5. A typical day on board?
What was a "typical day" at anchor?
| At anchor in Cayo Largo, Cuba
School 8am/9am to 12pm every day except the weekend. Concerning holidays, we did not follow the French vacation schedule but instead took holidays during visits from friends or family from France.
Louise took the CNED (National Centre for Distance Education -
Centre National d'Enseignement à Distance in French) courses for CM1 and CM2 (CNED deserves a chapter to itself! Although it is undeniable that without this service, schooling would have surely been more complicated!)
Roméo worked with us on his kindergarten program. But as he was part of the "morning class," he of course listened to and participated in various subjects Louise studied: visual arts, music, history, geography.
After lunch, we spent the afternoons walking ashore and exploring. We were always moving. We took the time to explore each island, each country... In the Caribbean, we stayed at least one month at each island.
Fred and I each had our own subjects to teach the children, (science for monsieur, literature for madame!) That allowed the children to have two teachers and two teaching methods. As for us, it allowed us to have a morning off for our various activities (Kite surfing, diving... or shopping or tidying up!)
What was a "typical day" on passage?
| Catching tuna underway
During our first passages, the children would often spend hours lying around, doing nothing. Roméo got seasick during the first year and then it passed. We took advantage of passages (when calm!) to study history and civics, which are "easy" subjects to explain.
We also listened to many podcasts, like the Petits Bateaux ("Small Boats") program on France Inter.
Passages were real moments of discussion and exchange. During stormy weather, we each found a corner and waited patiently! Only rarely would we put on a movie.
Again, we had observed too many children who spent long hours in front of cartoons, or on their tablets. We had our little Friday night ritual of watching a movie, where our salon was transformed into a real movie theater! We took advantage of these evenings to introduce our children to Les Louis de Funès (films with a famous comic French actor) and other French classics. One evening we watched " Home ". This documentary made a great impression on the children; we talked about it for months!
Passages are also synonymous with trolling, identifying, cleaning, preparing the fish we caught.