Everyone loves a great day out, don’t they? A field trip or a community day is often the highlight of a homeschooler’s week. Few things beat pushing back from the book work and table work for some engaging interaction and learning in a different setting. Did you know those are the same reasons why so many homeschoolers love to travel? But there are so many more!
Here are my top reasons why travel for homeschooling families is such a good teaching tool.
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Family travel experiences create a great ‘testing’ environment for homeschool families.
Now, our family is not too strict on tests much before high school. We enjoy promoting the love of learning and feeding a curious mind with exciting resources. Travel, however, is a perfect way to test your kiddo’s knowledge on a subject, era, or concept. Using travel printables, games, and apps are a great way to have fun and test knowledge at the same time as you travel for homeschool.
For example, perhaps you’ve been studying Colonial America and the US Westward Expansion. A trip to the east coast, the Pacific Northwest, or even California offers great history knowledge check-up or review. Along the way, begin asking questions like, “Tell me everything you know about Colonial America.”
After a discussion, you might move onto playing a license plate game (great for road trips) or even seeing if anyone can say (or sing, if you’re at our house) all the US Presidents or the US States and Capitals. Surely, someone will groan, “Not again…”, but as soon as someone starts humming the tune, everyone joins in, right?
Now I’d say that’s a great review activity or knowledge check on your way to visit a museum or take a tour! The kids are even primed with a fresh working knowledge to expand on when they experience related information in a new context. Bonus!
Don’t you just love traveling & learning about history? The same ideas can be applied to science or literature, and even art and music – although you might want to try something like “Name that Tune” as a game for remembering composers.
Travel for homeschool is a great way to maximize family time.
After all that hard work during the school year, it’s time for some quality family time! Creating opportunities to explore hobbies, new interests, and outdoor activities are the building blocks of family travel adventures.
Whether you ‘divide and conquer’ in order to let everyone see their top exhibit in a city or the entire family decides to go rock climbing as an extra special ‘experience’ gift to celebrate someone special. Family travel is a fun way to enjoy each other’s company and encourage investment in people – not things!
Travel for homeschool is a chance to teach life skills.
Life skills are so important! Whether it’s how to pack a suitcase or campsite set-up, life skills can be easily taught through thoughtful family travel. Planning meals or activities is another way to teach budgeting and organizational skills.
Map reading comes to life and finds its purpose when you let the kids lead the way on a self-guided walking tour. Here’s more about teaching life skills.
Grab your gear! Let’s go!
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Shannan is a wife, mum, and saved by grace child of The King. Her home base is in Scotland, where she homeschools her two kids (ages 12 & 15) and learns on location throughout Europe as much as possible. She is a classical/Charlotte Mason style home educator living out her God-breathed dream of raising her family in Europe. She’s passionate about many things, especially helping others learn on location using the world as their classroom. She encourages you to pursue your God-breathed dream, no matter what it is! You can join her at Captivating Compass for homeschool and family travel inspiration.