New Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument - Val in Real Life

When it comes to our National Park system, national monuments tend to be sorely overlooked compared to the marquis parks that visitors flock to in their travels. Bandelier is not one of those overlooked monuments. Except by me. I’ve passed by it countless times as I’ve traveled through northern New Mexico. This time, though, I was determined to take Fred …

Roadschooling at Arizona’s Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater in Arizona - Val in Real LIfe

As you know, we here at Val in Real Life like to learn when we’re traveling. Fred and George don’t travel with me as often these days but when they do, I still like to sneak in some learning that doesn’t feel like education. So when George asked if we could stop at Meteor Crater on our way through Arizona …

Try the World Brings the Flavors of the Globe to Your Door

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As an experiential education family, we’re always on the hunt for cool ways to expand our learning opportunities. And like a lot of families, we have the desire to explore far and wide but the reality of making that happen doesn’t always come to bear. Like his mom, George has a well-developed curiosity about the world. He particularly loves geography …

Musings on Roadschooling…

Today I’m moonlighting over at Mommy Hiker with my thoughts on roadschooling with Fred and George. I hope you’ll go check it out and show Jen some love. She is one of my favorite outdoor moms and I’m so honored she’s allowed me to share our story with her readers. Memory lane… It’s been a wonderful trip down memory lane …

Overland Expo to TBEX: 24 hours in Boston – Part 1

After a night catching up with high school friends, it was time to figure out what to do about our altered arrangements. Wendy had given us some great ideas of things to do in Falmouth on a dreary day… which is what we expected to have as we set out to explore. Except that isn’t what we discovered. The previous …

Overland Expo to TBEX: Great Sand Dunes Edition

The Camp Granola entrance to Great Sand Dunes was anything but smooth. With a few months to ponder my folly I can now laugh at my foibles. In truth, the whole thing went pear-shaped back in the planning stages and I didn’t even know it. One of the problems of not having a traditional schedule is that you forget that …

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 …