Just because you are going on a family vacation doesn’t mean that the learning should take a break too. Parents know that there are teachable moments every day and what better way to expand on those moments but to incorporate your child’s science and social studies school curriculum and travel.
School Curriculum and Travel Benefits
Ecotourism lends itself to a plethora of lessons including learning about:
- specific fish, mammals, birds, and reptiles of the region
- importance of agriculture in terms of the region’s economy and social advancement
- impact of tourism on the sustainable land development and public transportation choices
- ecosystems so that kids can feel more connected to how their actions help or hurt nature and wildlife, and
- indigenous populations including the preparation of foods, use of language, heritage festivals and other cultural traditions
Ask your child’s teachers if they can provide some science, social studies, foreign language even art or music lesson plans so can prepare for your trip.
Alternatively, if your child’s school is unable to provide course guidance, check out the Rainforest Alliance K-8 curriculum guide. One example lesson plan for a Kindergarten student is entitled Biodiversity which challenges children to think about the diversity of local flora and fauna in local forests versus tropical forests as they classify insect and tree species, while the 8th Grade lesson plan entitled Guatemala’s Changing Forest has children learning about the Maya Biosphere Reserve by analyzing maps and determining recent changes in forest cover.
There are plenty of free lesson plans available to choose from, which can be modified to use during your next eco-vacation.