Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Using the world as OUR classroom - Our first "leg"


This world is a beautiful place and what an amazing classroom it can be for families!  And now with the internet, your curriculum for your road schooling trip is just a click away.

Once my hubby and I had come up with our route and stops, I researched a lot!  I've found that most major attractions have an educational link for school field trips.  Those links are PACKED with printables, book titles and so much more that can really make learning fun (and easy) when you are on the road.

For our epic road trip, we were stopping at the Great Sand Dunes National Park, so I looked at their website and discovered their brilliant Jr Ranger’s Program!  BOOM..that was going to be my core curriculum for a few days.

The Great Sand Dunes had a great set-up in their Visitor's Center for their Jr. Ranger Program.

And we learned right with our kiddos as we observed how ALL this sand blows across the plains and piles up to create THIS...


We called it "America's BIGGEST sandbox"!

We camped at The Great Sand Dunes Camp Ground...this was our view!


Side note:  The Jr. Ranger Program is AMAZING!!!

Find out more, here, about the Jr. Ranger


Our next stop was a geothermal swimming pool in Hopper, Colorado called The Sand Dune Swimming Pool.  One our first day, my husband (who is a USGS hydrogeologist) helped us incorporate this into our morning lesson before we hit the pool for some swimming.


 

J's diagram of the Geothermal well that provided the HOT water for the pools.

We camped there for a few nights, so learning, in the fresh mountain air, was the perfect way to start our day...followed by our VERY LONG recess at a pool that was a perfect 98 degrees!



And this is just the beginning of our trip!  Check back to see how we learned at the cabin....more Jr. Ranger adventures, some dinosaurs and learning all about "The Hydrologic Cycle".

Happy Learning with your Little Ones!!!





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