5 Ways to Homeschool on the Go
Life with four kids gets busy. Very busy. Between school lessons, extracurricular activities, and appointments, life stays busy. Today I am going to share five ways we homeschool on the go.
Since Zechariah is under 2 years old, he has frequent well-baby appointments. Appointments for Zhen, Elijah, and Michala are a little more spaced out throughout the year. Either way, we’re always on the go. At least it feels that way! So I like to schedule school around our busy events.
Driving 40 minutes to a doctor’s appointment, for instance, does not mean we have to cancel our school day. We just get creative in how we plan our school day. I try to schedule appointments at the end of our school week. That way our school week is not interrupted, but sometimes it cannot be helped.
1. Do Bible study in the car!
When we have to drive longer than 20 minutes, we have our Bible reading and discussion in the van. My children’s pediatrician is a 40 minute drive from our home. The long drive gives us plenty of time to read scripture and discuss our reading. My teens will take turn reading scripture, and then we discuss the meaning of the scripture.
2. Homeschool on the Go with Assigned Reading!
During a doctor’s appointment, for example, the teens will read an assigned reading or work on workbook activities. A couple of weeks ago, my little one had a well-baby appointment. Elijah (16) and Michala (14) read their respective literature novels during the appointment: Elijah– Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace and Michala– The Giver by Lois Lowry. This was a great advantage for my teens because they didn’t have to worry about getting behind in their reading.
3. Get those assignments completed with FREE WiFi!
If WiFi is available, then the teens can work on an online assignment. This school year we are using Time 4 Learning for our homeschool curriculum. It’s a great online program for all students, not just homeschoolers. I like to use it for my teens because they are independent learners now. When we’re on the go, Elijah and Michala can login to their account and work on an assigment or two. Zhen can also use the tablet to play educational games on Star Fall or watch a preschool TV show like Hi-5 or Math Monsters.
4. Visiting a new library is a great learning adventure!
When we are in a different city or town for an appointment, we like to visit a library. Even though we do not have a library card for the location, there is still so much we can do. For instance, the children’s library features various activities and games. Computers and complimentary WiFi is also available, so the teens can work on their schoolwork.
5. Make a day out of it with a field trip.
If we have time after an appointment, we like to take advantage of our time away from home and enjoy a field trip. Sometimes I take the kids out for lunch or we have a picnic at a local park. One time when Zechariah had a doctor’s appointment, I took the kids to the city play outdoor games at a game event.
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A day away from home does not have to mean cancelling the school day. You can still have an enriching school day by finding creative ways to work with your time away from home.