How much of your homeschooling actually takes place at home?
Not much of ours does. In fact we spend more time on the road, than at home. Between theater rehearsals, basketball games, choir practice, weekly nature hikes, and twice monthly museum visits, I often consider ourselves road-schoolers.
No matter how wonderful and educational the outings and extra curricular activities make us feel, so much time on the road, can mean formal lessons are postponed and often skipped!
Now, most homeschool moms would agree, that every road trip, museum visit and extra curricular activity is just as good as any regular school day, “because the learning never ends”. Though I completely agree with this, I gotta say that things are just a little different when the kids you’re schooling are college bound high schoolers. Which is the case in our home.
The single most effective way for not falling behind on formal lessons while we’re on the road, be it on our way to a nature hike, or on an extended road trip, has been to use technology to its full advantage.
Techie Homeschooling While on the Road
This week for example, we are on a two-week road trip, at basketball nationals 1,600 miles away from home. This is just the first of five long trips we have planned this year. Thanks to the technology we brought along, no one has fallen behind and the extended periods of cross-country driving, were not wasted.
Technology has been a major player in our homeschool from the beginning, and though we are passionate about physical books and curriculum we can hold in our hands; on this particular trip, technology has replaced every bit of the traditional curriculum we use on days we school at home.