We took a nature hike today and I was impressed how eager Kaden was to get out and explore. Mahala on the other hand was fine doing book work in the air conditioned RV. Our plan is to do an hour of book work a day while we are on our trip. The important thing for me is to remind myself we are not just camping. We are trying full-time on to see how it feels. Will it work for our Family? I most definitely could continue full time in this RV from here on out. But, will it be right for us at this point? Is it going to work with Kaden? How will we work and make money? What about Dr.'s appointments and therapy? We have a lot to think about these next 2 months....and having a routine and sticking to it is crucial, especially with a child on the Spectrum.
Part of our routine is personal health, chores, Spiritual growth, exercise and learning. Our kids read like it's their full time job. In our RV right now we have over 100 books that we brought with us. We are crazy readers, a few days a go we literally bought 3 additional books. Not to mention I brought my Kindle with us too and I have 100's of books on there. So, we get our reading done for sure. I'll talk about all the things listed up there, but today I was going to talk about the learning on the road situation.
For this trip we brought a little something for every subject area. Kaden only brought books for English along with his daily journal. But, Mahala brought her complete English curriculum including Spelling and Vocabulary. Every day they read and journal and then an hour of whatever book work they want to do. While we are on the road driving we stop at least once at some sort of educational museum or monument. While there we go around as a Family to look, read, explore and ask questions. I want my kids to seek out education, not be hand feed a bunch of facts and dates only to recite them once or twice and then forget them. We are a very hands on Family, we learn by experiencing and doing. We take every opportunity we can. Like the other day we ate on a Train that was converted into a diner. While we were there we looked up the year of the train, where it's original routes were. We talked about the different types of engines, who shoveled the coal, the cost of the 1st tickets, who traveled by train back then, who invented the train, train robberies, wild west transportation, the economy in the West, trading, the Indians......here comes lunch! Our conversations grow and grow and I love when the kids bring up a place we have gone to or plan to see into our discussions. It's by doing this that they retain what they are learning.....because it is important to them and has meaning. Why? Because it's learning with you, their Family! :)
Once we stop and get settled for at least a night the next day we grab a collecting box, Ziploc bag, binoculars, gloves, magnifying glasses and our notepad. And we explore the area and find new things we have never seen before. Kaden is such a black and white thinker, so it warms my soul when he picks up a rock or stick and tells me what it resembles or he drops off into imagination land for a minute and pretends he's a Pirate. These moments come on strong, but fade too quickly and I feel Blessed to be able to be there when they happen.
Other ways we learn on the road is educational movies and shows, board/card games and the computer. Kaden and Mahala both use sites like Khan Academy and several other programs that makes learning possible no matter where you are or what you want to learn about. How do you school on the road or at home? I would love to hear all about it! :)