Creative Ways to Learn on the Go
● By Digital Media Director
By: Shaina Herrmann
Have you ever wondered
how much time you spend in your vehicle? According to AAA, the average American
spends approximately 300 hours in the car each year. Consider how much more
valuable the time spent in our vehicles would be if we dedicated that time to
learning on the go! Whether we’re going to and from work, school, running
errands, or traveling, our time spent in the car can be immensely valuable for
both your children’s education and your own. Here are some ideas for learning
on the go!
Listen to a wide variety of audiobooks throughout the year! Choose biographies, fairy tales, historical fiction and nonfiction, poetry and abridged versions of classics. For access to free audiobooks, check the library.
Make your own flashcards to quiz the kids on any topic they are studying. For every card they get correct, they earn a point. Continue throughout the school year. Set up some fun rewards, coupons, or a prize box available for reaching 100 points, 200 points, and so on. You can add competition between siblings or let them pick a personal goal to aim toward and next year they can try to beat their previous record. Drill math problems, spelling words, vocabulary definitions, states and capitals, and any other memory work your children are learning. Another option is to set a timer to see if they can beat their time the next time around.
Singing in the car is one of the best ways to learn! Children learn extremely well through songs or short chants. If your child needs to learn the definition of an adjective and give some examples, try coming up with a short little song. You could do the same with any language, science, geography, or history fact. Just be sure to remain consistent with the song over time, and repeat it often.
Practice using maps. Have a map of your town printed out for each kid in the car. Ask them to identify the different directions, streets, bodies of water and landmarks as you drive. If you’re going on a short trip to the store or a piano lesson, take turns giving each kid the opportunity to be the navigator.
Encourage daily reading by always keeping books in the car. Encourage your children to read aloud to you or to their siblings.
Practice the skill of asking questions. Some kids have a natural gift for asking questions while many others do not. If your child struggles with finding questions to ask, turn it into a fun exercise to do in the car. Have one person in the car choose a topic, then go around the car giving each person a chance to ask a question about the original topic. See if you can come up with 20+ questions for each topic without going off-topic.Listen to classical music often. Ask kids to try to identify instruments, patterns, and dynamics that they hear in each song.