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Including Vacations in Your Homeschool

You can plan a vacation that includes lots of learning opportunities, as well as fun and relaxation for the family.

For homeschool families, vacations are often the ultimate field trip. The great thing about using a vacation as a field trip is that your kids will be learning without even realizing it! There are many ways to plan and take a vacation that includes lots of learning opportunities while your family has a fun and relaxing time.

The following list provides just a few examples to get your creative thought processes going:

  • Study of almost any historical event can be greatly enhanced by a visit to important sites related to that event. For example, study the Civil War and then plan a vacation that includes visits to actual battlefields. Or, when American history is being studied, plan a trip to Washington D.C.
  • Trips to oceans and beaches can include many activities that support biology and other science topics. Exploring tide pools is a great way to study marine biology. Taking a whale-watching boat trip is a great way to observe marine animals in their natural habitats.
  • "Re-create" a journey taken by earlier generations. Many famous journeys can be made much more real with your own recreation. For example, a study of the westward expansion of the United States can be much better understood with a drive across the Great Plains or by following the Oregon Trail.
  • Learn about geology and other physical sciences by taking a trip to the Grand Canyon and other geologic wonders.
  • Include stops on a vacation to visit areas where famous inventors, writers, politicians, and others lived to help students gain a better insight into those people.
  • Language studies can be greatly enhanced by visiting areas in which that language is spoken. For example, if your homeschool plans include Spanish, include a vacation to Mexico or other area where that is the dominant language. There is no better way to learn a language than being among people who actually use it.