I always admire (and envy) parents who homeschool their kids on the road. I miss my nomadic days. Each day with my son was a million new opportunities to learn something new, for both of us.
I’ve always been way more enthusiastic about my sons’ education outside the classroom than I ever have been inside the classroom. Bad parenting dot com I know. Spelling lists and times tables are a drag… but learning about history and cultures and geography and languages while you’re travelling is exciting.
I also love finding unique ways to have fun with the kids, anywhere we are. That makes me sound like much a better mum than I am. I actually hate bitching and whiny kids and if anyone utters the words, “I’m bored” I feel like flaying them. So instead, I create weird games and conversations: it entertains my sons and stops me from strangling them. It’s win-win really.
I wrote the Everywhere Activity Book to share some of these ideas. I break the book into places that we visit with our children and give dozens of ideas to make that place interesting. Treasure hunts, games, conversation starters and ideas to entertain. Places like the:
- Art gallery
- Swimming Pool
- Park & playground
- At an airport
- On a plane
- In the car
- Waiting in a queue
- In a waiting room
- Restaurant or café
I’m also a great believer in getting kids off their devices and engaged with the world around them, so this book helps.
Keep an eye out. I’m going to start a series of blogs on educating kids on the road.
Do you home school? Or just use travel as an opportunity to educate your kids? I’d love to hear about your experiences.