As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Vicarious Traveling

One of the many things that I love about homeschooling is that you can take real life happenings, and, with just a bit of effort, bump it up a notch into a meaningful learning experience.  That's what we're doing these days, as Ryan and Sarah and the children travel across the United States on the way to their new home.  

The most learning takes place when interest is piqued.  And interest in the geography of the United States is keen right now, which is why it's the perfect opportunity for some US geography lessons! 

  • We have pulled some US geography books from our shelves.  
  • There is a map of the US lying about for reference.   
  • We have printed a US map from Uncle Josh's Outline Map Book so that Bekah can mark their route.  
  • Bekah spent some time on MapQuest this week, typing in beginning and ending points and all the planned stops in between, and then printed a detailed map of their journey.  
  • We have learned about the borders of different time zones, as our travelers have crossed from one to another.  

These are all simple activities, but my student is learning a lot.  You gotta love it when learning is so natural!

My blog friend Vee introduced me to Tagxedo, a "word cloud" web site.  What fun!  So I typed in my blog's url, and (of course) I made a word cloud to accompany the theme of our thoughts this week.  

Our armchair traveling is easy peasy!  

I only wish it was so for our real travelers.  But the Lord is going before them, and we continue to pray for His mercy.   


  1. What fun!

    It is the most wonderful and natural way to learn, isn't it?

    Your word cloud turned out great!


  2. They had the USA? I didn't even see that one. What a fun way to learn about geography. Makes me want to learn more, too. I recently learned the fifty capitals again just because it's so easy to take a refresher course online.

  3. I am so amazed at you ladies that can do so much with these links. Maybe when I find some time this winter I will be able to,~smile~ in the meantime I am going to enjoy yours. You did a fantastic job, Cheryl
    I am still praying for your son and his family as they travel.
    Enjoy your weekend.


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