But you don’t have to homeschool to embrace the educational opportunity of travel. Children enrolled in public and private schools enjoy the supplemental education that traveling provides on the weekends and during school breaks. Visiting historical sites and seeing artifacts up close and in person brings alive the content that students learn in school. And travel gives families who are locked into the rigor of a school schedule the opportunity to unwind and spend quality time learning together.
So, if you need to change things up a bit- after all, even the most dedicated academics suffer from burnout every once in awhile- why not take to the road for a bit? You’ll be surprised at how much both you and your children learn and how much closer you grow as a family. If you’re intimidated by the prospect- no desks! no meticulously organized bookshelves!- then read on for tons of travel tips, travel curriculum ideas, and over 75 educational destinations that will get you out the door and on the road:
Chapter 1: Curriculum
Of course, you could just load up the entirety of your current curriculum and pack it for the road. Barring reading-induced car sickness, your kids could tackle their everyday work from the backseat- plowing through workbooks and novels as you focus on navigating through traffic jams.
But when we’ve gone on road trips, I haven’t wanted to lug the stacks of books and notebooks that entail our regular curriculum. In addition to taking up much needed cargo room and creating a mess in the van, I don’t want to risk losing the substantial investment that is this multitude of books.
Instead, if I want the kids to work on a traditional, workbook style curriculum, I’ll bring along a combination workbook that covers several subjects. We’ve particularly enjoyed the Summer Bridge workbooks, which cover language and math skills along with a bit of character development or religious instruction (they have Christian and secular versions of the workbooks). These workbooks provide a nice change of pace from our usual literature-based approach, and they even sneak in some topics that I’ve inevitably failed to cover.