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Aug
05

Unschooling Doesn’t Stop For Summer Vacation

The best way to travel with children is to travel slowly.  We like to break up our journeys into manageable sections with breaks every hour or two.  This way we limit the requisite “Are we there yet?” whining from the back seat.  We love to stop at places of interest and so we can all get out and stretch our legs.  An added benefit of this kind of travel is the learning that happens along the way.  Since our family homeschools with an unschooling philosophy, road trips provide the perfect opportunity for experiential learning.

Our most recent trip was a week in the Kootenay region of British Columbia.  Our final destinations was only a three hour drive but we managed to stretch that out to a whole day affair!

Our first stop was a Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos.  Here we learned about Native Indians, plants, and animals.


We drove for a little while longer and had a picnic at the top of a mountain pass then drove a little more to Christina Lake where we knew of a small hike we could do that would bring us to a look out point over a gorge.

This walk provided the perfect opportunity for us to discuss the power of water and erosion.

When we came across a wild raspberry bush we stopped for a snack.  Mike and I used this opportunity t0 discuss foraging, organic produce, purchasing food, and bears!

We could have done this trip with a straight drive, stopping only for lunch, but by breaking it up into smaller chunks with destinations along the way we turned a boring drive into an adventure for the kids and for us!

As an unschooling parent, it is my job to look for learning opportunities and although I don’t do “lessons” we do discuss everything we see and experience.  Learning happens all the time if you let it and it doesn’t stop for summer vacations!

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  1. Justin says:

    Wow. such a nice area you guys live in. Can’t wait to visit. I have to shed my 9-5 job. I am missing out on so much with the kids. I can’t wiat to have this time!

    1. worldschooladventures says:

      Come visit soon! We would love to have you visit!

  2. Merit K says:

    Wonderful post & lovely pictures! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

    1. worldschooladventures says:

      Thank you!

  3. Tracy Burns says:

    Great post (and stunning pics!). Sounds like a wonderful drive and a good way to avoid ‘are we there yet’ questions. I agree wholeheartedly – learning can happen all the time when you take the time to let it. Thanks for the reminder that even a simple day trip can be a great learning opportunity.

    1. worldschooladventures says:

      Thanks Tracy, the ‘are we there yet’ were kept to a minimum and we truly enjoyed the day. We are hoping to do another trip soon and plan on using the same approach.

  4. Mack Reynolds says:

    sounds like an awesome field trip. i love your son’s shirt, by the way.

    1. worldschooladventures says:

      Yup we are definitely Star Wars fans!

  5. Darcel @ The Mahogany Way says:

    I love this post. I think it’s great that you two are able to travel with your children. Looks like your stopping at some beautiful places as well. We love unschooling, it’s an amazing philosophy to live by.

    1. worldschooladventures says:

      Thanks Darcel, we are really enjoying it!

  6. eektheman says:

    You are right about the traveling slow with kids!! We do it in 6 months to 1 year intervals. The Desert Cultural Centre looks fantastic; your kids spend so much time in nature it seems. Most don’t!!

    1. worldschooladventures says:

      We do spend a lot of time outdoors when weather permits. We love to be out doing things, enjoying the sunshine!

  1. Val in Real Life » Granola Talk: August 10, 2011 says:

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