With school beginning all over the U.S. a lot of people stop traveling due to school schedules and the fact that most school districts don’t consider travel as an excused absence, although, there are exceptions. There is a growing movement towards homeschooling, and one advantage to doing that is that you’re free to travel whenever you wish, any time of year.
If you do home school your children, one way to open up more time for travel and other adventures is to have a very organized classroom dedicated to teaching your children. Chaos makes it hard for children to learn, there are just too many distractions. In this video, Sabrina Soto shows some excellent back to school tips for organizing the classroom setting. She shows how to use Velcro products to help increase efficiency and create a clutter free setting, thus making it easier to teach your children, along with making it easier for you to take time to do some educational travel.
When you travel, you open up a whole new world of educational opportunities for kids. For example, on a cruise, you will usually stop in different ports of call. Not only can you do activities that are very educational, children seem to learn and remember better, those things that have a hands on type experience. Aquariums and Zoos can offer opportunities for a biology lesson. The many Mayan ruins, in Central America, can help to teach history and culture. Scuba diving or snorkeling can teach them about the ocean and the various creatures found in the sea. Visit a museum so they can see the history and culture and go out of the touristy areas and explore the unique and interesting people that live there, and how they live. The possibilities are endless!
For a day trip, closer to home, you can visit museums, art galleries, arboretum or if you have one in your state, an observatory. A weekend trip to the mountains can give you opportunities to teach them about wildlife, flora and fauna, the streams, rivers or lakes in the area, or maybe take a hike to a waterfall and discuss where the water comes from and where it will end up. Geology is also a good subject to teach while in the mountains, as there are so many different layers of rocks you can, sometimes, see. Depending on the age of the child, you can make it very simple, or teach them more complex lessons, all under the guise of having fun. A lot of times the kids don’t even realize they are learning and they tend to retain those things a lot longer, simply because they were having fun.
If you live in a state where gold was found, try taking them to a mountain stream and panning for gold, that can be a very educational trip, and they have fun doing it. So watch the video and put these classroom organization tips to use so you can use your valuable time for the important things in life!