Tips for an Educational Vacation

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educational vacationsCombining your vacation with education aspects can be a great way to keep your children learning during the summer months outside of the classroom. From trips to museums, nature walks, and visits to national parks, there are a variety of fun and educational areas you can travel to that will please the whole family. Here are a few tips to help you plan a vacation this summer that will bring the family together while learning a bit about the world.

Likes & Dislikes and Age-Appropriateness

Before you start planning your educational trip, think about the different likes and dislikes of the members of your family. Do your children love to spend time outdoors? Are they into marine biology and underwater animals? Do they love to talk about ancient artifacts and extinct civilizations? There are options for each, and it's important to keep this in mind. If your children love animals, bringing them to an art museum might be a recipe for disaster.

Also make sure to keep your trip age-appropriate. While you may enjoy the intricacies of ancient Incan pottery, your four-year-old son might get bored quickly. Find activities in which you can participate as a family.

Location

Think about where you would like to take your family for your much-earned vacation. Have the cold winter months left you wanting a beach getaway? Or would you rather hop in the car and go on a road trip together? Each will have educational opportunities.

What You Can Do and See

Now it's time to find things that will get your kids thinking and learning about the world around them. To start, physical activities can be extremely educational, and can leave you feeling accomplished at the end of the day. Consider taking a guided tour of an area to learn about the history, or to be shown and taught about the different flora and fauna of the location. To include your children, have them write down small pieces of information about what they learn, and go over it with them at the end of the day. Have them keep it simple—this is a good way to keep their attention.

If you're heading on a road trip, try stopping at as many national parks, monuments, and museums that come along your way. Unplanned educational destinations can provide a large amount of information that you otherwise would most likely not come across. Also, stay open to your children's suggestions—if they want to visit a place with animals, try to find a zoo or aquarium to satisfy their wishes.

Don't Forget What You Learned

In order to seal all of the information in your children's minds for a while, have them keep a record of all of the interesting things that they saw on the trip. This can be in a journal, a small book, or just notes jotted down on scrap paper. Once you arrive back home, have them repeat to you all of the great things they learned, or ask them to tell their friends and family about their educational adventure. Talking about the information will keep it engrained in the memory.

Get Out and Learn!

A vacation is a chance to get away from all of the chaos of everyday life and relax away from home. But as you watch the stress melt away, find a few educational outlets for you and your children to keep your minds sharp and to learn about the world.

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