Have you ever had an unexpected situation arise that interfered with your homeschool schedule? Of course not because we can control everything….(Hear the sarcasm?) 🙂
Well, we can’t control everything. This week I find myself in that situation. We have to make an unexpected trip to Arizona that is going to put us 5-6 days in the car! I really didn’t want to write off a whole week of school, but I also didn’t want to haul all our books, etc. — not to mention the fact that I will be driving a good portion of it and thus can’t fully teach. So, I have created Road Binders with educational activities that can be completed independently and a schedule that will meet homeschool day length requirements.
Schedule and Checklist
The first page of our Road Binder is a schedule and checklist of what needs to be done to count for 5 days of schoolwork. Although I consider myself an eclectic homeschooler, I found that a heavy Charlotte Mason approach, combined with interest-based projects and worksheets, fit the independent learning style I need. The dinosaur schedule is for my second grader and the butterfly one for my kindergartener.
Each day, the kids have to listen to an hour of an audio book. I currently have Heirloom Audio’s The Cat of Bubastes (review coming soon) and have plans to include some selections from Focus On The Family’s Radio Theater. I fully anticipate going WAY over a total of 5 hours of listening enjoyment.
In an effort to cultivate a love of reading in my children, I require independent reading every day (outside of the reading requirements for Literacy class). Sometimes I choose the books, but mostly I let them choose what interests them. Right now, my second grader is LOVING the Geronimo Stilton books. I have included a Reading Log to record what he is reading. I used one from NotebookingPages.com
We don’t do a book report for every book we read, but this was a great opportunity for him to do one, so I could analyze his comprehension level. He has to identify characters, setting, plot, and conflict as well as write a short summary for every chapter. I, also, got this book report from NotebookingPages.com
We do Singapore Math. We love it. Over the last week, I had my second grader “skip’ over the review lessons. This left 5 review lessons that I photocopied (I wanted to bring as few books as I could) and put in the binder. My kindergartener needed some practice with numbers 1-10, so I printed out worksheets that focused on counting, writing, and adding these numbers.
Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens and Lapbook
On top of his math review lessons, my second grader will be reading the math-centered storybook Sir Cumference and all the King’s Tens and completing a corresponding lap book that I got from Live and Learn Press.
Interest-Based Learning: Documentary and Mini-Project
We have DVD players in the car, so I plan to stop by the library and have the kids pick out 5 documentaries, which they will watch and do a mini-project. My second grader has to write at least 3 good sentences and draw a picture about what he learned; my kindergartener has to draw what she learned.
I downloaded a variety of skill-appropriate workbooks for both of my students. Most of these are skills they need practice in or are just for review purposes. They can be completed mostly independently. I downloaded mine from Education.com.
Educational Apps and Games
Educational games and apps are really easy to come by now. I downloaded a bunch for the kids that includes interactive books, math games, problem-solving games, etc.
We have been studying Mesopotamia and Sumer in History (Story of the World, Book 1). The epic of Gilgamesh is considered the oldest recorded story. He is thought to be a real king over the Sumerian city of Uruk. We’ve been reading Gilgamesh, the Hero written by Geraldine McCaughrean and plan to continue reading it on our trip.
Although I would not recommend schooling like this all the time, I think it will provide a little break from our normal routine, which will be nice, and really build up the kids’ confidence and independent work skills, which I also think is very important.
Have you done schooling on the road? How did you approach it? I’d love to hear about it below.
Till Next Time,