How do you homeschool when you're never at home? Carschooling! Diane Flynn Keith coined the term in her 2002 book about learning on the road. What better way to take advantage of a captive audience!
By homeschooling on the go, busy families can keep up with their schedules of field trips, support group meetings, sports and other activities, without neglecting their studies. Roadschooling also allows families to travel with spouses who work out of town, take lengthy vacations or even spend months traveling in a recreational vehicle.
Audio books a mainstay of homeschool traveling. They not only appeal to auditory learners and improve auditory processing skills, they are a great way to keep kids quiet in the car!
Audiobooks are both entertaining and educational. My family loves Usborne's CD packs, which feature lively background music, fun sound effects and an accompanying illustrated book which helps hold the attention of visual learners.
We also love storyteller Jim Weiss' audio recordings. Mr. Weiss tells stories in a captivating manner that appeals to children as young as three. Among his history offerings are Susan Wise Bauer's The Story of the World and G.A. Henty's historical fiction. They are a fun way to homeschool history.
Usborne's 50 Travel Games and Activities features a pack of cards that each contain simple travel game instructions. 100 Things to Do on a Trip is a pack of wipe clean cards containg puzzles, mazes and other fun activites.
Don't overlook the importance of conversation. Talk to your kids about religion, politics, science, history or whatever happens to be on their minds. It is sometimes helpful to have challenging conversations in the car. Many children open up more readily when they are engaged in other activities or not making eye contact.
While carschooling can help you make the most of time spent in the car, take care not to overdo it. Choose one or two simple ideas to implement at a time, and don't feel pressured to schedule every moment.
For a specific carschooling curriculum, visit Diane Flynn Keith's website, Carschooling.
For information about homeschooling in an RV, visit Families on the Road.
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