USA Today: 10 great places to road-school your kids

From USA Today’s 10 Great Places:

From the California coast to Cape Cod

While many schools offer remote learning this year, a growing number of families plan to “road school,” which has children attending virtual classes while on extended family trips. Others home-school – parents teach children while families travel, often living in an RV while they visit national parks and other educational sites.

“Right now is the perfect time to try this,” says Karen King, who founded Worldschooling Central (worldschoolingcentral.com), which connects a community of 6,000 families. “When you use the world as your classroom, every minute of every day is an opportunity to learn.”

King, an Australian who has been traveling for nearly six years with her husband and two children, shares some popular road schooling sites with USA TODAY:

California’s Central Coast

If you’re going to be driving anyway, why not explore the Pacific Coast Highway,  one of the most beautiful roads in the world? From the wild landscape of Big Sur to the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery in San Simeon to agricultural walking tours in Monterey County, there’s plenty to see and learn when kids aren’t logged on to their home classroom. “There’s just the sheer volume of things to do along the way. It’s such an incredible part of the world,” King says.

Ragged Point Bixby Bridge

Civil Rights Trail

This summer’s protests have renewed interest in the historic civil rights movement. The U.S. Civil Rights Trail links more than 100 locations across 15 states and the District of Columbia. Sites include museums and parks memorializing the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama; the Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counter sit-ins; and the Memphis site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. “This makes history come to life for kids,” King says.

More information:  civilrightstrail.com

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, California

One of the advantages of road schooling is being able to explore the outdoors instead of staying cooped up in a classroom. King’s world school community loves the hiking opportunities in this national park renowned for its towering trees. “There are options for self-guided and ranger-guided hikes,” King says.

More information:  nps.gov/seki and VisitVisalia.com

New York City

Road schoolers can stay outside the city or even spring for a hotel in Manhattan, where bargain rates are plentiful. Although Broadway is closed, many museums are open, along with city parks. It’s easy to learn about architecture, art and international cuisines. “Parents are able to find something to support their child’s interests, no matter what that might be,” King says.

More information: nycgo.com

Read the full article from USA Today here.

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