Many thanks to Tammie Polk for today’s guest post – this is the start of a kids’ education series here at She Lives Free
I have a confession to make: I keep a list of zoos and museums in my purse when I’m traveling. When I make out our trip itinerary, I include educational field trips. If we are going to pass any landmarks or anything else educationally cool, I make time for us to stop and see what it’s all about. How many of you do this? You don’t have to hang your head nor raise your hand. I know!
Recently, I was trying to help a client of mine understand that her son taking an open road truck trip with his dad would yield several learning opportunities: learning about the truck itself, mapping out the trip and other map skills, CB lingo, etc. Just about any trip can be turned into some type of learning experience!
Diane Flynn Keith wrote a book called “Car-schooling” that I absolutely love. She basically tells you how to prepare for learning in the car. Her quick start guide can be quite helpful if you’re traveling on a whim. Think about the road games that you played as a kid. It’s time to pass those on.
What are some other things that you can do to keep learning going while traveling?
· Audiobooks– Depending on the length of your trip and how you are traveling, these can come in handy. Talk about what’s going on in the story and look for something related to it while you’re traveling. Consider choosing something that is related to your destination.
· Educational movies and DVDs– The best Christmas gift our girls have received was a portable DVD player. We were given two and we make good use of them, too. Since they come with headphones and remote controls, they can control them without us, which helps when you’re trying to figure out how you ended up an hour out of the way.
· Field trips– Remember that list I mentioned at the beginning? I keep it with me because, with attraction memberships we have in our home town, we’re able to go to other similar places for free or with a discount. For example, one of our memberships allowed us to get into the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for FREE, thus saving us almost $100, which we used for emergencies. Take them time to see where you can go and what you can do. Look at the policies on cameras and recording as well. The more you find out beforehand, the more you can get done once you get there.
· Visiting family– I can remember telling my 90 year old grandmother where I’d taken my girls on a recent trip to Alabama. She smiled and told us about other places that I needed to take them and how they related to history. Following the path of the Underground Railroad was pretty awesome! Family members will be able to let you know what’s going on in their city as well. Squeeze it in, if you can.
· Travel guides from city and state travel bureaus—Sometimes these have activities in them for kids to do while they are visiting. Plus, they make good souvenirs and can be used for future lessons.
These are just a few ideas for how to keep learning going. Some choose to travel with their schoolbooks. Some choose to wing it. Some choose to let the kids be free! Do what works best for you and yours! Let me know how it goes!