Everyone loves a day on the beach. But have you ever thought that a trip to the beach could be fun and meaningful? On today’s Home School Heartbeat with HSLDA President Mike Smith, Melissa Morgan talks about a few ways to have a great travel experience—even if it’s just a day in the sand.
Melissa, last time we talked about why it’s important to think outside the box when planning family travels. Can you explain to our listeners what you mean when you say, “travel is an experience”?
When you think about educational travel as an experience, you take time to really examine the study for instance, that sand at the beach. What is it composed of, how does it react? Travel can help you experience learning with all your senses, making learning concrete for all ages and abilities: cementing learning into memory forever. Travel helps you remember to learn with your eyes, ears, nose, touch, taste. Find adventures and field trips in the ordinary or unusual places. Educational travel means learning all the time. Whether your trip is across many states or countries or just across town. At the petting zoo, you don’t just read about animals, you smell and feel their woolly coats. Touch and feel the animals; learn to care about and for them. We make it a habit to stop at all their first rest stops whenever we cross over a state line. At the rest stops we get free tour guides, maps, and a hotel and restaurant coupon book. We look for activities that will interest each individual in the family from the oldest to the youngest. Leave space in your plans for unexpected experiences and adventures such as our recent trip to the Creation Museum in Kentucky.
Thank you for that helpful insight, Melissa. Until next time, I’m Mike Smith.