Homeschooling in the car is my way of describing taking the free time we have in the car and sometimes using it for educational purposes. I’m not advocating for families to bring their workbooks along with them everywhere and wear their children out on school work. Learning should be fun and a normal part of life.
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- – Complete the story
This is one of my favorite games to play but is one of the hardest for me to play when driving so I usually have to sit out but I love hearing the stories my kids create. One person begins to tell a story about anything at all. After a few sentences they say, “and then…” Then the next person jumps in and adds a few more sentences to the story. “and then…” “and then…” You get the picture. The story can end anytime you want or after a set number of rounds. Ours usually ends in full on belly laughs. I love it! It’s silly but works their creative juices, listening skills, comprehension, and vocabulary.
- – License plate addition
One day my husband revealed that he has always had the quirk of adding license plate numbers in his head and I thought that was a great idea! I held onto the idea until my kids were more fluent with their math skills but this is a great one.
- – License plate rounding
After my husband shared the above game with us I transitioned it to a game that worked better for our kids at that time. We decided to round the license plate number to the nearest ten, or hundred, you get the idea. This was a fun game because it required them to think quickly. When we first started we had the kids read the number out loud so we could help them with it in case the car drove away quickly.
- – Geography game
Everyone names a location that begins with a letter of the alphabet beginning with A and going through to Z, while repeating the ones that were listed before. Alps, Belgium, China, Denmark…
- – Jokes and Riddles
My kids are going through a stage where jokes and riddles are the bees knees. They love them and always have a new joke to tell anyone they meet. One of the favorites lately is, “What did the cat get when he crossed the desert on Christmas Day?” The answer is….”sandy claws.” Thinking through jokes and finding the humor in twisting the English language can be a challenging and rewarding experience. I think that the rather dull opportunity that car trips provide is a great atmosphere for telling good old fashioned jokes.
I’ll be brainstorming more ideas for homeschooling with in the car and I hope you’ll share any and all ideas you have with me in the comments below.