Anytime we have the opportunity to travel as a family, we are looking for fun and adventure. However, one of my favorite benefits of homeschooling is the chance to take a homeschool travel approach to the trip and seize the opportunity to learn on the road.
For example, we took a last-minute family trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, tagging along with my husband who had business there. I was able to turn this trip into a spontaneous “field trip” — complete with a unit study and scientific/historical tour — by creating a unit study on the fly. The basic idea is to make the most of learning opportunities while on the road whenever possible.
This week I am a guest contributor at Hip Homeschool Moms and I am sharing How to Plan for Homeschool Travel. Click through to the full post and find four simple steps for turning travel into a hands-on learning experience for the whole family.
Do you ever get a chance to incorporate travel into your homeschooling plans? Have you had the chance to homeschool abroad? What other ways do you incorporate learning outside the “classroom” of home?
5 Replies to “How to Plan for Homeschool Travel”
That´s amazing! YOu got a unit study in on the fly during the trip? wow! hehe… we do a lot of spur of the moment traveling too. My boys are use to me saying bring a book, let´s make sure to do some reading, or let´s look at some special trees and plants.
My favorite trip was when we collected tadpoles and brought them home from the mountains! We were camping and school was actually finished but we kept on learning.
Some days though, I must admit, I just don´t want to do any school at all.
I agree – you want to enjoy the traveling too, so we don’t do “school” the whole time. However, I’ve found it’s easier to prepare in advance and give the girls focus for what to look for, what we can see, what we can do, and a little bit of history & context before we go. Having a unit study notebook gives them a place to make notes, sketch, save postcards, etc. so that when we get home, we can wrap it up. We don’t usually finish while on the road, but they are able to experience, take photos and collect information for future study. It makes going home and doing more research more fun and meaningful.
Even if you don’t have time to plan ahead, you can always go back and plug in the things you experienced on your trip into a lapbook or some other tool to capture the “learning” part of the experience.
Great to hear from you
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