We are Robb Kendrick and Jeannie Ralston, and we have a world-class dream for our sons—literally. The world as their class.
We’ve always loved the idea of experiential learning, and initially, the plan was to spend a year traveling with Gus and Jeb, then 11 and 9, unleashing them from desks so they can learn about history, natural sciences, geography, architecture and cultures first-hand. But we had so much fun the first year that we decided to extend this wonderful time for another school year (and then another–up until they were 14 and 12.)
Traveling and learning are addictive.
Also, check out a new part of our website, called Go And Tell Network. We hope that Kendrick World Class eventually evolves into a site where kids (not just our kids) can share videos, blogs and photos about places and events that interest them.
Recent Go & Tell Activity
- July 20th, 2011
On our big Ancient History tour, Gus and Jeb discover the spot where democracy was born.
- June 18th, 2011
Jeb and his family visit the Sphinx and find out what’s behind that famous, stony face.
- June 9th, 2011
Jeb Kendrick and his family visit the Pyramids of Giza after the revolution and they go the old fashioned way–on camelback.
- February 24th, 2011
Gus goes to a bug show at the University of Texas and he really gets his teeth into one of the exhibitions, which makes him more than a hands-on learner.
- February 24th, 2011
A rare snow day in Austin leads to some scientific questions and lots of snowball throwing, of course!
Recent Blog Activity
March 13th, 2014 by Jeannie
Jeannie’s new e-book, The Mother of All Field Trips: Homeschooling two kids in 14 countries, is a shorter, condensed version of the Kendrick World Class blogs that has the added benefit of hindsight into what our crazy travels meant (if they meant anything at all!)
August 10th, 2013 by Jeannie
This year we decided to travel closer to home and explore one of the most beautiful areas in the U.S.–Wyoming and Montana. We decided to go by RV because 10 years ago we did a trip with a camper to the Grand Canyon and the boys still talk about how much they loved it. It […]
August 8th, 2013 by Jeannie
We’re traveling again and I’ll post a few photos and thoughts in a bit. It’s amazing that it was easier to communicate with the outside world when we were in China than in Yellowstone National Park. In the meantime, here are two links to two of our recent NY Times travel stories.
October 29th, 2012 by Jeannie
I’m on week 4 of my news black out and let me tell you, ignorance is bliss at a time like this.
September 4th, 2012 by Jeannie
Moving from China to Japan, we’ve been talking a lot about bathrooms. The quality of the bathrooms is just one of the more obvious differences between the two countries.
September 3rd, 2012 by Jeb
We were in Japan for eight days after leaving China. It was really different but still fun.
August 27th, 2012 by Gus
Going to Hiroshima wasn’t easy, but it gave me a lot to think about.
August 25th, 2012 by Jeannie
Images of Mao are everywhere in China, which is amazing considering his record. Here are a few favorites, with the most hilarious Mao reference at the end (scroll down for a hoot).
August 22nd, 2012 by Jeannie
I had no idea what I had gotten our family into when I planned a drive through the Tibetan regions of China. Only after we’d gotten home did I discover that I’d taken my kids on the third most dangerous road in the world, which might qualify me for Bad Mother of the Year award.
August 20th, 2012 by Gus
Correction: I’ve found a new “most beautiful town in China.” Tagong!