When we started our homeschool journey we were on the road a lot. Our oldest, then 5 and in Kindergarten, attended Montessori one day a week when Blue Spruce taught Russian at the preschool, and our daughter, then 3, attended 5 days a week. Little Balsam Fir was just crawling.
Since preschool was only 2 1/2 hours long and the drive there was 30 minutes one way, it didn't make sense to drive home for a rushed hour. On warm weather days we played at a local park, and on not-so-great days we lounged at the library. I needed something I could pack easily for White Pine's homeschooling (especially since I was already juggling a diaper bag, snack bag and a wiggly baby). Work binders!
Using a 1" 3 ring binder, sometimes with a clear plastic sleeve on the front and sometimes not, I created a portable, easy-to-tote curriculum binder that the kids pack into a backpack with a pencil case filled small scissors, 8 pack of colored pencils, small pencil sharpener, glue stick, 1-2 sharpened pencils, and Vis-A-Vis wet erase markers. It's really been quite helpful for school-on-the-road!
Here's Balsam Fir's 1st grade work binder:
|Several readers, Path Quest visual perception activity book,|
and a fill-in month sheet (slipped inside a sheet protector)
|Shape words practice from 1+1+1=1 and Make-the-Date with|
money from Mama Jenn
|Days of the week word/order practice and sight word practice|
|Color words and weather chart from 1+1+1=1|
|100s chart for counting, odds/evens, skip|
counting, and patterning from 1+1+1=1
|Skip counting (several other sheets|
underneath) from Homeschool Creations
|Number of school days place value sheet from Mama Jenn|
I also include about 2 weeks worth of Grammar and Writing worksheets and Saxon Math lessons, 5-10 sheets of blank lined notebook paper, and a laminated 8x11 United States/World map in the back of the binder. And occasionally we clip a pack of flash cards (Math? Sight Words? Memory Game?) onto a binder ring by hole punching the corners and putting them onto a loose-leaf ring.
Be sure to slip the pages inside sheet protectors and use Vis-A-Vis or another brand of wet erase markers if you decide to create a work binder or calendar time notebook. Sheet protectors allow the sheets to be used over and over, and the wet erase markers don't smudge as much as dry erase ones.
How do you make things easier for school-on-the-road?