Fun & Easy Ways to Homeschool On-The-Go

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Life gets busy.

Instead of doing homeschool in the comfort of your home, you may find the need to bring your homeschooling on the road. You can make homeschool on-the-go stressfree and enjoyable with these fun and easy tips and resources.

When you homeschool on-the-go, you save precious time as you make sure homeschooling happens. Life doesn’t always fit perfectly into cookie cutters. Homeschooling on-the-go helps you be smart about using your time so you can feel less stress and enjoy more fun 🙂

 

Why You May Need to Homeschool On-The-Go

When you started homeschooling, you might’ve had this picture in your mind of relaxed and happy homeschool days where you’d have plenty of time to do everything and anything. And you may have some of those days!

But, if you have a large family or kids who are involved in several extracurricular activities, you know how quickly your calendar gets filled and how often you have to put on your chauffeur hat.

For example, I’ll give you a sneak peek into one of our homeschool days this summer.

  • Breakfast about 7 am.
  • Clean-up and do homeschool morning time.
  • Get my three little guys’ backpacks ready around 9:30 am and pop everyone into the van to get one of the older boys to a soccer training.

    Xman, Smiley, & Bear with their special backpacks. (Photo bomb: Cooper the Pup)
  • In the van, we may listen to an audiobook or work on multiplication facts.
  • Drop off older boy and head to the library in town to check out books and get a bit of work done while we wait to pick up older brother.
  • Pick up older brother and head home for lunch. Older brothers do some homeschool work while little guys play.
  • Pack up everyone again to take two older boys for sports physicals so they can participate in school soccer. Sit in the pediatrician’s waiting room and do homeschool work with younger three boys.
  • Go home and continue homeschool work with older boys while little guys play.
  • Remember that these boys need to eat and make dinner. Clean-up and get ready for next event.
  • Pack up everyone again to drop off other older boy at his evening soccer training. Pull out backpacks to do a bit more homeschool work while waiting at practice.
  • Arrive at home just in time for baths, stories, and bedtime.

Now, that’s not every day. But, as my boys get older and more involved in activities (which include volunteer work and church), our stay-at-home-and-relax days are fewer and farther between. And X-man (4) started speech therapy once a week so there’s that.

For our family, the boys’ competitive soccer keeps us on-the-go. You may find that you need to homeschool on-the-go because:

  • Therapy appointments
  • Doctor appointments
  • Music lessons
  • Art lessons
  • 4-H
  • You travel for work
  • Volunteer work

Despite our busy schedule, I’m still able to homeschool all five of my boys and have fun while doing it! And you can, too. It just takes a bit of preparation, planning, and the right materials.

 

Must-Have Materials to Homeschool On-The-Go with No Stress

Snacks & Meals

If you’re on-the-go, then you’ll need to bring food and drinks with you! I know that if my boys are getting cranky, they need something to eat or drink. Instead of spending a ton of money on unhealthy snacks, I pack tasty treats that are healthy and satisfying.

Our new favorite way to pack yummy snacks and meals is this awesome Zulay Kids Bento Box. My boys love having an easy way to access their snacks whenever they need them.

 

 

Clipboards

A clipboard is excellent for organizing written work that needs to be done that day.

For example, for each of my boys, I write their assignments in a checklist format on a piece of loose-leaf paper and add to the top of their clipboard work. Under that checklist, I add workbook pages and more loose-leaf paper to jot down answers to assignments in books. They either leave completed work on their clipboard or place in a folder for finished work.

We’ve used a variety of clipboards. Your local dollar store might have great options. Our absolute favorite clipboards have a storage place for papers and writing utensils.

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Backpacks

Your kids can carry their own backpacks and learn responsibility for their work. You may choose to carry your little ones’ homeschool work in your own bag.

Make sure the bags you use have a zipper, velcro, or another way to close and keep closed. When you homeschool on-the-go, you don’t want all of your precious materials spilling out!

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Pencil Pouch

A pencil pouch is optional but we’ve found it extremely helpful to keep writing utensils, highlighters, and sticky notes in separate areas. Pencils and pens get lost in backpacks (and can take forever to find even after all the homeschool work is dumped out). Or pens get busted and ink gets splattered on everything. Yuck!

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Audiobooks

You can keep the learning fun going while you homeschool on-the-go with audiobooks! Great for listening to and discussing in your vehicle while driving to and from appointments or waiting at practices.

My friend, Erin (Nourishing My Scholar), shares this fabulous list of 70 Favorite Audiobooks for Kids. We got a subscription to Audible to feed our addiction love of audiobooks 🙂


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You can also bring a set of headphones or two for your kids to plug into an audiobook. Keeps them off screens and quiet!

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Apps

Educational apps can be fabulous ways to help you homeschool on-the-go. Practice math drills, reading, and other skills.

Tip: Keep those headphones or earbuds out for learning apps! Your kids will want to turn up the volume and that can disturb others.

Here are a few suggestions on apps that your kids may like:

 

Fun & Easy Ways to Homeschool On-The-Go with Little Ones

When you homeschool on-the-go with little ones, it’s awesome! Great ways to keep them engaged and busy.

Although I do try to stick to easy-to-manage items like books and papers with my younger boys when we homeschool on-the-go, we are a hands-on and interactive learning family. So, I try to include a few hands-on learning fun activities like:

 

Homeschool On-The-Go with Your Older Kids

Your older kids will most likely read or work on math problems when you homeschool on-the-go. But, you can add a touch of fun to their homeschooling with items like:

 

Use your time wisely & homeschool on-the-go! Get tips on how to use these fun & easy ways to make the most of your time & still enjoy a busy homeschool life.

 

You can have a busy schedule and still thrive in your homeschool. Customize these ideas and resources to fit the ages and stages of your kids. Enjoy your homeschool on-the-go so you can enjoy time for family fun!

What challenges do you have with homeschooling on-the-go?

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  1. I’d never heard of the Prof. Noggin Trivia Cards until this post, thank you for another great resource!!

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