Homeschooling in itself may seem like a daunting task but to do it while traveling long term may appear to be more so. However, if you treat every adventure as a lesson, every stop as an opportunity for your child/ren to learn something new. Every species of plant can be a lesson in botany or horticulture. Make plans to stop at historical sites and read up on them before getting there. Some states have Living History Museums in which families can take part in learning what day to day life was like during a certain period. Learning does not have to be linear nor does it have a time frame.
I have been homeschooling for many years. My youngest is fifteen years old and his interest lies in video game development. Although he is not an avid reader as his older siblings are, I feel he just hasn’t found the right books that draw his soul. He does love history, geography, geology, and cartography which all can be incorporated while traveling the US or even abroad. We have traveled from one end of the country to the other. He has loved visiting sites such as the Diamond Crater in Arkansas. We made new friends, learned about different state’s flora and fauna, and we saw some very interesting animals and plants.
Create a bucket list with your child to cover their interests. Which state most interests your child and why? What would they like to see and experience?
Homeschooling does not have to be rigid. It makes for a more wholesome experience if it is fluid and natural. This is not saying you can neglect the foundations of learning. Children should still learn the basics of math, writing, and reading. There are many ways, however, to make this painless for both parent and child. There are so many ways to incorporate this into everyday learning.
All children have different learning styles and knowing which style is best suited for your particular child would make learning easier and more engaging. Is your child an auditory learner? Do they pick up information by hearing? Are they kinesthetic? Do they learn more quickly by being hands-on or do they need to move around? Perhaps they are visual and love graphs, pictures, or even videos? Do they learn better in groups or alone? So many choices to explore to find the best approach.
On a road trip, you can make use of audiobooks, videos, books, games, and other means to facilitate learning.
It might be a good idea to invest in unlimited data with an added hot spot to add a computer or other devices for unlimited internet usage.
Check out your local library to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies, etc. through Hoopla which is a wonderful asset.
Are you visiting other countries? This is the perfect time to immerse children in a different language, compare the differences between home and the country being visited, learning folklore and local tales and so much more.
The world is an open place just ready to help with teaching a child. Traveling will make lasting memories and will hopefully encourage a child to learn more about the places around them.