As homeschoolers, family vacations can happen at any time of year. In fact, homeschoolers delight in traveling in shoulder or off-season to capitalize on the experience with more affordable transportation, cheaper lodging & fewer crowds. So let’s kick it up a notch and maximize on the opportunity with some ideas for intentional family travel.
It’s time to hang out together and learn something all at the same time! No matter where you live or how far away you are traveling, these tips will help you turn your family vacation into a traveling homeschool adventure. Let’s go!
Whether you are an unschooler, worldschooler, Charlotte Mason follower, online charter school member, or any other flavor of homeschooler, you can fold learning into your family’s travel rhythm and create some super fun intentional family travel plans.
These 3 tips for learning on location while traveling will get you out the door and on the road…or plane …or train…or boat…or……sky’s the limit!
Ask this: What are your kids passionate about? Technology? History? Literature? There are always traveling exhibits, local tours and hands-on workshops that are close by, or happening in a city you plan to visit.
Do that: Make a special day of getting out and enjoying learning on location in your town or even in another state or country. It’s often fun to plan these types of trips after finishing a topic. Going and learning more, or applying knowledge is a great way to make facts stick and bring a sense of reality and purpose to the subject studied.
Plan To Make a Memory
Ask this: Where do we want to go? What do we want to do? What can we learn there? What will make it memorable?
Do that: Plan a vacation! Make time to capture family memories and learn something new all at the same time. Pick your destination and then explore aspects of learning based on the location, its activities, and attractions. Don’t forget to consider special events in the area at the time of your visit. Learning has a whole new vibe when you’re just hanging out having fun as a family at the museum, aquarium or even a nature study hike.
Deep Dive Into Learning About Your Destination
Ask this: What is the history of this city, state, region, country? What famous or notable people have been (or lived or got their big break here). How have things changed in the last 100 years here, 200? 500? Longer?
Do that: Do your research, grab your textbooks, consider what you have learned and what you plan on teaching and ‘connect the dots’ with things that pertain to the area you are visiting.
Follow Your Natural Style
Depending on your education style, your family might be learning chronologically. For example, this next year you may be learning all about the Middle Ages. This is a great opportunity to plan some extra learning on location that corresponds with all the different aspects of the time period of study.
Create Your Own Unit Study
Studying art, science, literature, history, geography, and even math of the Middle Ages will bring a richness and depth to your homeschool that will create a solid foundation of knowledge. Deep dive into a specific era to learn more about while traveling by visiting local, regional, or even international cities that have exhibits, museums, workshops, and tours that will help bring your specific era of study to life for your family.
Focusing on a time period and the specific events and people that made it great is a perfect way to gain a broader worldview. For older kids, plan for some interesting discussion as they begin to compare, and analyze things from various perspectives, and opinions.
What’s your Family’s ‘Learn on Location’ Style?
Pulling it all together and planning your family’s traveling adventures can be overwhelming. It’s a big enough task to plan the curriculum and make it happen on a daily basis. Going to the next level by adding excursions, activities, field trips and extended vacations is daunting.
The first step in creating opportunities for homeschooling while traveling is understanding your family’s learning and travel style. Start with this fun game.
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Shannan blogs about learning on location using the world as your textbook. Read more about travel and homeschool adventures at www.CaptivatingCompass.com. Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.
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