November 21, 2019

A Family Road-Tripping Tool

Even though The Homeschool Resource Roadmap is completely free and independent - so I'm not beholden to paying customers, advertisers, or share holders - I regularly consider ways to improve the site's appeal and functionality...just because I want to help my fellow home educators as much as possible. Originally, that meant aiming to list the common core stance for every resource I know homeschoolers use and/or that markets to us. Then I purposed to create detailed charts showing other important information about each provider and also added a section with additional helpful links.

Within that section, I've been working for many months on something pretty special: extensive lists of field trip and roadschooling venues. The lists link to dozens of educational destinations in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia, as well as every Canadian province, and also a few international opportunities. They include a wide variety of venues, including art galleries, children's museums, factory tours, farms and orchards, historical museums and sites, national and state parks, nature preserves, science museums, zoos, etc. These lists - which I compiled based on personal knowledge, my interaction with other home educators, and reference to the Homeschool Buyers Co-op resource pages - are thorough but not exhaustive; I know I'll become aware of and add other venues over time.

The lists can, of course, be used by homeschoolers when planning field trips of one sort or another. Additionally, they can be referenced by home educators who are roadschooling, either short- or long-term. And they're a beneficial tool for all parents - homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers alike - as a guide for planning family outings and vacations. As I visited all the websites, I couldn't help but think of the many wonderful, enriching experiences kids and their parents can have by choosing to visit some of the different options on the lists.

Click below to begin exploring the possibilities, and feel free to share this post or that link far and wide. And if you know of venues I can add, leave the site names and URLs (website links) in a comment.

Photo Credit: mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

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