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Homeschooling On The Go When You Aren’t “On The Go”. Can you believe I have been writing about Homeschooling On The Go for Living Life & Learning for a year now? One WHOLE year. So how does it work when you aren’t “on the go”?
Homeschooling On The Go When You Aren’t “On The Go”
My addiction to be “On The Go” is so bad that I really do get annoyed being home. I become grouchy and quite frankly, I am hard to deal with. With that being said, I told Marty that I would be better in 2017. So, here I am, being better.
2016 was a very busy year for us with traveling. We logged right under 100 days of “travel”. I keep remembering more days so the number will fluctuate. When we are gone, we do school work but our days would probably be considered “unschooling”.
According to Wikipedia (not the best for education terms), “Unschooling is an educational method and philosophy that advocates learner-chosen activities as a primary means for learning.” We plan our day around places or things we want to see and their “school work” just falls around it. My main goal while on vacation is for Bubba to get math and language arts completed and read. Rea and Kb have to do some work but they learn exponentially more “unschooling” on our trips.
Fast Forward to being at home, Marty bought me a laptop (so I could stop making excuses about using our desktop) to write the kid’s lesson plans. I sit at the dining room table and we all work together on school days. The girls actually enjoy hearing him read out loud and pay attention to his middle school readers. Being at home means we actually get more school work done.
Being at home, we are more structured and our days are very typical.
The bees wake up, have breakfast, and we get started on our schoolwork around 8 a.m. Recess/P.E. is around 11 a.m. with lunch at 12 p.m. After lunch, we wrap up any work we didn’t get completed which means Bubba finishes up a subject or two. They will read or play together outside. Our “homeschooling on the go” is in the car during the week when traveling to TaeKwonDo, Dance, Gymnastics, Awanas, etc. Bubba does his co-op work then (he has Geography and Anatomy and Physiology). Those fit into our schedule fairly well and lets us get out and about then home in time for dinner, more playing outside with the neighbor kids, shower, and bed.
Wash, Rinse, and Repeat. That’s what our days are like at home. They can get boring. This is why I get annoyed easily. I just like the adventure. And Marty has called it our “Adventure & Chill”. We go, go, go, and then we stay home for a bit. Repeat. We go, go, go, and then we stay home for a bit.
One of the main ways we (really I) get over the “home” part is just getting out. We will spend a couple of hours outside at our local children’s museum. The bees love the beach so we hit up the sand and waves. We meet up with friends or we “tour” our own city. It’s the little things that make up for not being “on the go”.
How do you balance homeschool and travel?