The kids took their first trip out of state back in October, and it inspired our geography lessons prior and throughout the journey. We studied the region on a map and made a Travel Journal where we pasted coloring pages from Michigan and Indiana, and learned the state flags, state birds and state flowers. We also compared similarities and differences both culturally and geographically (both speak same language and in Midwest region of the same country, both touch Ohio and Lake Michigan, etc.)
We even used it as an opportunity to get ourselves our very own Homeschool Mascot!! Midge, our Homeschool Hedgehog, is a welcome new addition to the family and we took various travel photos of her along the way. She'll be a great companion as we continue to travel on our road of home education.
We made a point of stopping at both of the state's visitor centers for pictures and time to stretch our legs and picnic. It was a wonderful trip. Granted, it was "only" to Indiana, but for the ages of our kids it was a big trip and the first of many as time goes on. I'm excited that our kids are getting to a point that we can venture further and further, as we plan to travel more as they get older, just as my mother and her parents did across the country with us growing up. The world is our classroom!
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." -St. Augustine