With Justin being in school in Orlando, we plan to travel between home and Orlando regularly. Some months we'll only be able to make it out for 10-12 days, but other months we are hoping to make it out at least twice a month. The beauty of running a business from home and homeschooling the kids is being able to spend time in a new state, explore the area and use this is a wonderful learning opportunity.
The drive is 11 hours with no stops. I know I will stop a minimum of 3 times, making the trip 12 hours if we run into no problems. 3AM wake up call. 4AM on the road. 4PM in Orlando. We know one of the stops is always at Buccees. We stop just outside of Baton Rouge, fill up, stretch our legs and head straight to Buccees in Foley, Alabama. That stretch is 3 1/2 hours and Finn is always ready to get out and gobble up a brisket sandwich. In this picture, she wanted to show her daddy she was eating the same thing he eats when he stops there. Proud as could be!
I usually try to make it to Tallahassee for the next stop. It's 3 hours from Buccees but by this leg of the trip the little girl is ready to get out of her car seat!
Final stop is really dependent on the little girl. Sometimes she's sleeping, other times she wide awake. When she's asleep, we head straight to Kissimmee, when she's awake we go with the flow. I try to make it to Ocala, but by this point, she rules the show.
We spend lots of time outside. We always have a canvas, brush, paint, balls, bubbles, playdoh, colors, markets, coloring books, Barbies and cards handy.
Our first day at the camper is a day we just take it easy. We are all tired from the long drive and need time to decompress, get situated and plan our days ahead. I work early mornings, do school with the kids mid-day/early afternoon and pick a day or two to hit the road to explore while we are in Florida. I really do believe that there is no curriculum, book, test or project that can replace a curious mind.
My favorite non-book learning experience:
We have picnics outside, do our school work and travel work under the pavilions and feed the turtles as many times a day as the little girl's heart desires.
What possibly can we learn from feeding turtles, taking walks and explore the new area!
Picture of this cutie sleeping on her Frozen bed. Because why not?
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As a homeschooling mom who found that her children thrived more when living life together instead of being stuck in a classroom 8 hours a day, I turned my love of travel and educating my kids into the perfect mix: unschooling.