So, we are getting ready for a big road trip. We just love these mega trips down the Baja Peninsula. It’s always a challenge for me to keep things simple. I always want to bring way,way too much stuff. Curriculum. Last year I brought a huge box thinking that we would do some book work most mornings. What a waste of space. There was lots of learning, but none of it was from some store bought curriculum, it was learning Mexican culture, spending EIGHT WEEKS on a the road, camping every night, learning the language, being in nature, in the desert, in the middle of an oasis, climbing rocks, hiking arroyos, meeting lots of new people, old and young, making new friends and seeing old friends. We listen to books on the IPOD and read a lot. We are the weird family that doesn’t even bring along a car DVD player to watch movies for the VERY LONG DRIVE! 5 days to get somewhere warm & fun!
So, is this unschooling adventure putting a gap in the kids’ education? I think not. I believe it is enhancing their knowledge of nature and human kind. I believe that their sense of the world is broadening and I believe that we are recharged as a family. 5 people in our pickup truck and in our 8ft camper is a lot of people. We HAVE to communicate well and get along. There’s not much choice, so we do and we are a stronger family-unit because of it!