Monday, May 7, 2012

Road Trip Reading

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Well, I can tell you first hand how much work it can be to plan a road trip with kids! We just returned from a weekend trip to Branson/ Table Rock Lake. It's a little less than a 5 hour road trip (lunch break included) and yet it took a lot of planning to keep a 4 and 2 year old kid entertained the whole way! As we traveled, I was reminded of how many great opportunities for learning pop up along the way when you road trip with  kids. I was also excited to realize many of our activities included literacy learning. For the next few months, I'm going to try and pop in here on the blog and share some of our road trip reading tips. I've also started a Pinterest board for all things Road Trip Reading. Stop by for an idea or leave your Pinterest information below and collaborate with me in creating the board! I was also reminded this past week of how much FUN it can be to plan a road trip with kids!

Road Trip with kids: Tip #1


Create Child- Friendly Packing Lists
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Having preschoolers underfoot while trying to pack can be frustrating. Keep your child busy, let them help with a teeny bit of the work, and squeezing in some literacy learning by creating packing lists. 

Road Trip with Toddlers:


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Ready: For the young preschoolers, sit with your child and write a list. Your list can be a word list or you can draw simple pictures for the items. As your child finds the item and places it in his suitcase, let him scribble the item off his list. Checkmarks are really hard, but even my two year old can scribble over my simple drawings of shirts and pants.

Road Trip with Preschoolers:


Photo, road trip with kids, Early Literacy, ReadingSet: If your child tells stories through pictures or words, he is set to write a packing list with a little help from an adult. Work together to brainstorm items your child might need to bring. Let your child write the list with pictures or words or a combination. You can see that my son used invented spellings.  Keep the list short. My boys require a minivan full of stuff to travel for 3 days, but we keep their list to 4-5 items. Mom packs the rest later. This helps them hold their ideas in their head so they can "re-read" their writing. I like to put the items out and let my son match his written word to the item checking it off as he goes.

Road Trip with Early Reader:



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Read: Early readers can do some independent brainstorming, write a list, have mom or dad check the list, and pack up. 







Have fun and be safe on your summer road trips. Don't forget to look for opportunities to take reading on the road!

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4 comments:

  1. You are absolutely right in everything you said, and you said it well. This post will be helpful to many others. I hope your trip was wonderful! Carolyn

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  2. There is so much time on road trips or even car trips across town. Kids can be learning during this time. Imagine if every parent took this advice . . . Oh I'm having happy thoughts of successful smart children.
    I just created and shared a brochure with my children's school promoting learning ideas for the summer. One tip I included was packing a two gallon ziplock page with books for every member of the family and taking it with you in the car in case a child would like to read in the car or there is a long wait somewhere. Mom and Dad should have a book also. Anyway, maybe you'd like to include advice like this in one of your upcoming posts.

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  3. Ohh, I'm looking forward to reading this series! We love to take road trips and have went on a few with our son. Traveling is a little intimidating for me with a toddler, but finding ways to help it run smoothly will be great! Thanks for stopping by famiglia&seoul! :)

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  4. Ohh, I'm looking forward to reading this series! We love to take road trips and have went on a few with our son. Traveling is a little intimidating for me with a toddler, but finding ways to help it run smoothly will be great! Thanks for stopping by famiglia&seoul! :)

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