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Cruising the Caribbean with Kids: Fun, Facts, and Educational Activities (Rolling Hitch Sailing Guides) by [Slavinski, Nadine]
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The Caribbean is a sailor’s dream, with its steady breezes, beautiful islands, and fascinating history. Sailing as a family only makes the experience richer. But how do you keep kids occupied on and off the boat? How can you keep them tuned in to their unique surroundings? This book answers those questions and more. It’s intended as a resource for sailing families of all types, whether you're kicking back during a week-long charter, setting sail on the adventure of a lifetime, or hosting the grandkids on your liveaboard during their school vacation.

Covering topics from entertainment to education and safety to social skills, this book contains a wealth of information for first-time sailors and old hands alike. One special section covers the top family sailing destinations and activities in the British Virgin Islands, while another addresses highlights of the Eastern Caribbean. Sailors who set their sights on other cruising grounds will find that the principles of engaging and educating sailing children described in this book can be applied anywhere in the world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2452 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982771452
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rolling Hitch Press (19 April 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want to travel 10 March 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
We came across this book in course of our preparations for our sailing trip to the Leewards and the Windwards Islands. We have already been sailing with our two kids before, but we wanted to get some further ideas what to do with our kids on board and which locations we should not miss.

It is a great book, easy to read and well structured. It encourages you to take your kids on an extended sailing trip. The book is divided in three parts: (i) Fun – in particular dealing with the benefits of travelling as a family to keep the kids busy on board, (ii) locations/places to go and (iii) educational activities (in particular with a view to home-schooling).

The first part provides you with many valuable ideas what to do with kids on board. Various ideas are not Caribbean specific so it is worth to read this section, even if you consider to cruise in different areas. However, it should be noted that many ideas are based on the author's own experience with her kids. Therefore some proposed activities are not suitable for younger kids who can't read and/or do not speak the relevant local language.

The book has a good description of places to go. It is advisable to go through such list when planning your trip. It is also worth to take a copy with you on your trip. We did so and it prevented us from not doing a boat tour up the Indian River in Dominica. We talked about such tour with a friend in advance. Thereafter we struggled if such tour wouldn't be too scary for our kids. However, given that such boat tour was recommended in the book, we went on such tour and it was a wonderful experience for us and our kids we wouldn't like to miss.

Due to the age of our kids (4 and 6), the educational parts were not so much of our interest. However, on our journey we had some discussions with our kids which led us to Christopher Columbus and it was very helpful to go through some sections set out in the 3rd part of the book.

In the appendix of the book you will find an interview with the author providing for further useful information. I personally would have been interested to find some of the information provided therein in more detail in the first section of the book as well as some additional information.

Overall, a great book which inspired us when planning and throughout our journey.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of information to help you have a great sail with kids 20 April 2015
By Katherine Borkovec - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Easy to read, quick, and concise, this book is filled with information for those looking to sail the Caribbean with kids. As a former teacher, a mom of two young girls, and prospective cruiser I was eager to find out more about cruising with children. Slavinski filled the 100 pages of her latest book with both simple and elaborate ideas of what to do with kids on a boat, where to go, and how to make the journey both educational and playful.

The book is divided into three parts. The first part shares many practical ways to engage kids while at anchor and under sail. Although some ideas are so simple, I found myself saying "why didn't I think of that." The second part is all about great places to go with kids. Slaviski paints a beautiful picture of various island, the cultures there, and how to spend your time. A great resource! I only wish there were pictures to draw me in even more. The third part delves into education and socialization of kids on a boat. Not only is there a general overview of what this can look like on a sailboat, she also provides some very hands on learning field trips that I could definitely see myself referring back to when we take to the sea.

The book ends with a chapter from one of her other books, Lesson Plans Ahoy. Is is a well thought out tool that would be great to use for teaching kids of all ages (it is differentiated for all grade levels).

Overall this is an information filled book with practical hands on ideas for making the most out of sailing with kids. My only negative is I found the format difficult to follow and the flow from section to section not very clear (maybe due to the format I was reading it from, PDF on Reader) and I wish there were more pictures. I can't wait to get my family out on the water!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 21 April 2015
By Justin K Mason - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I found this book to be very informative and enlightening. My wife and I have a 9 year old and 1.5 year old. Our plan is to get the oldest through high school and then move aboard full time and cruise as a family. But enough about me. Overall, the book is well organized, easy and fun to read. It's not too long but contains a wealth of information to give you everything you need to tackle anything from a short family charter vacation to full time liveaboard with children. The focus is on enjoying family time and the natural environment that is all around you.
The information is obviously based on the author's personal experiences, and that makes the information way more valuable than any generic lesson plan book.
The focus is on how to keep children actively engaged as part of the crew and to keep their interest so they don't get bored or spend the whole time with their faces in their electronic devices.
One of the things I loved the most about the book was that Slavinski shows you how to take every day activities and turn them into learning opportunities for children of all ages. This is great, because you don’t have to spend a lot of money on learning materials or worry about stowing lots of expensive books. And another benefit of the author’s suggestions are that these activities will bring you closer as a family!
Many activities incorporate items that are right under your nose, but you might not stop to think about how they can become learning opportunities. You can expand on these suggestions and delve more into the history of the region.
Disclaimer – I responded to an offer by the author on Facebook and accepted a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. But I was going to buy it either way, and I also picked up her other book “Pacific Crossing Notes”.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sailing Family 19 April 2015
By Mike & Brittnie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is very useful for our family. Cruising with Kids is a helpful insight and reference. It's short pointers and tips help you understand the life of a cruising family in the Caribbean. Cruising the Caribbean with Kids showed me a lot of what is to come with sailing with our little one. The book held lesson plans and improvements to the excitement of learning. It was full of useful ideas on safety, health and happiness. Sailing with a child can be difficult but this book had great ideas on boosting your life with your child as they learn and grow. I personally enjoyed the well thought out quick reads in each chapter. Short, sweet and beautifully simple. We received a copy of this book for a honest review. Try this book out. I know we enjoy it. Great read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book of ideas for cruising families!! 20 April 2015
By BoatMom - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed reading this book immensely. The book was well laid out, had lots of good information, and definitely made me want to go cruising with my family again! The author obviously has real-life experiences which she imparts in an organized manner. As a family who has lived full-time on our motorboat for over 15 years, and completed 2 year-long cruises, I still wish I had read this book before we left on our journeys, or maybe even read it while underway. Nicki has great ideas on how to keep kids occupied under various situations, some fantastic real-life-schooling ideas, as well as how to help your family make the most of your cruising trip, whether you go to the Caribbean or not. I also like how, since the book covers cruising in the Caribbean, she gives a lot of information about Christopher Columbus’ travels, and how you can use that for numerous lessons & projects for kids of all ages. No matter where you traveled in the world, you could definitely incorporate her ideas for any explorer.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone traveling with children of all ages, especially under 14 years old.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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