Monday, October 9, 2017

Five Minute October: Plan


One of my favorite parts of homeschooling is our field trips. Rather than taking a field trip day once or twice a month, we save up our time and pennies to do a longer trip in new locations.  We've seen 46 of the mainland 48 states in the last three years and visited over 80 National Parks locations.

However, a trip of 30 states in 34 days takes some serious planning.  We start making our wish list just after Christmas.  Everyone gets to list a few things they'd like to see and do. It could be as specific as "have an in-person lesson with my violin teacher in Minnesota" (Celia) to as vague as "Can we do something Pony Express?"  Sometimes, we pick things based on "We're this far already..." I mean, as I was mapping out one trip, I realized that from Petrified Forest National Park, San Diego and the Pacific Ocean were only about two inches away! We added on to our trip -- we felt we couldn't be within six hours of the other end of the country and not put our feet in the ocean.

It's going to be time to plan our trip for next summer soon.  Last year was a short trip to Massachusetts.  Matthew wants to go to Kitty Hawk and Great Sand Dunes NP.  I pointed out they were nowhere near each other, and he said, "Well, I didn't mean in the same day!" Sounds like I'm planning another big road trip for our future!

Click here to read the entire series:  Five Minute October

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