Ways To Teach Children While Traveling

Teaching children out of class

Are you thinking of taking your children out of school and on a trip around Australia exploring or even to another country for a visit but are worried what the teachers will say or what will happen with their education in the long term ?

Go for it ! Teachers say the best education for your children is real life experience and they can learn so much more with one on one teaching with people that love them !

Home schooling while traveling is becoming very popular all over the world now with many families choosing to spend more quality time together as a family and bonding together. .

Do you take the time to teach your children different skills while even on short breaks away camping or visiting other towns or cities ?

We took our 3 daughters over to Wales for a visit where I was born and lived for 5 years before we left on a ship to live in New Zealand .

After they attended school for a while in Chepstow we took them out of school and traveled around Wales & England with a caravan while their dad was working and loved the time we spent together as a family!

Here are some examples of work they did while on the road with and without me .

Maths Lesson !

Double rummy maths lesson
Double rummy maths lesson

Maths- learn maths while travelling

I was never very good at Maths myself and as it was winter in England while traveling we spent quite a bit of time inside the caravan keeping warm and enjoying quality time together.

One of their maths lessons was playing a card game called Double Rummy - the girls had to add up their scores in their head when they lost each game !

We also bought maths workbooks for them at News agents.

Other Maths included

Counting our change out.

Adding up while shopping

Measurements while cooking

Sums I set out for them in a book

Working out milage while on the road

There are many other ways for children to learn maths out of a school classroom.


There are many ways for children to learn English and spelling while on the road .

As you are driving the children can read word signs - car rego plates , map books etc

Playing scrabble is a way for them to keep up with their spelling while enjoying some family fun !

Workbooks again help with other aspects of English that you might not be skilled in yourself.

The girls would write about every place they visited during the week.

Have the children

write postcards / letters to family

write a diary of events

read a book in the evening

write a funny story for a magazine

do your food shopping list

read out a recipe for you

Scrabble for English

Learning can be fun !
Learning can be fun !

Social Studies

Learn as you travel about social issues in the area you are visiting , culture by visiting museums of various subjects / visitor centers .

if you are in one area for a few days see if your child can visit a local school and spend time with the locals .

PE - Exercise

Physical education is very important & there are many enjoyable ways to do this as a family while traveling !

Walking to town /bush walking along some interesting tracks .

Hire a canoe / kayak when by a lake or river ,great for the upper body !

Snorkeling- swimming wherever possible

Play frisbee in a park ! or good old chasing .

If you can take your pushbikes on the road with you and explore smaller places by bike for exercise.

Snorkeling for exercise

Exercise can be fun as well as learning new skills and about life under the water
Exercise can be fun as well as learning new skills and about life under the water

Teach our children - History

As you are traveling there will be many opportunities to teach children about History in museums and local libraries .

Visit historic sites or a famous persons home .

We visited the place where Peter Rabbit was set & stood at the gate Peter ran under in the book by Beatrice Potter !

Maybe look up famous people before you leave so they are excited about seeing ned Kelly country or where others lived.

If you have specific lessons for them then you might want to download information for them from the computer.

Teach children Home Economics

While traveling think of the benefits your children have with you being able to give them hands on experience in cooking , not just with an oven either !

Teach them skills like

lighting a fire -

cooking a damper on the open fire

prepare and cook a fresh fish or crab you caught together

A roast meal in the ashes

toast & marshmallows

how to cook on a bbq

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We lived in Chepstow, Wales travelled to London , stayed there in winter when it was snowing , visited Cornwall and many other places with the girls.

Garlic Prawns

Learn new recipes together
Learn new recipes together

Other Skills- teaching children as you travel instead of school

There are so many skills you will be able to teach your children while you are together on the road !

Teach your children about speed while visiting a water park/ race track !

How to catch a fish and cook it on a bbq or fire/ diferent types of fish

Crabbing/ where crabs live

Catching prawns

How to change a tyre


Budgeting & how to save money

Fixing a leak

Sewing by hand

Use maps for solving problems .

