Car Schooling and Travel Games
This article was originally on the forum at homeschool.co.uk and written in Wed Sep 11, 2002 4:58 pm Post subject: Car Activities - Schooling while traveling.
I posted the following question on the Duet6v7 list.
" We seem to spend a fair amount of time in the car, any suggestions, actives to keep busy and use the time well, homeschool while traveling ? - Roly "
I received sufficient information to warrant creating a resource page on the subject which I will post later, in the mean time here are the suggestions I received.
If you have any of your own "car activities" to add please add them to this post.
we had some BBC schools radio tapes. They were history series for 9 - 11 yr olds. Do the BBC still do these? Since we stopped having TV we haven't had the schools programme catalogue. Of course times tables tapes springs to mind as well. Uncle rick reads proverbs I think you can still get on tape.
Depending on the age of the children alphabet games with reg numbers also is fun. Spelling bees may be done with older children teaching the younger?
then making sums from the numbers on reg plates is also fun. "countdown" style ( ie pick a large number and see how close you can get using + - x and / )
Have fun on your travels
Abbie likes to draw so we usually bring along her sketch
pad and pencil crayons in case there is something interesting
to sketch along the way. We play verbal games as well. I'm
not sure how old your children are so
1. Math story - make up your own characters, situation, and math difficulty level. For example: Two bears were walking in the forest and decided to collect food on their own and then meet back at the cave for lunch. The first bear came upon a small blueberry bush and picked three blueberries, then he discovered some raspberries and picked six raspberries, how many raspberries did he have altogether? - You can take it through as the bear has two berries stolen from a hungry magpie, scoops a fish out of the stream, and then meets his friend back at the cave, etc.
2. Make a sentence - take turns saying three or four unrelated words (car, bird, trainers) and then the other person has to use all words in a sentence.
3. Tell a story - simply take turns telling each other stories. Abbie and I usually let the other person pick the main characters.
My husband doesn't like listening to kids' music in the car so I usually pack a walkman so that Abbie can listen if she wants to. We recently purchased one of the CD's in the 'Classical Kids' series and we were all really impressed with it. It would be great for car rides. Abbie also has Dave's old Gameboy and we've given her a chess game for it.
You can always do reading aloud if there's someone else to
drive, or have your children read aloud to you. I thought
I'd share a tip I picked up a couple of weeks ago - I'm sure
most of you already do this but I had no clue it would work.
I read aloud to the children daily and I often find my throat
getting sore, but then someone mentioned drinking tea to ease
it and I have to say it really works. I read for an hour and
a half tonight, after half an hour my throat was getting sore
so I made myself a cup of peppermint tea and put a little
honey in. After
Hope this is of interest
On trips I've copied blank maps for the older (9-11) kids and had them mark in the places we go and things we see. I've also had them keep travel diaries-it helps a lot when trying to organize photos of the trip later, too! I've also gotten books from the library about the places we'll be visiting-both information books and fiction. Then I read to them about the next place we'll see.
"Adventures in Odyssey" tapes are available from
Care For the Family. You can order by phone on 029 2081 0800
9am-5.30pm. They will send you a catalogue which has info
about tapes,videos, books and various other related
If you prefer to write, the address is:- Care for the Family, PO Box 488, Cardiff CF15 7YY
Their website is:- www.care-for-the-family.org.uk
Hope this helps,
regards, Jenny Bennigsen
Car Schooling Seats
We had some friends over recently who travel a fair amount. Here are some photos of backs of their fornt seat covers? (does that make sense? ) It will when you see the photographs!
They have created seat covers with pockets so that the kids in the back seat have access to books, material in front of them, while the car stays fairly organised.
You can See the Car Schooling Seat Covers Here
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