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.
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?
Reinforce learning in relaxed environments… like camping!
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.
Your turn in the comments- Do you camp? Is homeschooling a part of it?
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