Why do a homeschool road trip?

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I have often been asked why we choose to do a road trip with our kids. And since we are currently on one right now I thought I would share why. Since we are all sitting here.

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I truly believe that we as parents are call by The God of the Universe, and his son Jesus the Christ to teach our children in all phases of their lives. And one of the way we have chosen to do so is to take our kids into the world to teach. I am not saying that you couldn’t do this from the comforts of your home, but I am saying that we have been blessed with the passion, time and money to do so and have seen this experience to be the best teacher for our kids.

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Yes, there are hard times, like yesterday we were on a bus tour of zion national park when there was a flash flood warning for the park area and with a full bus load of people trying to escape the down pour and get back to their shelters. Our youngest, Charlotte started to scream almost uncontrollably. It was a very uncomfortable to say the least but our children got to show the love of Christ to the on lookers, as they gave us “that” look. It was pretty awesome to see. And they got to see water falls that are rarely seen in the park, since Utah is the 2nd driest state in the union. The rain bought a new way to look at Noah’s flood. When we could see these waterfalls and pools start from now where. When was the last time or the first time you got to see a waterfall start?

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We also use our trips as a teaching tool for the rest of the year, drawing our little students minds back to a trip, hike, hardship, joys or triumph to teach a subject or concept. For example, this year Zoe is going to learn about power and wonder of water. So to see the rain shape the land in real time, I believe this trips memories will last a life time, and you can’t get that from your kitchen table.

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So I would like to ask why not take your kids on a “homeschool” trip! Yes, it has a cost but the reward far out weights to it. So with a little planning anyone can do it.

A visit to the Beach

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Here are some pictures from a recent trip to Birch Bay.  

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I finally figured out how Greg can have fun at the beach.  Sure he loves to go to the beach but (for anyone that knows him) he’s not much of a ‘sit around for hours and watch the kids play kinda guy.  But, when he brings his gear its a whole new story.  He has fun, the kids have fun and we all get to enjoy the videos in the end. _MG_0941

Homeschool Trip 2013: Part 4

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Today you get to read about us driving!  Because really, in a road trip there’s a lot of driving.  And after miles and miles you start to snap pictures and must share them with all.

Most of our driving through the Midwest and now leaving Texas and driving west has looked like this.

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So, when you see a “mountain” in the distance it justifies taking a picture!

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Then you realize it was just a fleeting moment and you have this again.

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And, when there are a hundred billboards on BOTH sides of the road all for the same place…you find that pretty interesting too.

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Our first real stop on this leg of the journey was Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The houses were different…

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The rocks were different…

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And we made a pit-stop at the Petroglyph National Monument

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It started to pour as soon as we made it inside so, unfortunately, we weren’t able to see the actual mountain side.  I know we are from the northwest and all but we were on vacation.  Hiking in the rain didn’t sound quite so appealing.  The kids completed their folder to earn themselves a Junior Ranger badge and we started on our way again.  We were able see a little wild life though!

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Another great reason to go RV-ing!

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Arizona really loves these signs.  They were everywhere.

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That’s all for now.  Our next stop is Bearizona!

The Beach

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It has been my desire to get caught up on my summer photos and blogging.  While that may not happen I will at least give a glimpse of our summer.

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We headed to the beach with my sister-in-law and nephew.  She’s supper cool and got in the water with the kids looking for fish and crabs while I got to sit in the sand and take pictures.  Perfect.   June 20131

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Zoe was bummed she forgot her kite but guess what she found?

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The beach was crawling with caterpillars.  The boys were quite excited by it.  When Zeke had one stuck to his back his brother thought the use of a rock was the best method of removal.

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Silly me forgot swim gear.  Oliver hiked his shorts up as far as possible and walked across the giant pool.  June 2013

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After too long it no longer mattered.   June 20132

Toby enjoyed himself in his normal way. 057

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