Books by Taryn
GRAB THE KIDS & GO!
A Practical Guide to your Family's Gap Year
This book is written specially for parents who long to discover the world with their kids, but are overwhelmed by seemingly insurmountable logistical, financial and emotional obstacles. It offers recommendations, advice and answers to questions, from how to design the ideal itinerary to match your budget, to how to have your home and pets cared for in your absence. Peppered throughout this book are anecdotes from the author's personal experiences. You will also find words of wisdom from other well-traveled parents who have made exploring the world an integral feature of their families' lives.
Taryn Ash, her husband, Sam and two kids, Declan and Scout, put their comfortable lives in the U.S. on hold for several glorious months, to embark on a life-affirming tour of 12 countries on four continents.
Together they camped atop a 4x4 in the Namibian desert, ate spicy cobra in Vietnam, taught English to enthusiastic youngsters in Zimbabwe, and earned blisters on their hands restoring a medieval fortress wall in southern France. They hunted for tropical shells with local children on a remote Philippine island, worked hands-on to rehabilitate monkeys and baboons in South Africa, and collected data on African wildlife for academic research. They splashed their ways through pitch-black tunnels speckled with florescent glow worms in New Zealand, practiced Buddhist chant under the tutelage of a wise monk in rural Laos, and learnt to kite board through the winds of the South China Sea. And that's not all.
This book was written with the sole purpose of helping adventure-minded parents to finally grab the kids and go.
THE WORLD IS THEIR CLASSROOM
A Practical Guide for World Schooling Families
While working hands-on to rehabilitate monkeys and tend to a wounded wild black rhino in South Africa, studying Buddhist meditation with a monk in rural Laos, and teaching English to children in Zimbabwe, their kids managed to complete a year's math curriculum in a third of the time normally required, write research articles on HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, and essays on efforts to save a coral reef in remote Philippines. While their family explored New Zealand by camper van, their kids learned extensively about black holes, thermal energy and seismology. They danced with San Bush people, attended a Herero tribal wedding in Namibia, and did restoration work on an ancient house in France, all while working their ways through stacks of classic novels and non-fiction accounts of the places they were visiting. And that's not all.
This book is a practical guide for traveling parents that covers strategies for teaching math, science, English and social studies to your own children on the road, while at the same time taking full advantage of the tremendous learning opportunities that travel provides. You'll find inside these pages logistical advice, materials recommendations, and sample assignments for all age groups.
In writing this book, Taryn drew from her 25-years experience as an award winning curriculum designer, college lecturer, high school teacher and stakeholder in a tutoring center in China.