Travel teaches your kids...
June is here and I know some of you are in “summer” mode. Lucky you! We are inching our way closer as all our school year activities come to an end. My youngest wrapped up her soccer season with the sweetest team. This weekend we have a piano recital to wrap up my oldest activities. It is crazy to see how much they have learned and grown this year.
Today is an exciting day for me! I get to spend the next 3 days connecting with families who are attending the Homeschooling of Virginia Conference. Attending this event is the melting pot of my two passions; travel and education. As some of you may know I went to college to be a teacher, I truly do have a passion to teach children. I may not be a “teacher” anymore; however, I am encouraging families to take amazing trips that are not only “educational” but fun and adventurous. Learning doesn’t have to be at home or in the classroom. I am a firm believer that you learn best by being put in “natural” learning environments. Everywhere you travel there is something new to be learned, it can be down the road at a museum or exploring a new country. The possibilities are endless. What so many people don’t realize is how educational travel is to all ages.
I think it is safe to say if you asked my kids if I “teach” while on vacation they would say NO. That is because my goal is to just incorporate the learning into the exploring.
Travel teaches your kids…
Appreciation for nature- see how weather, environmental and human factors have impacted the world
You learn about the different cultures, customs, religions of the world
Gives a new perspective on history, geography, art, geology and architecture when you can actually see it.
It teaches kids to be adaptable
Take a break from the digital world
It fills the five senses- You get to see unbelievable geological features, taste authentic food, feel the land, hear new languages and breath in different air.
To have fun and try something new
Creates curiosity for the world and the desire to want to see more
Build a family bond
"We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey. "
– John Hope Franklin