This week’s curriculum was dictated by our family plans… it’s time for our summer vacation!! Planning for vacation involves a LOT of work on my part. I’m sure any parents reading this know that packing up a family for a full week is a major undertaking.
So, on one hand, I want to capitalize on this adventure and use our school routine to prepare B and make sure she gains from the experience. On the other hand, it is important to me to minimize extra work – my priority is that both B and I relax and enjoy our vacation.
Our school this week will be less formal than usual. We’ll grab a few books that relate to our vacation during a trip to the library, as well as a stack of books for the whole family to read in the car and on the beach. While on vacation, I plan to simply seek out teachable moments, and to draw B’s attention to the similarities and differences in our vacation routine as compared to “real life.”
If you simply decide that vacation week is a vacation… and you won’t be doing school… no worries! This curriculum is designed to fit into the ebb and flow of normal family life. In our case, we’ve just started getting into our school routine and B has been very excited about it. I don’t want to loose momentum with a week off and I know the trip will be full of teachable moments and learning experiences I might like to capture.
If you do decide to plan curriculum around a vacation, your choice of destination will play a large roll in your decision-making. This summer, we’re meeting friends at their cabin in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Our vacation will involve hiking, swimming, campfires, wildlife spotting, boating, fishing, and more… all bookended by a 7 hour drive to and from our destination. The planning I’ve described below is focused on our Northwoods trip, but can certainly be adapted to other types of vacations. Where is your family planning to vacation? Let me know in the comments!