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Carschooling: Over 350 Entertaining Games & Activities to Turn Travel Time into Learning Time - For Kids Ages 4 to 17 Paperback – August 23, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Homefires; 2 edition (August 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615309496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615309491
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"You'll be staggered by the ingenuity and imagination captured in these pages. What a brainbath!"
—JOHN TAYLOR GATTO, author of Dumbing Us Down and The Underground History of American Education

"A veritable roadmap for learning from one of the country's leading experts."
—HEATHER FREDRICK, publisher, Audio Bookshelf

"Fun, educational, and takes the whine out of drive time."
—REBECCA KOCHENDERFER, senior editor and cofounder of Homeschool.com and coauthor of Homeschooling for Success --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Turn Your Kids into "Road Scholars"
Your children's education and future are two of your primary concerns. Combine that with the fact that you spend loads of time in the car with them going from here to there, and your family is perfect for carschooling!
Carschooling is all about turning travel time into learning time. Created especially for kids ages 4 to 7, inside there's something fun for everyone with games, group activities, suggested resources and audiobooks, journaling ideas, and more. Kids will love the countless road-worthy games, such as:
·Dashboard Decimal Drills and Rock 'n' Roll Multiplication Tables
·Eighteen-Wheeler Chemistry, Windshield Entomology, and Road-Cut Geology
·Drive-By History and Glove Compartment Geography
·Rest Stop Olympics and Car Seat Calisthenics
·And many other fun and educational activities!
This crafty brain-building book transforms your family's same ol' road trips into journeys down the information superhighway. Going for a spin will never be the same!
"You'll be staggered by the ingenuity and imagination captured in these pages. What a brain bath!" — John Taylor Gatto, author of Dumbing Us Down and The Underground History of American Education
"A veritable roadmap for learning from one of the country's learning experts." — Heather Frederick, publisher, Audio Bookshelf
"Fun, educational, and takes the whine out of drive time." — Rebecca Kochenderfer, senior editor and cofounder of Homeschool.com and coauthor of Homeschooling for Success --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The ideas in it are so easy and fun to use.
Margret M. Schlageter
I had originally borrowed this book from the library and loved it so much I was preparing to buy it when this opportunity was presented to me.
Danielle Garcia
Carschooling puts every other book on car travel with kids to shame.
Kellie Bing

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kellie Bing on February 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
Carschooling puts every other book on car travel with kids to shame. I spend a bazillion hours commuting in the car with my 3 children and I have been driven nuts by traditional car games and songs. This book brought some sanity back to my family's commute adn we actually look forward to getting in the car each morning. My son Ben's favorite thing is the math chapter. Doing the dashboard decimals and fastlane fractions has improved his ability to do mental math drills. My daughter loves to flip through the book and read the information highway trivia to everyone in the car. Because of this book we now stop when we see historical markers and learn a little history on-the-go. You cannot imagine the difference this book has made when we're stuck in commute traffic, some of the simple but clever ideas have actually helped my kids get along better in the car. We even do car-dancing in teh car now. My copy is already dog-eared, marked up, and worn and may fall apart before we exhaust all the fun and educaitonal games. If you travel in the car with kids, then beg, borrow, or buy a copy. In fact, auto manufactueres should make this book a standard feature in every family car.
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Some of the author's suggestions seem far-fetched for use in a moving vehicle. She has kids popping balloons to find fun messages inside; banging on drums; stopping the car to examine roadkill; cooking foil-wrapped packages of food on the car engine...all these and some other suggestions of the author's are educational and memorable, no doubt, but also distracting for the driver in heavy traffic or at high speeds.
I doubt, too, that the average vehicle could contain all the storage bins full of supplies, coolers full of healthy snacks for the "carschool cafeteria", and backpacks full of books and toys that the kids pack for themselves--and still have any room for groceries, luggage, etc.. If you spend a LOT of time in the car, it might be worth the upkeep and expense to equip the car this way.
Still, there are good car activities in this book, mostly of the 'find stuff out the car window' type, though she offers some fun activities with paper money and coins that kids will like. And the mental math games are fun.
Basically, if you strip away the 'laughable/too distracting to the driver' activities, then this book is really no better or worse than any other car entertainment book.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Elaine on March 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm a mom who spends a lot of time with my children in the van. I saw this book at my library and as I thumbed through the pages I was amazed by the really unique ideas for learning on the road. I knew I had to have this book and keep it in my glove compartment. Shortly after I bought it, we were at a dead stop in a traffic jam. My kids were antsy so I just pulled out the book and found all kinds of things you can do with coins and dollar bills in the car. I rummaged through my purse for some spare change and a few dollar bills and gave them to the kids. My kids were fascinated, they quit fussing, and then we started talking about the interesting historical things you can find on a one dollar bill. That one idea alone saved my sanity. I'll never be without Carschooling in the van. It's the best travel idea book I've ever read.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nanci Ward on February 4, 2003
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I've never seen anything like this book. My kids have had a ball playing the games in it,especially the ones in the Language Arts and Foreign Language chapters. The activities are so DIFFERENT than most car travel games....they are just a whole lot more interesting and fun. My daughters are learning more in the car than they learn in school, and they REMEMBER what they learn cause they're having fun!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mindy Rothberg on November 10, 2002
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I am a homeschooling mother of three children, and I spend most of my time like many other homeschooling moms---driving from here to there all day long. I have always tried to utilize the time in the car, especially for my younger children, in an educational way. When I picked up this book-- I could not believe it!! Carschooling is us!! It is exactly what our family has been doing for years in an unorganized way and this book pulls it all together for us. Carschooling is a great book! For years my children have been learning "on the fly" and Ms. Keith has shown me how to organize that learning. This book has given me validation and helped me to put in perspective our family’s homeschool experience. With Carschooling as a "curriculum" guide, I can come up with many ideas of my own, too! Something especially helpful and fun are the gray boxes "From the Information Highway." These are little informational snippets that provide useful conversation for short or long trips. This book is such a great resource!! It is full of games and product information galore....It also has sprinkled throughout wise advise from the author who is obviously an experienced homeschool mother. Thank you Ms. Keith--
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tonya lemos on May 3, 2007
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The title is excellent. Great Concept. Road trips, commuting, outings...... Kids today spend more time in cars than imaginable previously.

Many fun but completely impractical suggestions. The more doable ideas are not so creative. It is not a bad book but didn't offer anything new to us. Think music games, word games, craft projects, books on tape and storage. However if you are at a loss maybe this book is for you.
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