A Beginner’s Guide to Death Valley

In recent years, I’ve had the good fortune to explore Death Valley National Park in a variety of ways: by camping and hiking, motorcycle travel, family travel, a photography workshop, and 4×4 excursions. Through those adventures, I’ve become a huge fan of the park. That means I often get quite enthusiastic about extolling the virtues of what it has to offer …

On the Road: Our Favorite Audio Edutainment

Last week I highlighted my thoughts on experiential education in a broad sense. I also mentioned that we do have materials we use that are the platform for where we start exploring the world around us. In order to help Fred and George find things they’re interested in learning more about, they have to be exposed to a wide variety …

On Experiential Education

Since school is back in full swing at Val in Real Life HQ, I’m diving into experiential education today. Although, I use the terms “school” and “full swing” loosely because when your approach to expanding your children’s knowledge is experiential education, your entire life is a learning experience. And while that is actually true for all of us, kids and …

Finding our way at REI

One of the hazards of homeschooling is that you spend a lot of time with your kids. I know that outwardly sounds like a benefit…it is. But it has a flipside. And that flipside is that when you spend that much time together, they tend to tune you out. I mean more so than your typical school-going young ‘uns. So …