Boost Confidence with a Simple Homeschool Camping Trip

If you're sick of homeschool, getting spring fever, etc... Homeschool Camping is a great choice! Let me share with you how it can reinforce learning and inspire confidence!

Learning with a homeschool camping trip

Do you use travel opportunities towards your homeschooling benefit?   Homeschool camping is something we got to investigate first-hand last May, and it was great!  We didn’t have plans to make it educational, but our camping trip turned into an educational experience quickly and fairly effortlessly!  This low-pressure environment is perfect for confidence building and reinforcing learned information.

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Learning is everywhere

Maybe it’s just the homeschool mom in me, but I was seeing educational opportunities everywhere.  Looking at rock formations, I let my mind wander and think about what other things they look like.  This got me thinking, “What a great creative writing or art opportunity!”  When we went on our hikes, we talked all about sedimentary rocks, plants, and ecosystems.

If you're sick of homeschool, getting spring fever, etc... Homeschool Camping is a great choice! Let me share with you how it can reinforce learning and inspire confidence!

I quickly realized camping is a great opportunity to blend fun family time with homeschooling.  Why not take this time for some relaxing school days, rather than the usual daily grind?

If you're sick of homeschool, getting spring fever, etc... Homeschool Camping is a great choice! Let me share with you how it can reinforce learning and inspire confidence!

Reinforce learning in relaxed environments… like camping!

I’ve been reading a book lately called,  “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens,” by Benedict Carey.  I’m beginning to understand that reviewing what we learn is crucial to retaining what we learn. So in my opinion, homeschool camping is the perfect way to do just that!  Honestly, it doesn’t even have to be all about nature stuff either…

 

Letting your mind flow in nature

So speaking of “How We Learn”… Have you ever noticed how your mind seems to be a bit more effortless in recalling information while you’re walking out in nature? Homeschool Camping is a great environment in which to review things that you’ve taught!  When a brain has to work to recall information, it retains it longer. The brain begins to see it as important information because it has been recalled.  “Aha!  This isn’t useless; I needed it!”  And how great must our kids feel to be able to re-tell you some of what they’ve learned?!

Homeschool camping is honestly just a fun time with family, but taking advantage of educational opportunities like conversationally reviewing things that you’ve learned is a no-brainer. You basically get the best of both worlds. It’s low-pressure time you can count towards school while you relax and enjoy family time!

Life skills here, there, and everywhere

In addition to reviewing all of your educational material, you can also work on important life skills. Learning while camping provides opportunities to work on first aid and survival skills like building a fire.  Even planning and organizational skills can be built into this!  The opportunities are truly endless.  Knowing how to do these things are mega confidence boosters for your kids.

So, if you’re looking for a way to have some fun with your family and feeling burned out on homeschooling, consider taking a homeschool camping trip. The weather is turning around making this the perfect time for a semi-break. Perhaps bring some books, a few papers and pencils, and some crayons. You won’t need much, just look for opportunities around you to  kill two birds with one stone!

-Jill

Your turn in the comments- Do you camp?  Is homeschooling a part of it?

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Jill is a Christian, homeschooler, "boy mom", and special needs parent. Jill has ADHD and has learned firsthand how adapting environments can be key to finding success! Her current mission is to empower parents whose desire is to homeschool their special needs children and helping them squash their self-doubt!

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