Homeschool Lessons You Can Teach In The Car

different games and ideas you can use to teach your children while driving

One of the most interesting paradoxes of homeschooling is a great deal of time is actually spent in the car. Homeschooling parents drive children to different classes and learning activities on a daily basis. In addition, because of the freedom homeschooling allows, impromptu long distance road trips are also the norm. Here are some ideas you can use to keep your children learning while in the car.

Toddlers: Sing songs that involve rhyming and counting like "the ants are marching one by one"¦ the little one stopped and sucked his thumb."

Play an alphabet game by calling out the letter A and having the child look for an item that starts with an A. Then call out B and have the child continue the game until you get to Z.

Math: Have children practice counting by playing this game. One child can count all the red cars, while another counts all the black cars. The first child who reaches one hundred wins the game. You can also count billboards, police cars, or any other item you might pass frequently on your trip.

Teach a child how to round a number to the nearest ten and hundred place. Have them practice this skill by estimating numbers on license plates.

Once a child understands the basics of telling time, you can have him or her queue you every 90 minutes for a bathroom break or rest stop.

You can play multiplication songs on the radio. There are several of these available in stores in every music genre from country to rap.

Older children can calculate your gas mileage and how soon you need to stop for more gas. You can also have them figure out your estimated arrival time based on your average speed. You can further question them by asking how long it would take if you drove 20, 30, 40 or even 100 miles and hour.

Geography: Taking regular road trips will teach children all they need to learn about Geography. Try to visit a couple of states on each trip until you have seen every state in the nation. Have the children keep and mark off maps of where they have been. You can also purchase passport books from a National Park and have it stamped at every National Park you visit.

If you do not travel often, you can have the children mark off maps according to license plates they see. You can keep a map of the United States in the car and each time the child sees a license plate from a new state, they can write on that state. They can tape or glue state pennies to their map as well and older kids can write interesting trivia about each state on their map.

If there are several people in the car, you can play a geography game where each person takes a turn saying names of states, or cities in alphabetical order. For instance the first person would say, Atlanta, the second would say Boise, the third would say Chicago, and so forth. You can substitute cities for other things to adapt the game to all age ranges and subjects.

Language: Have a spelling bee. You can take turns coming up with words to spell. Keep a dictionary in the car for disputes.

Teach parts of a sentence by making up mad-libs. Make up short stories leaving blanks in place of the nouns, verbs, adjectives, colors and places. Have someone fill in the words and then read the story back.

Captive Audience: Take advantage of the fact that the children cannot get away from you can teach them things for which they usually do not have patience. You can pop a foreign language tape in the stereo, or read Shakespeare. If it is a long trip, pick up educational books-on-tape like classic plays and historical fiction.

You can also, bring along a TV and VCR or DVD player for the car. This is a good time to learn historical facts from Schoolhouse Rock. The Schoolhouse Rock DVD's have special features like tests.

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