Learning Outside the Box

As a teacher, I LOVE education and learning. Did I say LOVE? I mean LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! So pouring into my own kids with “educational or learning” opportunities (aka – adventures) is a pretty big deal in my house. Now, this may sound like we sit around all day studying text books and watching documentaries. This is hardly the case! In fact, we don’t really do that at all.

Josiah and Ethan on a flight from China to the USA last year. 

What We Do:

We do home school, so there are a few text books around, but I like real books as much as possible. But that’s not really what I want to talk about today. Today, I want to share with you about why adventures are the best way to learn. I focus as much time as I can on my kids experiencing and living out adventures. So today I am going to share why this is important and how to do it on a budget!

Ethan getting to see the inside of the cockpit on our international flight to Los Angeles last May. 

Why Adventures?

Kids learn in a variety of ways. In fact, we adults do too. There are 3 basic types of learning styles; auditory, visual and kinesthetic (by doing). Most adventures actually in some form or fashion appeal to at least 2 if not all 3 learning styles. Learning something through hearing, seeing and doing is the strongest way to stick things in our memory. Having an adventure, is such a much stronger memory maker than reading a text book.

A Chinese wedding during our time living in Shanghai, China. Here is a fun post about food in China and what to try at the Chinese New Year holiday! 

An Example:

Living in China gave us the chance to really learn about the culture up close. My kids experienced it in a variety of ways. This, along with my children being around an international school community while we were there caused my kids really to not see color of skin. What I mean by that is that my kids really don’t understand racism. For me this is such a beautiful thing.

On a Budget:

Now, let’s get real! Experiences sometimes do cost money, however, there are lots that are free. Up above my younger son and a friend are enjoying various plants at a farm tour. The tour itself was no cost. There were various classes and of course food or plants to be purchased. If you spend a little time looking, opportunities like this are way more available then we know. For a child to see a farmer, and learn about the plants out with the farmer, is way more lasting in the memory bank than just looking up what a farmer is in the dictionary.

Budget Tips:

  • If your child has an interest in learning to bake, call around to local bakeries and see what could be set up like a tour or something. (This can be done with any interest.)
  • Think of places that can be day trips. Adventures don’t have to be big huge Disney World trips (even though we all like those).
  • Consider options involving parks, reservoirs, lakes, hiking areas, conservation lands, state or national parks. All of these have great options for learning and fun at the same time.
  • Purchase a quality cooler. Pack water, snacks and sandwiches. (Eating out and hotel stays add a lot, so its great to look for short day trips or overnights with just a 1 or 2 night stay to keep things in budget).

While visiting friends in San Antonio, Texas a few years back, we took a tour of the Alamo. 

Tying it all Together

Family travel creates wonderful memories for our children. It bonds families together in a unique way. That travel may be camping or a quick overnight or a long vacation. No matter how you do it, the important thing is to do it! Create opportunities for your kids to learn through amazing adventures. Create opportunities for your family to bond.

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Until next time,

~Sarah AKA Ninja Mama