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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
    Democracy Started Here »

    On our big Ancient History tour, Gus and Jeb discover the spot where democracy was born.

  • June 18th, 2011
    The Sphinx and Me »

    Jeb and his family visit the Sphinx and find out what’s behind that famous, stony face.

  • June 9th, 2011
    Ride Like an Egyptian: The Pyramids by Camel »

    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
    Making a Meal Out of Meal Worms »

    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
    Ice, Ice Baby »

    A rare snow day in Austin leads to some scientific questions and lots of snowball throwing, of course!

Recent Blog Activity

  • Motherofsmall March 13th, 2014 by Jeannie
    First the Blog; Now the Book »

    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!)

  • The view doesn't get better than this. Here we are out on Jackson Lake in front of the Grand Tetons. August 10th, 2013 by Jeannie
    RVing Through the West »

    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
    On the Road Again »

    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
    WHY PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS IS LIKE ROADKILL »

    I’m on week 4 of my news black out and let me tell you, ignorance is bliss at a time like this.

  • Me with my umbrella and map--my two essential accessories in Tokyo. Aren't you glad I didn't post any photos of bathrooms!! September 4th, 2012 by Jeannie
    The Chinese and Japanese Unmentionables »

    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.

  • This is a famous sumo wrestler at a train station in Tokyo. We had just been to a sumo museums. Sumo wrestlers are very big, but it's the sumo way. September 3rd, 2012 by Jeb
    Sayonara Japan »

    We were in Japan for eight days after leaving China. It was really different but still fun.

  • August 27th, 2012 by Gus
    Hiroshima: Another Day That Will Live in Infamy »

    Going to Hiroshima wasn’t easy, but it gave me a lot to think about.

  • A Mao wood cut in Lijiang. The store owner fussed at me for taking this photo--as if an image of Mao was intellectual property or something. August 25th, 2012 by Jeannie
    How Now Mao? »

    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).

  • Here we are in front of the Mitsubishi Pajero that our wonderful driver, Tian Ha, steered through dangerous roads. August 22nd, 2012 by Jeannie
    The Butt-Clenching Road to Tibet »

    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.

  • A monk at the monastery. What a great view the monks have! August 20th, 2012 by Gus
    Climbing into the Sky »

    Correction: I’ve found a new “most beautiful town in China.” Tagong!