“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” — Saint Augustine
We can teach kids about the earth and the sky in textbooks, or they can experience it hiking in the woods or climbing a mountain.
We can explain laws and political history, or they can walk the steps of our founding fathers, hear the liberty bell and sit on a judge’s bench.
We can read and teach kids to point on a map to rivers, oceans and mountains, or they can walk on it, touch it, and smell it.
Back in 2009 the U.S. Department of Education confirmed that traveling makes children smarter. The study ran test data on over 21,000 children entering first grade measuring their test scores. They found that children who had traveled over their summer break did better on their test scores in reading, math and general knowledge.
I am an avid traveler. When I had kids I couldn’t wait to take them, well, everywhere!
It doesn’t matter where you go, from day trips to museums or zoos, to trips across the Atlantic. Providing children with different experiences opens their minds to learning. They begin to ask questions and want to learn more and do more. They expand their vocabulary, cultural learning, understanding of history and so much more!
Visit a local museum, state park, beach or lake, attend a free concert or take a day trip. Explore your surroundings with your kids and visit new places together.
Need ideas? Here’s a checklist that will take you to one new place each month in your own community!
Traveling (near or far) opens our minds to learning. It resets us. Energizes us!
Do you have ideas to add to this list? Please comment!