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Finally, itís important to keep in mind some travel elements as you take to Rocky Mountains, streets of New York or museums.
Children are veritable sponges, absorbing information, even when you canít believe theyíve heard a word youíve said! The world is their classroom.
As a homeschool mom to four beautiful children I can assure you that incorporating learning into vacation isnít nearly as scary or overwhelming as you might think.
Traveling is one of best ways to enhance your childís education. Itís hands on, itís visual, itís auditory, and kinesthetic (touchy/feely) Ė all at same time.
Children will absorb much more information than you might think, even when they are complaining loudest. And best of all, you donít have to travel to exotic places or spend a lot of money for children to enjoy themselves.
Another secret I learned is that by traveling with our children (and not for our children) we opened up a whole new world for them. Their imaginations took over while experiencing new topographies, histories, climates and cultures. It made learning ďrealĒ to them and showed up for months in their reading interests and reports.
Our children also learn to handle glitches in our travel plans by watching and learning from us.
When we hit inevitable traffic jam on highway or our flights are delayed do we throw a fit or sit back patiently and make lemonade from lemons?
Can we laugh in face of adversity and keep going or do we angrily pout and make everyone around us miserable?
How we handle ourselves is a clue as to how our children will also handle themselves.
Gail Morris is the mother of four children with an extensive pediatric medical background. Her ideas are time tested and mother approved! If you want more information (printable games, checklists, emergency information, budget travel) or would like her semi-monthly free newsletter, Your Family Resources, visit http://www.YourEzBooks.com.