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We’re all very excited for what the switch to a homeschool lifestyle will bring to our family this fall. After doing independent study with Zoë last semester, we truly saw how we could bring the potential out in our children at home better than can happen in the modern classroom.
However, one thing we’re well aware of is that, if you’re not careful, everyone can get cabin fever when you homeschool in the same place you live every single day. Sometimes we just need to get out of the four walls of our home for a change of pace. Of course, as homeschoolers, we know that schooling doesn’t have to end when you walk out the door.
Here are 7 places you can homeschool away from home:
Maybe it’s just the nerd in me but I love the library for so many reasons. Besides the fact that it’s a great place to get books for studies and other resource materials. They often offer extra classes for adults and children’s book clubs. It’s a quiet place to study, read or check out new books. Most libraries even have computers you can use if you don’t have enough at home.
Map skills, reading science, physical education, biology, social interaction, geography (most zoos and aquariums are divided by local animals and those on other continents, etc.) and more! Yep sounds like a great and well rounded school day to me!
Local or state parks are a great place to take your school outside. They are great great place to read, sketch, do watercolors, study trees, birds and other aspects of nature. Many state parks have Learning Centers where you can go in and see animals and other specimens on display as well as get information for future studies.
Local co-ops offer a great chance for the “s” word (socialization) – both with other children and adults. They’re also a place where your children can take classes they might not otherwise have access to.
In the Car
Use your car as more than just a tool to get you from point A to point B. While running errands or traveling, pop in an educational DVD or CD. You can also bring a bag of flashcards, workbooks and other items to keep them busy and build up their minds while driving.
Use that trip to Mount Rushmore or visiting Grandma Betty in Virginia as an educational field trip. Kids can absorb so much information just by living and experiencing different places. However, you can up the learning factor by having them draw something they saw, write a paragraph/paper on it, create a map of the area or come up with another fun project.
On the Job
Depending on where you work and if it’s safe/appropriate for kids, you can make up your own take your kid to work day for you or your spouse and let your child get some real life experience. Practice filing, writing a memo, helping customers, straightening shelves, etc. If you work from home like us, you can even ask around to see if you have family members that might have interesting jobs that allow visitors.