There are numerous benefits to homeschooling. One of our favorites is the freedom it gives to travel. My husband is often out of town for work and since we homeschool, we like to join him on his travels. For the most part, we are able to keep up with our homeschooling while we are away. Today, I wanted to share a few ideas on how we homeschool while out of town.
- Bring work that is easy to travel with: Some of our textbooks are big and bulky, making it difficult to fly with. In the weeks preceding our trip, I will double up on the classwork for these subjects. I always bring math, spelling, and language arts. If necessary, I make copies of worksheets for the time we are gone. Workbooks that are small I also bring with us. I prepare a folder for each child with all the worksheets for each subject as well as lined paper to write on. We also bring a small pencil box with pencils, crayons and a sharpener and we have everything we need to do schoolwork while away.
- Do activities centered on books: Traveling affords extra time for reading, whether it’s on a plane or by car. I bring books to read that are related to what we are currently studying, including historical biographies, science books, and our read aloud’s. It’s also a great time to do book reports. While on a recent trip, I brought a book report printout with us and had my son complete it for one of the books he read during our travels.
- Upload educational games and movies to electronic devices: Before we leave, I upload shows and movies to any electronic devices we are bringing that relate to what we are currently learning. Many of the shows from the History Channel, Science Channel, and National Geographic are available for uploading. I also add math, reading, geography, and other educational games to these devices. This helps with math drills as well because we don’t have to bring all our flash cards with us and instead use our electronic devices instead.
- Use the time away to go on field trips: We don’t go on as many field trips at home and save them for when we go out-of-town. I research the area we are visiting and find the aquariums, children’s museums, science centers, and history museums to go to for field trips while we are away. Recently, we’ve been studying ocean creatures in zoology so while we were in Washington, D.C. on vacation, we visited the Smithsonian which has a large ocean exhibit. We were able to see many of the ocean facts we’ve been learning first hand.
It is possible to travel and keep up with homeschool. With some advanced preparation and planning, learning can take place on the road, in the plane, and at the hotel. Happy travels!
Christina Fox is a homeschooling mom to two boys, four and seven. She is also a licensed mental health counselor, writer, and avid blogger. When she has spare time, she can be found reading a book with a cup of black coffee by her side. You can find her sharing her journey at www.toshowthemjesus.com.