So, we travel A LOT. Everyone is always asking me where we are going next. This week we’re visiting the coast of North Carolina.My hubby is a catastrophe insurance adjuster. He helps people who have been affected by natural disasters with their insurance claims. It’s usually long hours a LONG way from home.
This means we travel to where he is frequently and luckily he’s been in some cool places so far.
However, frequent travel means homeschooling interruptions happen and to get a whole year of school in, we have to travel and homeschool. It’s hard, but we’ve figured some things out that keep us learning.
We use tech to stay sharp on skills.
We obviously can’t take all the math manipulatives with us. I would cry if we lost them all and we lose stuff in transit. It just happens. So, we use tech to our advantage.
My oldest does math with Beast Academy online and Typing Without Tears online. We gave her a refurbished laptop for her birthday. I know that if she does these two subjects she’s covering the regular skills. These are also part of how we help her overcome a learning struggle. Bonus points because we can access them anywhere.
We explore where we are.
In the last 18 months, we’ve been to Hot Springs, Ark., Orlando, St. Augustine, Atlanta, Boston, Gloucester, Mass., a driving tour of the Maine coast, Colorado Springs, Crested Butte, Col., Jacksonville, N.C., and we camped for a month in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota. That education is irreplaceable – traveling, exploring, planning, going to museums, reading maps, reading books about the places, climates, and people we visit. We’ve factored in at least a decade’s worth of senior trips to our children’s lives. I cannot replace this completely living education.
Experience is our greatest teacher.
Our kids have seen us work our way out of not being able to find a tow truck. They’ve seen us purchase a camper and a car. They’ve seen the problems we have to solve while not living in one place. They’ve seen us make plans, break plans, readjust plans, and change plans completely. We couldn’t replicate some of the experiences we’ve shared. And we wouldn’t want to.
We have incredible conversations.
The conversations we have about books, podcasts, movies, how things work, how to learn something, how the world works, how we experience faith, how we mess up, how we win and lose, and much more are irreplaceable.
We carry a pile of books with us.
Reading to our kids is one of our favorite ways to learn. It’s also a great way to school on the road. You can create a whole week’s worth of lessons with great picture books. You can get 5 books in every kid’s luggage and it’s easy to get a couple weeks out of that pile of books. Add in some basic school supplies, a few apps and you can get quite the education in a couple hours a day.
We use games and learning helps to our advantage.
I purchase workbooks that cover a number of skills from publishers like Kumon, The Critical Thinking Company, and Thinking Tree Books to take along. I glance at what we’re learning at home and assign extra practice in these workbooks.
We also have some staple games to play to practice skills that we’ve learned through Classical Conversations. It’s easy to practice math and memory work with a deck of cards, a pair of dice and a notebook. We also review our memory work via the CC app. That timeline song is an invaluable tool they will use the rest of their lives. Mad Libs and Bedtime Math make practice a game while we’re driving or waiting on a flight.
These are just some of the ways we make learning part of our lifestyle. We believe we learn everywhere and all the time. And we have a great time traveling and learning together.
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