It's back to school time! Homeschoolers on the go need to always have certain items on hand. But do you know what they are? If your homeschooling family is like ours, it will make learning so much easier if you keep certain on the go accessories around. Whether you need materials to save the lesson for later, study while on the move, or create memories, my family's experiences may help.
A compact digital camera camcorder adds to the lesson. Kids who are encouraged to film and take pictures of specific items and lessons can get a double lesson. It also serves as a great memory for later. We like to take pictures of the nature we view, places we go, as well as just fun moments that we have. This helps us recall the lessons we learned together as a homeschooling family. But it also gives us great family memories. Sometimes lessons happen when you least expect them. Always having a camera ready can help you capture those moments. A cell phone with a good camera will also work.
Never forget your library card at home. Even if you hadn't planned a trip to the library, it can come up at a moment's notice. Homeschoolers on the go often learn right at the library. But how many times have you been on a homeschool excursion and need to get a book to accent what you've learned? What if the library is closer to you than your house? Do you really want to go all the way back home, just for a library card? Never forget library cards for all family members. One trick I like to use is to place the library card (and other important cards) on an I.D. necklace or bracelet. This way, it's less difficult for everyone to forget theirs.
Collection slides and petri dishes are a must. Homeschool outings to the lake or pond can produce some interesting results. The same can even be said for a drainage ditch, walking trail, and even just a city walk to the store. Specimen or petri dishes and collection slides come in handy in many instances. Homeschoolers on the go should never leave home without them. Collecting specimens is just one more way of being able to continue the lesson at home. If you have a microscope, they come in handy even more. We've collected bugs, leaves, moss, pond water, and more all because we had some type of collection dish with us. Nature happens all around us.
A small laptop or tablet serves several purposes. Need a place to take notes? Perhaps you just showed the kids a certain dinosaur and need some follow up questions or activities? We've used the laptop to watch educational movies, research something relevant to the day's studies, and even to take notes. All of the above and more contribute to laptop being a must-have for homeschoolers on the go. Smaller notebook computers or tablets may be better than the full-sized versions, as they are more compact for easier traveling. Look for thinner, lightweight models, if you don't already have a small computer to use.
A fully charged cell phone keeps you prepared. Ever get lost on the way to a homeschool field trip? Don't have GPS? No problem. A charged cell phone that has Internet capabilities can help. Cell phones with GPS or even capabilities to visit online maps can be used to tell people where you are, as well as lead you to your destination. Then, of course, depending on where you are going, you may need to call and talk to that company. On the less cheery side of things, cell phones also come in handy if something goes wrong. Cell phones with cameras will also eliminate the need for a separate camera.
*I originally published a version of this via Yahoo Shine/ Yahoo Contributor Network
When choosing the right backpack for homeschool, keep your learning style in mind. You might need a traditional backpack for each of the kids. But then again, you may not. Think about your daily activities and what fits in with that best. You may be surprised at the variety of options or you may learn your kids don’t need backpacks at all.
Where does most of your homeschool time occur? Think about where you teach the kids most of their classes. Is it somewhere you would need them to transport materials to in large quantities? For instance, do you homeschool at the park or at the library? If so, do you bring books and supplies? If so, a good, rugged backpack may be in order.
Do you take field trips often and where to? If you and the kids take field trips to zoos, museums. Libraries and more on a regular basis, they may need sturdy backpacks for homeschool. On the other hand, if you only go every now and then and don't take materials along, you may only need to get them something lightweight. In some cases, they may not actually need one.
What will be transported in your child's homeschool backpack? Consider the items you like the kids to bring along when you go places during the homeschool day. Do they carry heavy textbooks or just notepads? This will help determine which type of backpack or bookbag will work. If you only bring along a couple pencils and worksheets, consider an eco-friendly reusable grocery bag instead. The kids can even decorate them for customization.
Do you even need a backpack? Considering the options above and others, does your child really even need a backpack? In some cases, the answer might be no. Some homeschoolers prefer not to cart everything along when going on field trips. In such cases, a backpack is probably not necessary. If that sounds like you, consider buying some other homeschool supply instead or putting the backpack money toward a college fund.
What are some alternative options if you don't need a backpack? If your kids need some sort of bag for homeschool, but not quite a backpack, there are other options. For the girls, try a large, but lightweight purse. Canvas totes are another option. Reusable grocery bags make excellent options for carrying around supplies.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
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