We might homeschool but we are not always at home. We enjoy making a day out of a trip to the library. My dad is retired and no longer drives, so my kids and I usually take him to any appointments or such that he might have. We usually make it a day if we do have things to do with him. We also have a great beach area and nature center that we like to spend the day at when the weather is good. How can we get any lessons done on days like these? We have a rolling tote that is packed with supplies and ready to have the necessary books and/or binders put in at any time. We are ready to learn on the go.
Where to Pack It All
If you want to learn on the go you need a way to pack all the supplies, books and binders to take them along. We have used a few different ways to take our learning on the go with us. When we started homeschooling each child had their own backpack and I had one for supplies and any teacher manuals. This worked well when we used mostly workbooks. We upgraded to a rolling, collapsible tote that everything got stuffed into but it was hard to keep organized. Finally I remembered that I had an old scrapbooking tote with plenty of pockets on the outside, a zipped front fold down area with more pockets, and a large interior that could be separated or not, as needed. This was the perfect solution for us. We still use backpacks for less than full days out and about.
What to Pack
Since there is plenty of room in the tote, I’ve tried to include most of the things we might need for getting our lessons done. Here is a list of the items kept (and restocked when necessary) in the tote at all times.
- Colored Pencils
- Stapler & Staples
- Pencil Sharpeners – Manual & Battery Operated
Other Items to Go
Besides regular supplies that are already stored in our tote there are a few items that we pack on that day.
- Tablet with Power Cord
- Extra Lined Paper
- Filled Water Bottles
Each child is responsible for gathering their own materials (planner, books, binder, printouts) for the day and storing them in the tote. We might pack the tote the night before if we will be leaving early in the morning. This has made it easier to have fun and get in our learning.