We have been homeschooling for about 3 years now and I think we have finally found our groove. Homeschooling is hard but we are truly enjoying it. Below you will read the top 5 tips I have found to be helpful for homeschooling while traveling.
- Dont be afraid to not get “school” done that day because you were having too much fun. No kids will look back and say “my mom let me skip a few days of book work here and there and took me out to skip rocks in the river, or on a bike ride, etc and it damaged me”. We only have a few years where they actually want to hang out with us. Swing on swings with your kids. Color in their coloring book with them. Screw math that day make hand print turkeys instead, they wont fall behind!
- Take advantage of where you are. Every city has some quirky thing they are known for. If you have time make it a field trip. Largest pistachio in the world? Go see it, who cares the kids will think it’s cool.
- Enjoy the local food! This can get expensive, I know. We tend to buy a treat and we all share it. No one needs an entire dessert to them selves anyways. Some of our favorite travel foods are clam chowder in bread bowls from Boudin’s Bakery in San Fran. Anything from any of the street trucks in downtown Portland Oregon. Enormous doughnuts from Pikes Place Market in Seattle, Washington and obviously Churros and Dole Whips from Disneyland.
- Don’t allow the skeptics to get you down. Everyone has that overly forward relative who doubts that your kids know their alphabet or anything at that matter. You are capable and as long as you’re putting your best foot forward while teaching I guarantee your kids are doing perfectly fine.
- School doesn’t have to take long. Yes, I know public school is 8 hours and you’re only teaching your kid for 1/2 an hour to 3 hours a day. They have your full attention and are still learning a ton once they’re done with their school work. Learning about daily chores, grocery shopping, budgeting, getting exercise riding bikes or playing in dirt. Let them be kids. You’re doing a good job.
I pray my experience has helped me to learn a few things I can share. I know when I started this journey I was a big ball of mom guilt. Questioning my ability to teach my children was at the forefront of my mind everyday. Although at times it still creeps into my brain I keep my eyes focused on the reasons I keep them home. When I think of our priorities I am reminded that Im doing a great job!
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