Friday, July 31, 2015

Road Schooling... I Spy Critters

Kids are naturally curious. If wiggles, hops, jumps, flies, or moves in any way (or if it is cute or weird looking) then are children are fascinated by it.  We love to take pictures of our surroundings, especially any critters we encounter. We then use field guides, books, and the Internet (when available) to identify our treasured finds and see what we can learn about them.

(Izzy the inchworm... She was a family pet for a bit at the campground)

The girls then draw pictures of their critters and occasionally will write about them in a notebook.  When we do get to a library we bring the notebook with us and decide what we want to learn more about.

What are some of your family's favorite critters?

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Road Schooling... A Nature Walk

Have you ever been on a nature walk with five little ones in tow? It can be challenging with so many children so close in age together! But it can be so much fun too and a prime learning experience. We love to play games on the trail like "I Spy".  I gear the game towards particular school goals the children are working on (shapes, colors, beginning sounds, short or long vowel, rhyming words, Etc).  Towards the end when the little ones start tuckering out we sing silly songs like "The Ants Go Marching" and will often make up some verses to help them laugh their way to the end of the trail.

Oh, and you know those informations signs that are posted along some trails filled with all kinds of wonderful information that you'd like to read and share with your children? Snap a quick photo of them as you are walking by. Go through the photos after the hike and plan some fun lessons around them. Relive the excitement of the hike as your children learn and grow. Often one hike will provide a weeks worth of lessons and crafts.

Now it does not matter where we are, if we see a Red or White Oak our 5 and 6 year old will burst with excitement as they point out the tree :)

Happy learning!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A New Adventure Begins!

We recently purchased a Motorhome and spent two weeks at PineView Campground in Wisconsin.  While my husband received some training from the military, the children and I spent the days laughing, learning, sharing, and building relationships with other. 

Take a look inside our new home on the road:

Check the Travel page for more posts about life on the road, road schooling our children, and keeping five little ones entertained in all kinds of weather. 

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