In our homeschool this week… we took a last-minute “field trip” to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, tagging along with my husband who had business there. This type of homeschool travel opportunity is one of my favorite homeschooling benefits!
If you have never considered homeschooling while traveling, check out my tips for how to plan homeschool travel on Hip Homeschool Moms.
With two days to plan, I switched into high gear to put together a Wyoming unit study using free resources on the Internet and picked up a few helpful books at the library, so we could make the most of learning opportunities while on the road. In case you missed it earlier this week, here are my tips for creating a unit study on the fly.
Of course, anytime we travel as a family we are looking for adventure and fun. But as a homeschooler, I also recognize that there are so many hands-on learning opportunities that we can take advantage of when we’re “in the field” with a homeschool travel approach. For this trip, we visited the historical sites in town and toured the Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum.
We were staying in a historical hotel, The Wort Hotel, which had its own collection of splendid art on display and historical photos adorning the halls. What a treat!
On our tour of town, we enjoyed learning about the area’s “wild west” history and diverse cultural influences.
And to celebrate May Day, we danced in the snow… will spring ever come to the Rocky Mountains?
The next day we took a shorter-than-planned tour in the Grand Tetons National Park… shorter because all the late spring snow made hiking nearly impossible. Instead we drove through the park looking for places to stop and watch the abundant wildlife near the road. Science and nature study time! Word on the street in Jackson Hole was that everything we were looking forward to spotting were roaming quite close to the roads.
Despite the wintry weather, it is clearly spring in the animal kingdom! We saw a large herd of bison roaming with many new calves at their sides. We also saw families of trumpeter swans with their little gray signets swimming close by. We even saw several pairs of moose traveling together through the willows near the road. The large elk herd in the nearby elk refuge was a spectacular sight as well.
We were fortunate to have perfect “day after” snowstorm weather, which provided breathtaking views of the Grand Tetons mountains. I couldn’t stop taking pictures, but here are a few of my favorites…
My girls favorite thing this week was… Since we didn’t spend an extra night in Jackson Hole, we were able to stop overnight to visit our homeschooling friends who now live in Casper, Wyoming. They have three daughters who are almost the exact same ages as our three girls, and they used to live around the block from us. It was great to reconnect with our friends, see their new home, and tour their new town as part of our homeschool travel schedule. I am pretty sure the girls would say this was the highlight of the trip!
How was your homeschooling week? What highlights warmed your heart? What struggles are you dealing with? Do you ever get a chance to incorporate travel into your homeschooling plans? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
This post is part of the following link-ups:
- The Homeschool Mother’s Journal on iHomeschool Network
- The Weekly Wrap-up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers
- Collage Friday at Homegrown Learners
- Our Days at A Mama’s Story