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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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"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.
From the Inside Flap
our 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It starts by offering great tips on keeping your family car clean (yes, it's possible!), organized and efficient for trips ranging from weekly errands to long cross-country driving. Then it divides the subjects between math, science, language arts, liberal arts, and even P.E.
Each chapter begins with a list of helpful items to keep on hand for learning, such as a magnifying glass for science and colored pencils for liberal arts. Then the chapter lists a number of ways to help kids learn and strengthen their skills in each subject, such as license plate math or memory games. Many suggestions can be tried immediately and others suggest and critique specific helpful resources such as audio tapes or equipment helpful to "learning on wheels." I only wish it included approximate prices for the items, but that really is my only complaint about this book.
Although we're homeschoolers, I think this would be a helpful resource for any family to utilize car time to stimulate the mind and eliminate the question, "Are we there yet??"
We used this book extensively on our cross country trip in the summer of 2009. The family loved playing several of the games suggested in the book, but especially enjoyed License Plate Equations and Pave the Way With Palindromes. We also discovered a love for audio books during this road trip and the book has a wonderful list of resources as well as some ideas for turning the stories into additional lessons. My favorite part of this book is that many of the activities need little to no equipment and can be played time and time again whenever the feeling strikes. I also like that there is something for everyone in the book, including a section on Road Kill Zoology, complete with the warning that it is not for the squeamish.
We are preparing for yet another cross country trip in the late spring and I will not be packing this book. Yes, you read that right. I will not be packing it, because it's home is in my van, right under the front passenger seat. We use it ALL the time, every time we are going to be in the van for an extended period of time. On our shorter trips, we often find ourselves playing the games we already know from the book.
It is rare for me to HIGHLY recommend any book, as I am a big fan of borrowing from the library to save both money and resources. However, there are certain books I insist on owning simply due to the amount that I use them and the value I get from it. Carschooling is one of those books. It is so chock full of ideas and information, that if it did not have a home in my van, it would be shelved with my reference books. Of all the book reviews I have done, I HIGHLY recommend this book to EVERY parent, homeschooler or not, whether they travel or not.
I did receive a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for this review. However, this review is my own personal opinion and is unaffected by others. 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.