Saturday, June 16, 2012

Why Hit National Parks?

No matter where you live in the US, chances are good that there are at least one or two national parks within easy traveling distance. We’ve chosen to make those the focus of many trips for our family, both the day-trip variety and longer excursions. We’ve found that national parks can be amazing places to let your kids explore nature and even the history of the nation – most parks put on educational programs throughout the year (whether you are homeschooling or roadschooling, perfect educational stop). You just need to plan ahead and see what’s on offer. Whether you like caves or trees, geology or wildlife, we’ve found it in national parks. Not to mention the fact that the kids really enjoy the trips.
Please share about any visits you and your family have made to some National Parks! (I could use a few new ideas, lol!)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Traveling? Hit Some Historic Sites!

One of the hardest subjects for a lot of kids to get into (our seventh grader, for instance) is history. He loves hearing about history, and has a genuine interest in discovering more…but just reading from a book can be dry and boring. However, there are a lot of ways that you can include history and even get your kids to really enjoy the subject. When we travel, we try to plan ahead and find out what historic sites there are in our destination, as well as along the way. We build in a little extra time during the trip so that we can hit those stops and let the kids get their hands “dirty” in history. We’re homeschoolers; we know to incorporate a little education in everything, don’t we?