Do you adventure with children or know someone who does? This post is for you, so be sure to share. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are all important. My children will learn to be proficient in all three, but that is not why we chose to homeschool. We believe learning should be three dimensional. Learning should involve all of ones senses. To activate those senses we spend a lot of time in nature. We don't worry about dirty clothes or wet shoes. (Yes, I do a lot of laundry!) To truly learn one has to understand and what better way to understand then to touch and feel, listen, and taste. Together we have experienced some surreal events in nature while hopefully gaining a better understanding of the world around us. From watching the Northern Lights dance, to chasing lightning across the island, hiking in pink clouds at sunset, and watching the milky way rise over the mountains my boys have experienced some of nature's most jaw dropping moments instilling a deeper appreciate for the world around us while fueling their curiosity.
When adventuring with children I have learned a few things. The better prepared I am, the smoother our adventure goes. For this post I want to share three of those tips with you to help make your time adventuring more successful. Let me prepare you first by stating that these are not earth shattering, no in fact these tips are more or less just common sense. However, they make all of our lives so much easier.
First and I think most important is setting up a sense of adventure. Whether we are going to the local beach or head to the mountains building a sense of adventure keeps the kids tuned in to the area we have set out to explore. On one of our outings to Mount Baker conditions weren't great. I was getting tired and was ready to come home. However, I had promised an overnight adventure topped off with hot chocolate and pancakes in the morning. The kids were pumped. So we stayed. I captured some amazing images of the night's sky. In the morning I thanked my children for insisting, for seeing our adventure through to the end. Their faces beamed.
My second tip is to bring food and dry clothes. Wet feet happen. For us they happen pretty often. And when feet get wet usually other items of clothing follow quickly behind. There is something about wet hungry children that really drags down the mood of the party. Instantly! Even on short hikes I try to pack a little snack. There is something magical that happens when kids get dry socks and a granola bar. Those simple little items help sustain them and keep the positive energy flowing.
Lastly, my third tip is to have an itinerary. Whether or not you stick too it that's not the point. Sitting down to write an itinerary mentally walks you through the outing. As you think about the setting, timeline, and purpose you will begin to visual the scene unfold. It is that visualization that will assist you later during your adventure as bumps occur or changes are made. Very few of our outings go according to plan, but that's ok. I feel better prepared to adjust our plan as needed. The less stress I feel the more fun we all have.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Do you have any tips or tricks to help insure a successful family adventure? I would love to hear them!