Homeschooling On The Road
by Megan Mora Fuentes
Homeschooling on the go is becoming more popular and for some families, it is a necessity. One of the main benefits is the flexibility to use our time as best fits our families. You may schedule family trips and vacations in the off-season, taking advantage of lower prices, smaller crowds, less traffic, and unique experiences. You may use weekly travel time to catch up on language arts, listening to audiobooks as you go about your business. Or you may be really into field trips right now and spending a lot of time experiencing living history and hands-on learning. Whether you’re planning a late summer family vacation, or looking for ways to utilize time spent in the car throughout your normal homeschool week, check out this Homeschool Living for some great ideas for homeschooling on the road, tips for planning and staying organized on the go, and ways to make your family homeschool trips memorable, educational, and fun!
If you frequently find yourself and a child or two waiting on another child to finish a music lesson, sports practice, or other extracurricular activity; or if you live a fair distance out of town and spend a few hours of travel time in the car while running errands through the week, this list from The Homeschool Mom is a great resource. Check out these ideas of handy items to have available in your car in order to take advantage of a spontaneous field trip opportunity, save time and hassle looking for lost extra-curricular supplies, and be able to utilize some of that “wasted” travel and waiting time.
On The Go Resources
This mom shares some great resources for “carschooling” in her blog post. Being able to use car time to work on language skills, comprehension, fine motor skills, and retention can be very freeing, helping you to regain some of the “lost” hours you spend traveling. She also endorses a low-pressure approach to carschooling, being sure to have supplies and resources available, but not requiring specific tasks to be completed in the car. This is especially helpful as carschooling will need to be tailored to be effective for different students–not everyone is comfortable reading in the car, for example, and younger students may not have the motor skills to do many hands-on activities without help. Having the tools you need available and letting conversations, interests, and the natural flow of the day dictate how you spend your car time is a great way to practice effective time management without adding the stress of feeling that you need to plan lessons for every minute of a trip.
Check out this blog post for some great ideas of the types of places you can visit and explore while you homeschool on the go.
Planning a family road trip can be overwhelming, and even more so when you try to incorporate some educational elements into your time. Deciding what to focus on, how to engage the whole family, and where to spend your time requires a lot of planning and decision making. Check out these five ways to make a family road trip educational and fun.
Turn your family road trip into a family field trip with these 10 great ways to practice skills, learn from your environment, build enthusiasm, and keep the learning going, wherever you are!