At first glance, you might not think our homeschooling family was comprised of avid campers. We have a couple of asthmatics in the group (including our second grader) and a couple with serious allergies (the second grader again). That doesn’t usually make for happy camping, but we’ve found that with a bit of planning, we can let our kids enjoy the great outdoors too. We try to camp in the spring and fall, when the temps aren’t too high. We also shoot for sites with electricity in case we have to use our youngest son’s nebulizer. Even with all of that, it’s been an amazing experience and the kids are certainly better off for it! Me on the other hand? I enjoy seeing my kids outside and having fun. I don’t dislike being outdoors…but my idea of “roughing it” is a Motel 6 instead of a Marriott!
You might not think that traveling will do your younger kids that much good. After all, they’re only going to sit in the back asking, “Are we there yet?” and demanding to go to the bathroom, right? Actually, we’ve found that traveling can be a really good way to introduce a lot of different subjects to our boys. Our oldest son gets a lot out of the destinations, but both our second and seventh graders get a lot out of the trips themselves. We try to make sure we travel in areas where the geography varies a good bit and stop at overlooks to investigate the surroundings – we’ve introduced subjects like botany and geology that way. So, even though we are away from home, we are still adding educational opportunities while we are traveling, which we call Roadschooling!