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Homeschool Experts Recommend Camping as Virtual Learning Tool
Hip Homeschool Moms and Yogi Bears Jellystone Park offer tips to make campouts fun and educational
CINCINNATI, Aug. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With virtual schooling and family camping both skyrocketing as the result of COVID-19, Hip Homeschool Moms, a Parents magazine 2020 Best Homeschooling Resource, and Yogi Bears Jellystone Park have teamed up to help struggling parents create fun, educational learning opportunities.
According to Jellystone Park, reservations are spiking as many schools open virtually and parents work from home, allowing families more flexibility to travel.
Whether parents are using online curriculums provided by schools or are homeschooling, it is important that they find ways to make learning fun, said Trish Corlew, co-founder of HipHomeschoolMoms.com. Most kids need to do more than sit in front of a screen to learn, which is why we are such big fans of camping. It provides so many great, hands-on educational opportunities.
Hip Homeschool Moms has these tips for parents on how to include a late summer or fall camping trip in their virtual or homeschool plans:
1. Look for family friendly campgrounds, such as Jellystone Park. They offer activities that entertain and educate kids, such as Bingo and arts and crafts, which supplement planned learning. They also provide socialization opportunities that are needed with classrooms closed and homeschool field trips and other activities on hold.
2. Involve the kids in planning and managing the trip. Part of the learning experience is allowing kids to help with researching campgrounds, setting the budget for the trip and buying necessary supplies. And once you’re at the campground, let the kids help take care of the RV or cabin. They love responsibilities like these because it makes them feel grown up. These are life skills they will soon need.
3. Check the campgrounds Wi-Fi in advance. Call the campground to make sure it offers sufficient Internet access. If not, rent or buy a mobile hotspot to make sure you have enough bandwidth for online lessons, movie streaming and staying in touch with friends, family and work.
4. Use online lessons and apps. Online lessons perfect for camping are widely available to help children study leaves, trees, rocks, flowers and wildlife. There also are apps designed for outdoor learning, as well as printable activities and games to take with you.
5. Read and walk together. Camping provides the ideal environment to spend time as a family. Read aloud together, taking turns on different pages to help reluctant readers improve their skills. Or have the kids read independently and share what they learned. Scavenger hunts with printed or app-based guides encourage togetherness and learning.
6. Visit local attractions. Many campgrounds are located near natural and historic sites. Consider stopping at some on the way to or from your campground. Museums and science centers can make for great day trips, especially on rainy days.
7. Encourage your children to share what they learn. Kids love to tell stories, take pictures and produce videos. Have them record the weather, plants and animals they observe, and their activities. Journaling and scrapbooking also are great ways to get the most educational value from a trip and to preserve memories. Even before the pandemic, fall camping had become extremely popular with families, especially with most Jellystone Park locations offering special fall events, such as Halloween weekends, said Trent Hershenson, Jellystone Park vice president of Marketing. He encourages parents to book trips now and to consider weekday visits, as weekends book up quickly. Weekday rates also may be lower.
For more advice on educational camping and links to free lessons and guides, visit Hip Homeschool Moms
For tips on planning a family camping trip and to book a reservation at one of more than 75 Yogi Bears Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, visit Yogi Bears Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts
Hip Homeschool Moms, founded in 2010, is a nationwide homeschool community with 300,000+ social media followers.
Pursuing an education while traveling provides some unique opportunities and challenges. The Roadschooling Section provides tips, links, resources and advice about homeschooling on the Road.
Homeschooling requirements should be a factor that fulltiming families consider when choosing a home base state. Some states, such as Texas, have minimal requirements, while others may require supervised testing, record-keeping and more. Parents can obtain information about these requirements by contacting the state Department of Education. Often, a homeschooling group in that state will have helpful information as well.
The RV Lifestyle
Are you considering hitting the road? Want to learn more about living in a motorhome fulltime? If you are new to the idea of living on the road the lifestyle section is where you will learn about downsizing and job options for families on the go.
Find information about budget, insurance and safety issues. Learn about technology that makes your mobile life a breeze. Plus answers to questions about how to stay in shape, take books along, get mail, take pets and more.
Explorations While Fulltiming
Explore the surrounding areas from the home base of your campground. Learn about discounts on local activities for your family.
Find information about, nationwide passes and discounts to museums, zoos and national parks, Look for the Jr. Ranger Programs while camping in our National Parks. Use apps to find the best hiking and biking trails in our National Forests.
Plus use the forum to ask where other families are and how to meet up while traveling, where to attend World Class Family Advenutre Summits, purchase the best camping memberships, where is the best Amusement Parks to take the family too and so much more.
You will find books and on-line RV educational tutorials to help you and your family get ready for the Fulltime Lifestyle.
"I think poor is more a state of mind than a state of finance. We are amazed at how little we actually need, and how much more happy we are now that we don't have to keep up with the Joneses. When you really start thinking about what is essential, you realize that it's only a handful of things, don't you? And there's no need to have all that wasted space in a big house. And when you're not stressed out trying to work for all the "toys", life becomes a joyful discovery of all the things we missed along the way."
~Vickie Swindling (FOTR since 2006)