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When you homeschool or tutor from home or at your student’s home, everything is an opportunity to learn and have fun while doing it. Going camping with your family is a rite of passage, first as a child and then later on as a parent. Sure, things have gotten a lot easier these days with dedicated pitches, facilities, WiFi, and so on, but it is still possible to have a great camping experience and an adventure too.
You can still go old school and pop a tent up somewhere in a grassy clearing or on a camping site, but it is possible to go glamping or stay in pods if you do not fancy putting a tent up. Make sure you know the camp site – visit first if possible, see what other users thought of it, see what facilities they have and what other equipment you need. It’s also worth checking long range weather reports closer to the time so you’ve got the right clothing and equipment. As this is an education experience you’ll have to pre-plan many items like worksheets, activities, games and so on.
Consider Many Different Activities
Here are some fun activities you can do with your children while camping:
- Map Reading: in a world of GPS, this valuable skill has almost been lost, but it is still a great skill to learn.
- Bark Rubbings: Crayons or charcoal and some paper, get them to get some bark rubbings from different trees and compare the results.
- Scavenger Hunts: At the easiest level give them a list of things to find in the area, under supervision, and let them see what they can find off the list. Advanced versions can include clues and missions too.
- Stargazing: Out in the wild it should be easy to find star filled skies. Teach them to find the major planets and constellations.
- Animal/Bird Spotting: Research the likely animals and get them to keep a journal of all the birds and animals they’ve spotted. Later on, if you don’t know what something is, you can work on it together.
- Building a Nature Journal: Taking all of the above, you can get them to practice their writing with a journal covering all of the things they have seen and done.
- Learning About Campfires: Again under parental observation, but let them learn about campfires, telling stories, and having toasted marshmallows.
Plan Now While It’s Cold Outside
Now is the time to get planning. Sure, it’s cold outside and most people do not fancy a winter hike – though seeing the landscape in all seasons is vital. After all, in the main, migratory animals have moved around, so there are different species of birds in the trees, the planets have moved around the night sky and different plants are flowering than usual. Alternatively, you can sit in the warmth of your home, scour maps and websites for ideas, and plan that spring or summer camping adventure so that it is perfect when the time comes.