Sometimes schedules happen, and by that I mean something pops up that you forgot to write down in your planner and it needs to be taken care of right away. Usually that means everyone ends up piling up in the car, right in the middle of your school day.
So much for school on those days huh? WRONG!
What if I told you that learning doesn’t have to stop when you get in the car? It’s true! You can still continue your school day as you’re our and about running errands or driving to and from appointments. I like to call this car-schooling, and I’m going to tell you how I do it!
The Binder System
In our homeschool we have a daily binder where we keep our worksheets and assignments for the week. I love the binder system because if we need to take our school on the go, all we have to do is grab our binders go!
The binders have pocket folders for each day of the week, blank notebook paper, a pencil pouch, and important resources the girls can use as a reference guide (such as frequently misspelled words, multiplication tables, etc.). In the front of the binder each girl has a schedule for the week broken down by day and subject so they know exactly what needs to get done that day.
Every Sunday night I put together their binder for the week. Then when we have to leave the house, our school day doesn’t have to be interrupted! The girls just grab their binders and bring them along so they can can continue working on their schoolwork while I run my errands.
Need to get your reading and literature lesson for the day? Download the book you are reading as an audio book and play it in the car as you drive around! Then have a discussion with your children about the chapter(s) you just “read”.
You can check out audio books from your local library, or purchase them online through Amazon. For more audio book resources follow my pinterest board.
Watch Documentaries in the Car
Does your vehicle have a DVD player? Or maybe you have an iPad or some other type of tablet that you can use to watch videos? If so, then you’re set for car-schooling! Just have a couple documentaries saved in advance that are age appropriate and have your children watch it while you’re driving around in the car. It’s a win win because you’re still getting school work done, and the kids aren’t getting bored in the car!
Check out my documentaries Pinterest board for resources on documentaries for kids.
Learn About Musicians and Types of Music
Sometimes when the kids are already finished with their school work for the day I like to turn on some different types of music and let them listen to it, introducing them to famous musicians and songs from before their time. This can prompt history lessons if you discuss the era the song was released and how the singer lived in that time.
We also discuss the different types of music genre’s or or even the instruments we hear. I’m a firm believer that giving kids some form of musical education is very important, and this helps me get the job done! What better way to do that than while riding together in the car?
Listen to Educational Songs
For the younger kids there are many different CD’s you can find where the songs themselves are educational. For example, we use this CD with our 4 year old sometimes and it’s taught her many things like what the vowels and their sounds are, the water cycle, and even skip counting!
If you have younger kids, I cannot recommend this CD enough!
Needless to say, you do not have to put school on hold when those unexpected errands arise. Even while riding in the car there are plenty of ways to give your children a quality education.
Have you found a creative way to make your car rides educational? We would love to hear about them! Comment below and share your ideas with the rest of us!