Two year ago my husband and I found ourselves on our knees daily praying about a big decision regarding our daughter. For a wide variety of reasons we felt God calling us to homeschool her. I honestly couldn’t believe this was the path He’d prepared for us and I did my best to re-direct His will for our family.
The turning point in my attitude came during our Spring Break trip to Virginia. I unintentionally planned a very educational break for our family. We were looking to do something a little outside-the-box since we’d recently returned from a Disney Cruise and had some big summer plans on the horizon.
The trip to Virginia was originally intended to cover Washington D.C. as well as everything south and west of that area. If you’re familiar with the massive amount of activities in those areas…you’ll probably realize the error in my planning. Thankfully, I too came to my senses (actually, my husband told me I was nuts and begged me to reconsider our destinations!) and we ended up bumping D.C. to a subsequent trip.
So off we set to Virginia for a week. Did I mention it wasn’t my daughter’s ACTUAL Spring Break week?
It was Brent’s Spring Break from his MBA program. My daughter’s school was adamantly against us pulling her out for those days; however, we truly felt the trip and family experiences were going to be far more valuable. Eventually we gained “permission” on the condition that she keep up with her schoolwork, and write a report on what she learned on the trip.
So although I didn’t plan it, God worked out all the details for us to have a little trial week of Homeschool. Or what I’ve coined as our “Worldschool” approach.
After that trip, I never looked back. And although she finished out that year in her traditional school, I began preparing for a whole new lifestyle. In the past I’ve shared some details about what Worldschooling looks like for our family and how much we love it.
One of the keys to the children’s enjoyment is being able to experience places. Whenever possible we take educational trips to historic places. I was always a child who found history to be a bit dry, but I’m absolutely LOVING seeing it through my kids’ eyes. It’s truly inspiring to hear their excitement as they re-tell an actual event that happened 100 years ago as if they were really there! And, in a way, they were since they traveled to the destination and saw it first hand!
There are literally thousands of educational historic places you can visit with your children (probably even several in your area!) Even if you aren’t Worldschooling your children, you can still help engage them in the things they are learning in the classroom. I can’t recommend enough getting out and experiencing history in your own community!
If you are looking for a get-away experience, here are my favorite 10 educational trips to historic places:
- Mount Rushmore
- Ellis Island
- Mount Vernon
- Freedom Trail
- Plymouth Rock
- Pearl Harbor
- Liberty Bell
- World Trade Center Site
*Okay, for the record, I can count (don’t start getting concerns over my homeschool teaching abilities yet! Ha!) But I seriously couldn’t decide if the World Trade Center belonged in the same category as the other historic places. Obviously, I ultimately decided to include it on the list…but not in the place of one of the other places mentioned.*
Before you set off on your adventures, you’ll want to make sure you have great ways for kids to record all they are learning! Here are a couple of my favorite Travel Journals:
- My Travel Journal by Lonely Planet (my personal favorite)
- Travel Journal for Kids: Adventure is Out There
- My First Travel Journal
- Adventure Awaits Travel Journal for Kids
Don’t miss my next post where I list out the Top 10 educational trips to environmental science destinations!
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