We, as a family travel often- as much as out of need as for leisure. Travelling with a kid has not been easy, however, we’ve learned that if you convert it to a learning tool, it’s definitely worth it!
May 2018 took us road tripping into the lap of the Himalayas from the fields in the plains of Punjab- a trip filled with many firsts for our then 31 month old. What I’m going to try to do is list out learning objectives and try to explain through pictures and words how we converted our travel into learning tools.
We’ve been roaming the fields in Punjab, for we live amongst them at present. We often take Little Miss A to observe the fields and discuss what we see.
- Green fields turning yellow
- Stacks of hay and harvesting
- Dry fields lit on fire and turned black
From plains to mountains
Visiting a different biogeographical zone offers you the opportunity to discuss so much that changes with landscape- the weather, the colours you see, the kind of plants, animal diversity, shapes and structures of houses, clothes people wear.
travelling to the mountains across curvaceous roads- new concept ‘Curves’ & ‘Mountains’introduction to snow leading to discussion of how it looks, how it would feel and where we can find itlearning about a new kind of trees- conifers
Discussions in pine trees, needle shaped leaves and cones
Animals we find in the mountains
Experiments in nature
Allow a child to explore and roam wild. The learning that comes out of being hands on can not be replaced.
In a small cafe run by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism department- Neugal Cafe in Palampur, Miss A spent the evening exploring how water flows. A stream with fresh snowmelt water, flowed through the cafeteria premises, allowing her to experiment with
- Temperature of water and why it was so?
- Which direction was the water flowing?
- What sinks? What floats?
We visited Andretta Artists’ Village to explore how to work a potter’s wheel and learn how clay is moulded into the shape of a pot on the wheel. Outdoor experiences such as these allow children to learn largely through play- what they learn by observing and being involved is far superior to what you can teach out of a text book. We strive to live by what we truly believe in- that we can offer our kids but only a couple of gifts in this life- roots and wings. So go out, lust to wander, to explore, to learn. Dream and Discover!It’s true, ringing in my ears the saying by Rachel Wolchin-“If we were meant to stay at one place, we’d have roots in place of our feet”