This time of year in the United States, kids are starting to go back to school. But for our world schooling family, we’ve pretty much been schooling our kids since we left Seattle.
We recently spent time with some friends in Salt Lake City, another world schooling family like us, and their kids were lamenting about how they can’t do any more play dates during the week because their friends were all going back to school.
We’re still relatively new to the world schooling life, and we’re still trying to find our groove when it comes to teaching our kids. But the one thing I do enjoy about learning on the road is how flexible and spontaneous it can be. Travel is educational, in and of itself. But there are certainly ways that you can make the education a bit more guided and focused.
Here’s a snapshot of the subjects our family was exploring this past week:
On Monday, we visited the Museum of the Rockies and explored their guitar exhibit. The kids had a fun time learning about how different instruments can make different sounds, and even how guitars have been made throughout the course of history.
While at the Museum of the Rockies, we checked out the Pioneer exhibit, the Native American exhibit, and the Dinosaur exhibit. The kids had a chance to learn about the people and creatures that lived in Montana.
We also read a Magic Treehouse book as a family this week that was all about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. The kids learned about the devastation that occurred after the earthquake.
We spent a whole day exploring Yellowstone National Park. The kids learned how geysers like Old Faithful erupt. And we also learned about the bears and animals that live in the area.
At the end of the week, we camped and hiked at Arches National Park. The kids learned about the ecology of the desert, and explored the natural arch formations that are so popular in the park.
My kids love watching Wild Kratts, so as a writing exercise, I had them write letters to the Kratt brothers. I took pictures of the letters, and plan to send photos to them via their Facebook page.
It’s been hot as we’ve been traveling from Montana down to southern Utah. During one of our travel days, I had my daughter record the temperature at several points during the day. And at the end of the day, she plotted it on a line graph.
We also spent an afternoon this week at The Leonardo, a fun museum in Salt Lake City. The kids did math and science based puzzles and activities, and also saw some interesting optical illusions.
Since we’ll be traveling to Mexico at the end of the year, we’ve been using Duolingo to learn some Spanish words and phrases. It’s one of our favorite travel apps we’ve been using lately!
As a world schooling family, our daily lessons aren’t always formal, but I do try and make sure we incorporate some aspect of learning into our daily activities. We like going to museums, or reading books out loud that showcase a certain part of history.
It’s amazing to see how inquisitive the kids are, they truly do want to learn, and they’re always coming up with their theories to explain the things they see. Part of the journey for our world schooling family is to guide our kids in finding the answers to the questions they ask. Often, I don’t always know the answer myself, so it’s almost as if we’re learning together.
I have to admit, it’s been a bit strange, to know that we’re not going to be taking part in the whole back to school tradition that the rest of the country is doing. For our family, learning happens every day.
But we’ve enjoyed the experiences we’ve had so far. And the kids have enjoyed the less frantic pace of our day to day. We don’t miss the back to school madness one bit! I’m not anti-traditional schooling, but as we travel, being a world schooling family seems to be the best option for enriching our kids’ travel experiences with learning.
What’s your family doing for back to school?
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