Updated: Nov 20
One of the driving forces behind our decision to homeschool was the desire for the freedom to create lasting memories through unique experiences without the constraints of traditional school schedules. The beauty of homeschooling lies in the flexibility it affords us, allowing our family to embrace the concept of permissionless education. While we don't embark on trips constantly, the ability to seize opportunities and explore new horizons without the need for approval has been a priceless aspect of our educational journey.
The trip to Boston, made possible by Chad's work, perfectly encapsulated the essence of this permissionless education. Instead of worrying about seeking permission for excused absences, we could seamlessly integrate our educational endeavors with our travels. Whether exploring the historical landmarks along the Freedom Trail or immersing ourselves in the hands-on exhibits at the Museum of Science, each moment became an invaluable lesson in its own right.
Homeschooling has become the passport to our educational adventures, providing the flexibility to learn beyond traditional classroom walls. It's not just about textbooks and assignments; it's about fostering a love for learning through real-world experiences. As we meandered through the vibrant streets of Boston, the city itself became our classroom, and the lessons learned extended far beyond what any textbook could offer.
In embracing permissionless education, we've discovered the true essence of homeschooling — the ability to tailor our learning experiences to the rhythm of life's opportunities. As we continue this educational journey, we relish the freedom to weave travel into our curriculum, creating a tapestry of memories that will undoubtedly shape our understanding of the world. Homeschooling isn't just a method of education for us; it's a gateway to a world of boundless possibilities and the cultivation of a lifelong love for learning.
Exploring the Rich History and Vibrant Culture of Boston: A 4-Day Adventure
We recently had the incredible opportunity to embark on a whirlwind 4-day trip to the historic city of Boston, courtesy of Chad's work. Boston, with its rich history and vibrant culture, proved to be the perfect blend of fun, adventure, and learning. Despite a slight chill in the air, the city welcomed us with open arms and countless attractions to explore.
Day 1: Sunday Funday at the Boston Harbor Hotel & on the Freedom Trail
Our journey began with an afternoon arrival at the luxurious Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf. Nestled by the water and strategically located for easy access to major attractions, the hotel set the stage for an unforgettable stay. Eager to dive into Boston's history, we kicked off our adventure with a stroll along the iconic Freedom Trail.
Starting at the Boston Common, America's oldest public park, we explored historical landmarks like the Embrace Sculpture, Boston Massacre Memorial, the Central Burying Ground, State House, and Granary Burying Ground, where patriots of yore rest. A refreshing swim in the hotel pool and a relaxing sauna session capped off our evening. Embracing modern conveniences, we opted for Uber Eats, enjoying a cozy night in with the classic movie, National Treasure.
Day 2: Aquariums, History, and Lego Fun
Monday brought a perfect blend of work and play. While Chad attended to professional matters, Thomas and I ventured to the New England Aquarium, marveling at marine wonders. The day unfolded with visits to Paul Revere's House, the Holocaust Memorial, a surprise discovery of a park with an adventurous slide, and a playful afternoon at Lego Discovery. Thomas's excitement reached new heights when we introduced him to the Boston subway system.
A second round of Uber Eats, this time accompanied by National Treasure 2, brought the day to a close, leaving us eagerly anticipating more Boston adventures.
Day 3: Statues, Squirrels, and Science
Our penultimate day began with a leisurely exploration of the Public Garden, where we discovered the charming statues of Make Way for Duckling and encountered delightfully plump squirrels. A spontaneous visit to the Christian Science Church led us to the awe-inspiring Mapparium, a three-story-tall stained-glass globe. Our appetite led us to a delightful bookstore café serving the best pancakes, setting the stage for an educational afternoon at the Museum of Science.
Immersive exhibits, hands-on experiences, and three hours later, we reluctantly bid farewell to a museum that captured our hearts. The day concluded with a seafood feast, savoring the best Massachusetts has to offer.
Day 4: Children's Museum and a Quincy Market Farewell
On our final day, we hopped across the water to the Children's Museum. Quincy Market beckoned for lunch, offering an array of culinary delights. As we indulged in a variety of dishes and scrumptious desserts, we reflected on the memories we'd created.
Our return journey to DC had a touch of drama when our car decided to play hard to get. Thanks to a thoughtful Christmas gift from Dad, a trusty battery jumper saved the day, ensuring our journey ended on a high note.
Boston, with its blend of history, culture, and modern amenities, left an indelible mark on our hearts. As we reminisce about our 4-day escapade, we're filled with gratitude for the experiences shared and the memories made in this captivating city. Until next time, Boston – you've stolen a piece of our adventurous souls!
Here's a video of our adventure.