Keeping up with School Work While You Travel

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Homeschooling is growing in popularity all of the time. Over the last few months of the previous school year, many of us were forced into a life as a homeschooler, helping our children adjust to a rather scary lockdown while trying to maintain some educational standards. Some people hated it. Homeschooling certainly isn’t right for every parent, child, or family. Sometimes, it just doesn’t work. But, some of these people who in March had never considered teaching their children at home are set to stick with it. They loved the extra time together, enjoyed getting to teach their way, and welcomed the chance to teach different things, with more flexibility. More importantly, for these lucky families, it worked. Kids were happy, parents enjoyed the challenge, and no one’s education suffered. 

One of the benefits of homeschooling that these new teaching families never got to enjoy, but are sure to be looking forward to is the ability to travel. Yes, when you teach from home, you have to offer a full-time education and stick to some form of a curriculum (even one you’ve devised yourself), but there are few regulations about where you do it. You can choose to travel, to take alternate holidays, or an extended break, or to teach on the road. 

Whether you are planning to travel all year, moving from one place to the next, or you just want to continue to teach on your family holidays, here are some tips to help. 

Choose the Right Accommodation

Teaching on the road and teaching at home aren’t the same. It won’t feel exactly like a holiday, but it won’t feel like school either if you get it right. This means that your choice of accommodation is especially important. You might need to make sure you’ve got desks and an internet connection, at the very least. If you plan to travel often or for extended periods, you may want to look at New Motorhomes For Sale for added flexibility. 

Routines and Flexibility

Routine is excellent when it comes to homeschooling. Everyone knows where they stand and what to expect from their days. This is true, no matter where you are. But, when you travel, while you should stick to it as much as you can, allow flexibility when it’s needed. Don’t miss out on a valuable educational opportunity, or the chance to see something special, because your schedule says maths. 

Stock Up on Resources

You may not have the same access to resources like pads and paper, printer ink, or workbooks on the road. So, make sure that you’ve got everything that you need, plus some extras before you leave home. 

Research Educational Opportunities

Most locations around the world are filled with fantastic learning opportunities. Remember, not all learning is done from a book or lecture. There will be unique chances while you travel. Make the most of them by doing some research and planning before you arrive, or even before you decide where to go. 

Give Yourself a Break

Take breaks, enjoy a holiday, and let your kids have fun. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself or your family, and take each day at a time. 

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  1. August 21, 2020 / 11:58 pm

    I feel like distance learning this year would be good for someone traveling but when my husband asked me to take a long weekend with the kids I thought about how many pounds of books we’d have to lug with us I said no. The online assignments and class attendance would be easy but their assignments still come from traditional textbooks which are heavy. We’d have to carry over 20 books for two kids.

    I guess with true homeschooling though it’s a bit different. Friends of mine started home schooling this year and are currently on a trip to Michigan from Ohio. It looks like they are having a blast and I’m sure their very organized mom is keeping them on task.

    Definitely something to think about. Maybe at Christmas or thanksgiving I might be more inclined to travel and school.

    • alittlebitsocial2
      August 25, 2020 / 4:41 pm

      Thank you Patty, it is a tough one to juggle. It would be easier with my son (9) than my 13-year-old daughter who is starting her important educational years. I have known many families who do it and I am in complete awe of them. Just to pack up and not worry for a few months. Thank you for reading 🙂

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