Learn how to liven up your homeschool classroom by taking it on the road! Check out these ideas for homeschooling away from home.
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been homeschooling for almost 5 years now! It has been an amazing gift to give our children, but we also know that there are challenges when you decide to homeschool.
One of those challenges is tackling routine boredom… or getting stuck in a rut. 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.
You can literally turn any experience into a learning opportunity. Sometimes it just takes a little creative thinking, and getting out of the house is a great way to do that.
Where to Homeschool Away from Home
1. Visit the Library
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.
2. Take a Trip to a Zoo or Aquarium
Most people live within driving distance to a zoo or aquarium, which are both great places to homeschool! You can read about our homeschool trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to get some ideas.
You can cover topics like 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.
3. Get Outdoors at the Park
Local or state parks are a great place to take your school outside. They are great great place to read, work on an art project, sketch, do watercolors, study trees, birds and other aspects of nature. You can also take a hike for PE.
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. Our town has a Discovery Center where we go learn about the local flora and fauna.
4. Join a Homeschool Co-op
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.
Most local homeschool co-ops have a Facebook page, so search for your town and homeschool in Facebook groups to see if you can locate one near you.
5. Hop 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. If you have internet access, you can even use our Homeschooling with Netflix curriculum supplement.
6. Take a Family Vacation
One of our favorite things about homeschooling is the flexibility to travel. No matter where we are, our kids can be learning.
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.
You can up the learning factor by having them draw something they saw, write an age-appropriate research paper on it, create a map of the area or come up with another fun project idea.
7. On the Job Experience
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. They can practice filing, writing a memo, helping customers, straightening shelves, etc.
We work from home so our daughters are constantly learning about our work. If you work from home like us, you can ask around to see if you have family members that might have interesting jobs that allow visitors.
8. Shop at the Farmer’s Market
There are so many skills to be learned at the farmer’s market! Kids can learn about money and negotiating for price.
They can also talk to the farmer’s and learn more about where their food comes from. Then, you can take everything home and try a new recipe using the produce your kids picked out.
As you can see, homeschooling doesn’t have to be boring. There are so many wonderful places that you can homeschool your kids besides your house. Everyone will be much happier when you mix things up.