Dealing with Deployment
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Whether to homeschool during a
- When military homeschoolers PCS from one
state to another state, territory or commonwealth, or to a foreign country,
they follow the rules of their new home. Even though there may be a
change in the detail of homeschooling requirements (such as testing
may be a new requirement, or it may be that it is no longer a requirement),
this is by no means a situation affecting only homeschoolers.
Differences between schools, school systems and state laws have been a thorn
in the side of military Brats and their parents for decades. This is a
fact of military life and all families can be affected. The benefit
for homeschoolers is that their children have continuity of instruction and
won't 'lose credits' because a class is not 'recognized' by a new school
Whether to homeschool during a PCS
- A not-infrequent question on email lists is:
"Should we continuing homeschooling during the PCS?" The answer may
depend on your family outlook and your homeschooling style.
Some families choose to continue book learning during the PCS. Mothers
report that the schoolwork gives the children something to keep their
attention, and keeps them from 'losing ground' in their lessons during the
move. On one overseas move, before I heard about homeschooling, I used
a similar technique using one of E.D. Hirsch's children's dictionaries of
cultural literacy. I was the 'game moderator' and asked questions of
my child-'contestants' in a game of cultural trivia. We played the
game in the airports while waiting for our flights to be called.
A caveat on trying to continue regular lessons while traveling:
-- books are heavy
-- someone has to carry them
-- someone has to keep track of them
Items that might be more useful during travel, and few people will get very
angry if they're lost:
Goofy Mad Libs
-- Crossword books
Portable math games
Other families choose to make the PCS itself part of the homeschooling
experience. Geography, map-skills, financial-planning, and logistics
may all come into play during the move. By using a small notebook to
jot down various activity-times, or by using either a digital camera or
disposable cameras (if you're mailing the good cameras), to take snapshots
of the activities, you can accrue documented 'school time' without
textbooks, lessons or books.
Parks Pass can be useful if you are driving and your travel route will
take you past national parks. You can also find historical landmark
Perry-Castaņeda Library Map Collection from the University of Texas at
Another 'subject' in which the kids can accrue clock-hours is home-ec, or,
independent living. Learning how to properly clean a house you're
moving out of isn't a popular skill, but it is universally useful and in
line with 'lifelong living.'
Cleaning house at 21 Leharstrasse during the move
from Germany to Belgium
Information (I hope the military URLs stay put for a while.
They are the most unreliable of nearly all URLs. I'm guessing that each
time a webmaster PCSes, his or her replacement decides to put an individual
stamp on the website and changes everything. It's unhelpful and
For specific financial preparation information see your unit's finance or
general relocation information PDF booklet from Ft. Rucker
It's Your Move Military web site concerning PCSing
Military Education Coalition builds understanding between students and
educators Information on PCSing with a child in school
Passports for Diplomatic, Official, Military Dependent and Peace Corps
State Department website
Don't Do Another Military PCS Move (or any Move) Without Reading This!
(blog post by military wife)
- Overweight on Household Goods
If you are at or near you maximum household goods weight allowance you can pay
less to ship your books and some other educational materials by using the US
Media Mail. Overweight shipping fees can run anywhere from
$0 .50 to $3.00 per pound.
Full weight allowance permitted for Japan (2008 news article)
- About.com's US Military page on
Assignments and Moving
Shipping Your POV
MILITARY SURFACE DEPLOYMENT AND DISTRIBUTION COMMAND
- Helpful packing hints for your
-- Don't pack breakables in hold/unaccompanied/express baggage.
-- Hand-carry or mail (registered or certified) important papers
-- Wrap small items in dishcloths and pack them in Tupperware containers.
When you're unpacking it is very easy to overlook children's silverware,
cake decorating tubes, knick-knacks, and so on. Wrapping these items
in dishcloths or towels also cuts down on the amount of packing paper you
need to deal with later.
-- Don't trust movers to save all the nuts & bolts from disassembled items
-- disassemble the items before the movers show up, put the items in a
plastic freezer bag, and use packing tape to secure it to an unfinished
surface on the item.
-- Don't pack items and seal them so that the packers can't determine
whether or not the items are broken or damaged. Boxes that are sealed will
be marked PBO -- packed by owner -- and the movers aren't responsible for
the condition when you unpack.
-- Pack anything that can be damaged by water in 2-gal. Ziploc bags. Most
shipments don't get dropped in the water when they're being offloaded, but
every once in a while it does happen and I've seen the results. In 30
years it never happened to us (or to my parents), but I figured Ziploc bags
were cheap insurance.
-- If you think you might be over
the limit for your weight allowance, and you can't bear to part with
certain items, keep in mind that the
media rate through the post office is cheaper than
charges (scroll to "Excess Weight Can Cost Big Money").
Most homeschooling items qualify for media mail postage.
-- If you have anything that is not to be packed, put it in a particular
room and label the room as off limits. A large X of masking tape from
door jamb to door jamb gets the point across nicely -- in any language.
-- Put out the garbage before the movers arrive, and keep an eye on
things. I once -- Scout's honor -- picked a paper-wrapped item out of
a box during one quarters-to-quarters move, and unwrapped our stove-top percolator.
The coffee inside was still warm.
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Driving in the car (during
field trips; PCSing; vacations)
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