Learning on Vacation

Learning on Vacation

We are homeschooling families, however, much of our learning happens outside of the home.

We look for opportunities to include field trips and educational travel into our homeschool activities as a way to help our children learn about the world around them.

People ask us if we intentionally add “lessons” to our travel and vacation plans.  Sometimes we do, but usually our learning on vacation happens naturally as we explore the places we visit.

Learning in Central Florida

Because we live in Central Florida we have shared many ideas for learning at one of the area’s major attractions – Walt Disney World.  If you are planning your vacation to Florida you may want to check out some of our ideas for learning at the theme parks with these articles from our site:

Literature Lessons from Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Learning at Epcot’s Behind the Seeds Tour

Studying History While Visiting the Magic Kingdom

Meet African Animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Learning at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

What Older Kids can Learn at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 

This week we are going to share more ideas for Learning on Vacation

Some of these ideas are specific to the Central Florida area and others can be applied anywhere you travel.

Homeschooling on Vacation Hangout

Want even more ideas for homeschooling on vacation?  The fabulous bloggers of the iHomeschool Network shared their tips and strategies during a recent “Hangout” – grab a cup of coffee and listen in:

We wish you happy travels!

Tell Us – Where are your favorite places for “learning on vacation”?

North Star Geography homeschool curriculum

Comments

  1. I like this idea. I have actually cut myself some slack these last few months of our homeschool year because we are spending 21 days in Ecuador this summer. I have a hard time believing any curriculum with books and written assignments could even touch the educational value of travel. This post has inspired me to take it a step further and create a little pre-trip investigation and post-trip activities. Thanks! 🙂 http://www.notquitewonderwoman.com/ecuador-post-1-pre-trip-40-days-away-the-countdown/
    (See also my Ending Homeschool Like a Hippie lol)

    • April, what an amazing adventure you have ahead! I hope you share about your family’s “real life learning” on your blog when you return. I would love to hear all about your trip!

  2. I love this list of ideas I have a friend in Central Florida. I am sending her a link to this post.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  3. Field trips and vacations is my favorite learning experience! Just the act of traveling (by road or by plane) is a learning experience. This year we’re road tripping to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. I look forward to hiking in the park and learning about TN history and wild life. We don’t usually have formal lessons on vacation. We just soak in the new experiences and region. Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

    • Totally agree Stephanie! My kids don’t think they are “formally learning” on vacation but they remember the experiences and the facts they learn much better than from any of our traditional lessons… and that is exactly what we hope for. Have a great summer and enjoy your trip with your family!

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