When we told Anna’s teacher that we are going to take her out for a week, she said, Great idea! Kids with Anna’s mind learn so much on the road. She gave us some school work to take with us that she said she put together specially for Anna – a trip journal, a weather tracker, and “number detective” work – find a number, then write 4 other numbers: +1, –1, 10, –10. Anna loved the number work and added some of her own variations to the blank pages.
On the road we spent time listening to The Story of the World, Volume 2. 7+ hours on the road pass much quicker with a good story, and it was interesting to listen to Anna’s questions and connections she was drawing between different events. She picked her favorite parts too – a naval battle between England and Spain, for example. She is becoming quite a history buff, except she doesn’t care about dates or names, only about the events themselves and what they meant to the world.
Anna was super excited about San Diego zoo, because her teacher told her that she used to do her research there by studying monkeys. Naturally, Anna couldn’t wait to get to monkeys. Luckily, capuchins were pretty lively, and we spent at least 30 minutes in front of their cage while Anna wrote and wrote in her writing journal that we brought along together with pencils and erasers. Here is her report (with spelling corrections):
Monkeys pick bugs out of others’ fur to eat. Monkeys eat fruits. Monkeys climb trees and jump on to rocks. Monkeys observe us. Monkeys climb trees to get their lunch. Monkeys walk on ropes in their habitat. Monkeys can stand on only their back legs. Monkeys stash food for themselves. Monkeys probably like swinging because they have a swing in their cage.
The best part of schooling on the road, of course, is a journey itself. I am grateful for a chance to take my daughter to new places, to watch her excitement over new discoveries and to hear her questions. I am looking forward to more travel and schooling on the road in the future.