcome to our Week Without Walls page! We are incredibly excited to offer this amazing opportunity to the students of Tigris Academy!
What is Week Without Walls?
The idea is simple: Gather together a group of Middle school and high school students (ages 12-18) and have an intensive hands-on experience, immersing themselves in a cultural and educational experience. This is a unique opportunity to work with a group of their peers and leaders in situations that are far outside of the 'normal' educational experience. Students will travel to a designated country where they will engage in activities to experience economics, conservation, religious and cultural diversity, and advanced photography.
When I first heard of the program, I thought to myself, "Why would I do that when we already homeschool 'without walls'?" But as I thought about it, I realized what a huge benefit it would be for my older kids: they get to have an educational experience 'on their own' (not having to listen to mom's lectures all day), with kids their own age, AND in their same situation! The hope is not only that they get an amazing experience on their own, but that they can connect with other homeschoolers from around the world, make some good friends, and be empowered with a worldwide support network. What a wonderful opportunity to forge relationships and gain valuable knowledge and experience together.
As many of you know, this has been in the works for over a year. We've had a few starts and stops along the way, including some necessary date changes. We were planning to hold our program in August 2017. However, life sometimes happens! Due to many unforeseen circumstances, we've had to change to date. While this is unfortunate, we really believe the new dates will be even better! August is a difficult month, as that's when people are starting school, or perhaps you've just moved to a new country...or maybe you haven't even arrived yet! After pondering for awhile on a new date, it suddenly dawned: What month is the hardest month of the year? That month when the holidays are over, and yet there are still many months left until a summer break? February! We'll take advantage of the 'Winter Break' month and break up that last semester with an AMAZING adventure!
What is on offer this year?
Our Week Without Walls program for 2017-2018 will take place in Sri Lanka. What we will be doing:
We will be highlighting each activity AND location individually here on the blog as time goes on, adding more information to whet your appetite for learning and adventure!
The program is slated for February 18 through March 5/6, 2018. Stay tuned for future posts which will include bios on our photographer and guides, more info and links for our planned activities, a break down of what is covered with your tuition, application forms and deadlines, the educational aspects, packing lists, and a FAQs page. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to comment below, or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Logo Credit: Joshua Hendriksen--9th Grade Tigris Academy Student)
My name is Emily Hendriksen, and I'm a homeschooling mom of 5 years now, with 4 awesome kids in 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 9th grades. Some of my passions include music, cooking, reading, learning, and organizing crazy group field trips! We've lived in the US (all over), Cameroon, Finland, Jordan, and Sri Lanka.