Teach them how to fish

and cooking fish
and cooking fish

Try new food & how to cook on a fire

Try catching your own seafood
Try catching your own seafood
and cooking on the fire
and cooking on the fire

Nature trips

Learn where pearls come from
Learn where pearls come from
and learn about animals
and learn about animals

Be a close family

My girls went back to school after our travels and they all did well , are now in good jobs which they enjoy so don't be scared to teach your children as you travel as they will with the right guidence turn out to be well adjusted / well liked hard working young adults with a great experience for memories to last a long time as well as bring you closer as a family.

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Nils Visser 5 years ago from The Low Countries

Interesting information, but clearly you have to be prepared to commit a great deal of time.

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freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain Author

There is a lot that the children can do on their own like the card game, textbook work , writing so it is not that bad , A lot of this is optional ! Some of it is just good old family fun as well which everyone will enjoy !

Lisa Wood 5 years ago

As we start to travel around Australia I am starting to realise the different aspect of what our kids can learn from life. Its more about the real world then about learning from a text book! I am starting to lean towards free unschooling.



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freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thats great ! Don't feel you have to do it all either . Teach what you can & take advantage of resources open to you as you travel. Have days off & relax-unwind - no pressure !

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LearnFromMe 5 years ago

When parents take kids out of school for a vacation here in the U.S., education is far from their minds, unfortunately. There are so many teaching opportunities even in the short trips they take! Thanks for sharing all of your ideas about teaching children while traveling. :)

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freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thank you ! This is more for a long term trip 6 months to a year or more .

However I agree in that it is good to take every opportunity to teach our children even short breaks & it can be fun & make a family closer.

Gemma 5 years ago

Oh the memories :-) Still love double rummy and scrabble!

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freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain Author

It was fun aye , when you managed to get me out of bed to put the table up ! That is what you call cold in England lol!

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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Hello FreeCampingAussie ~ Since you like to camp and travel, it is a wonderful idea to think ahead and plan the kinds of educational activities for the kiddies. No matter the setting, something can be learned if we try. Solving any types of problems puts the mind to work. Blessings, Debby

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freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thank you ! There are many families traveling with children these days so it is nice being able to help with ideas.

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johannesgren 5 years ago

Great hub. Close familitize is still the best way to have a successful generation. Good job!

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freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thanks ! When we took our children around England in a caravan the teachers loved the idea & said It was the best way of learning for the children !

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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Please feel free to add any experiences that will help others while traveling around Australia with children .

Loreena 4 years ago

This is so, so true! Even though we're not travelling yet, we still homeschool by choice and it's amazing the change I've witnessed in my eldest since he left the state education system behind. Children are learners by nature, and allowing them to follow their natural inquisitiveness and interests while guiding them in their progress is a wonderful gift to them I believe!

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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thanks for the visit Loreena, It is an amazing time traveling or teaching our children giving them so many beautiful memories + talents in life .It also gives them confidence to try new skills .

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savanahl 4 years ago

These are some really great tips and I agree, kids learn so much by experiencing life. Thanks for sharing.

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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thanks for the visit Savanahl, Traveling with children is very enjoyable & makes learning fun for them .

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Rob Winters 4 years ago

Great tips here! Your hub really highlights all the opportunities we have to teach our children outside of school hours whether we are travelling or not.Up & Useful

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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thanks Rob ! Children learn more when it is fun and interesting so we should take every opportunity to teach them when we have time with them.

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Li Galo 3 years ago from Mainly the USA but Sometimes Abroad

I really enjoyed this article, particularly the pictures. Great tips! I linked to your article in my article called "How to Travel Long Term With Kids - Schooling Your Children on the Road."

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writinglover 3 years ago from Lost...In Poetry

Have you ever played Cribbage? That's a good game that requires math, too. That's how I learned as I grew up and it's fun, too! Awesome hub!

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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain Author

writinglover , No I have heard the name but never tried it . I will google it as have cards for on the plane , Thanks for visiting !

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Rabadi 13 months ago from New York

Love this! Im a teacher so this is a great resource to add to developing learning skills in children. Keep up the great hubs I will pass this along. You got yourself a new friend.

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freecampingaussie 13 months ago from Southern Spain Author

Rabadi , Thanks for the visit & I am so pleased you enjoyed my hub as it is so much fun teaching children while traveling !

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