Being a busy travel family sometimes means homeschooling on the road.
Today, we will talk about homeschooling on the road…
The dreaded “take the curriculum with you because you have been that busy” scenario.
As we talked about previously, I do love to just learn as we go, learn from our current surroundings and make the most of every daily opportunity to discover new things.
But, realistically, the books must get done and the curriculum must have some attention.
No matter what your method of homeschooling, there is always some kind of “curriculum” that you are supposed to be working from during that school year.
And, for a busy family who is homeschooling on the road, it can be extremely hard to follow the curriculum and “get it all done” in the course of a school year.
For us, that means choosing a curriculum that allows all my girls to learn the same things at the same time.
The topics of science, history, Bible, geography, foreign language and art can all be combined and made to fit all my girls’ ages and grade levels. That makes traveling with curriculum much, much easier.
Whether it is a long car ride or schooling at Grandma’s or taking the books to church with us, sometimes homeschooling on the road means bringing the curriculum with you.
Tips for Schooling on the Road
1. Be prepared. Plan ahead. Look over the books and choose lessons that don’t need a lot of supplies or extra materials.
2. Have a bag or rolling suitcase that will easily transport your books and materials.
3. If you are traveling in the car, take into consideration that reading or learning in the car can make some children carsick.
4. Try to choose places to do your schooling in a place with little distractions. Plopping yourself down in the middle of a playground will not be conducive to book/curriculum learning.
5. Have pencils sharpened before leaving home. Bring extras.
6. Prepare your kids that you are bringing books and tell them that they will be working on school during this outing or trip or car ride.
7. Prep family ahead of time. If you are bringing homeschooling to Grandmas or to Aunt so-and-so’s house, make sure they know you will need time/space to do school.
8. Look online to see if there is anything in the area where you are traveling or visiting that has anything to do with what you are learning. A zoo, a museum, a monument, a park, a store… that will keep what you are learning fresh in their minds and help keep them focused on what you are learning in your curriculum at that time.
Homeschooling for a busy family often involves schooling on the go and sometimes that mean bringing the books with you. I hope these tips are helpful for those times that you must bring the curriculum away from home.
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