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homeschool travelers

Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 12:20 pm
by milehimom
We will be starting our homeschool in July, so I am a newbie collecting all the info and advice that I can! I haven't heard many people talk about traveling! We are choosing to homeschool for two reasons, 1) to match our schedule to my airline pilots crazy non-8-5 work schedule in order to get days off with him (he works weekends) and 2) to use the benefit of working for an airline and TRAVEL!

How about a forum about travel and education? I would LOVE tips for successful educational trips and budget lodging!

Debbie

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2007 6:07 pm
by momo3boys
I would love that. My husband's job doesn't require travel but he can work and travel at the same time and i think that would be a great idea!

Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 4:03 pm
by StellarStory
If I could afford the travel, I think it would be a fantastic way for the kids to study, history, art, geography and social studies!

As it is we always learn when we travel. Our first year of home school we went to New Orleans for a "field trip." That year the Museum had a FANTASTIC recreation of a room of the dead with some of the book of the dead written on the walls!

The entire exhibit was great but that was my highlight. That wasn't all that we learned about though. We love that city. It has a rich, partly family, history as well.

On our cruise this year we became interested in researching how jobs on cruises are handled. Also the economic situation in Mexico was interesting to study. The Incan ruins were wonderful to study. The second largest reef in the world was great to see and study as well.

Theme parts are great for studying physics among other things.

Chicago was packed with science, architecture, history, art and improv study opportunities.

The beach is always great as well.

We've also been to storytelling festivals. They are fantastic learning opportunities!

But man, if I could afford to travel the world with them, that would be even better. I'd consider it ideal!

Stellar

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 8:32 am
by momo3boys
I can't wait to go to the creation museum in Kentucky! I know that not all of you believe in creation but this museum is really cool. www.answersingenesis.com is building it, and it has some great information that you won't find in any secular or even some Christian science curriculum. I have another family that is going with us, we just have to set the dates when it opens.

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 3:14 pm
by tekkie50
Actually, a cruise is a great way to combine travel and hs. Most 7 nt cruises have 3 or 4 days at sea. Plenty of time for study about the ports to be visited, how cruise ships affect the economics of those ports, what natural resources each country has and how those resources affect the health of the country and its peoples, plants and species native to those countries, ad infinitum. Then upon arrival there is the reality of the port and you can head out to follow up on your studies.

Is there an interest out there in a hs group cruise? I could help facilitate this if there is.

Tekkie50

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 3:53 pm
by StellarStory
tekkie50 wrote:Actually, a cruise is a great way to combine travel and hs. Most 7 nt cruises have 3 or 4 days at sea. Plenty of time for study about the ports to be visited, how cruise ships affect the economics of those ports, what natural resources each country has and how those resources affect the health of the country and its peoples, plants and species native to those countries, ad infinitum. Then upon arrival there is the reality of the port and you can head out to follow up on your studies.

Is there an interest out there in a hs group cruise? I could help facilitate this if there is.

Tekkie50


I would be if it were done around the right time.

This year our trips are already set.

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 8:00 pm
by momo3boys
There is a company that actually has a HS cruise. I knew I couldn't afford it so I threw it away, but it looked really fun.

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 11:01 pm
by StellarStory
momo3boys wrote:There is a company that actually has a HS cruise. I knew I couldn't afford it so I threw it away, but it looked really fun.


I think I've seen that too but yeah, cost is a factor!

free museums

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:54 pm
by milehimom
We just returned from a trip to Chicago. I stumbled onto a tourist website that listed the dates that the museums are free! WOW! What a find. We went to the Field Museum, the Shedd Acquairium, and the Adler Planetarium ALL for free. The only problem was we went to all three on the same day and two of them were QUITE crowded since it was a free day. Not all exhibits were in the FREE category either. Still, free is free. Before we go to any new city again, I'm going to check on their free days!!

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:01 pm
by StellarStory
That's awesome!

I do try to avoid crowds though. I consider that one of the perks of home schooling.