Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Day 7 Complete

We just finished another day in our journey.  Here are the current standings:

4 year old:  Currently in Pennsylvannia
     2030 miles travelled
     12 states and provinces visited (met provinces goal)
     Trip costs $944.03

8 year old:  Currently in Rochester, Indiana
     2075 miles travelled
     12 states and provinces visited
     Trip costs $1030.99

10 year old:  Currently in Bridgeport, Connecticut
     2036 miles travelled
     15 states visited

The two older kids are getting a bit more proficient at cutting out photos and pasting them. My oldest made this funny one.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Day 6 complete

We have continued our travels.  The 10 year old is currently in Washington DC.   The 8 year old is in southern Michigan while the 4 year old has been travelling in New England.

Here are the running totals:

10 year old - 1741 miles, 10 states/provinces, $687.17 trip costs
8 year old -   1778 miles, 12 states/provinces  $936.60 trip costs
4 year old -   1742 miles , 10 states/provinces $867.78 trip costs

The 10 year old has been the most thrifty traveller, but the 8 year old has hit more states and provinces.  The 4 year old has met the requirement for Canadian provinces so she will be travelling throughout the US now.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Day 4 done

 The road trips are still in progress.  I am finding that my children are more and more aware of North American geography since we started this virtual road trip.

Right now my 8 year old has travelled the most miles and my 10 year old has spent the least amount of money.  My 4 year old (with much help from me) has completed the Canadian goal and has visited 5 different provinces.  She wants to go to the Statue of Liberty next.  My 8 year old has plans to head out to California and my 10 year old is heading up the east coast of the USA.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Day 2 Complete

The three travelers have continued on their journey.  One is in Arkansas, one is in Massachusetts, and the other is in Nova Scotia.  Click on the individual pages to find out more about their journeys.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Day 1 Complete

Day 1 travel is complete.  Check out the tabs above to see progress on the journeys.  One child is in Oklahoma, one is in Maine, and the youngest is in Nova Scotia.

Friday, July 27, 2012

How we are travelling virtually across North America

Instead of learning about the geography of the United States and Canada through a textbook we are learning through travel. Well, I should state that we are travelling the continent from the comfort of our own home. 

Here are the rules of our game. The object of the game is to visit as many provinces and states as possible for the least amount of money.

  1. Choose a new car keeping in mind the price of the car and the mpg. The cost of the car is added to the total travel costs. 
  2. The starting position of each player is determined by drawing a North American Continent puzzle piece out of a hat. Each player can then determine the exact starting place in their drawn province/state by looking at a road atlas.
  3. Each player must keep track of gas costs, hotel costs, and attraction costs. 
  4. Only 300 miles are allowed per day. Once 300 miles are reached the player must find a hotel to spend the night.
  5. Fill up on gas at least once per day. If the gas tank is empty the player is accessed a $300 fine.  The average highway and city mpg is used to determine how many miles a player can go before the tank is empty. 
  6. 1 attraction must be visited each day of travel. Each player must report on the attraction visited on this blog and post a "picture" of themselves at that attraction. 
  7. Each player must visit 20 states and 5 provinces over the course of the school year. The winner is determined by who has travelled the most miles for the least amount of money.
Resources necessary:

Road Atlas (we are using a paper road atlas)
AAA Online Tourbooks for finding motels and attractions for current gas prices at their location
Photo editing software

How it works:

When it is time for geography each child will plot out a course on the atlas.  They will use the AAA Online Tourbooks to determine which attraction is most interesting to them within a 300 mile radius.  Each child will keep track of the miles traveled using the atlas.  Once the child arrives at the attraction he will read about the attraction, watch Youtube videos related to the attraction, and write a summary of his "pretend" day at the attraction.  He will also find a picture of the attraction so that he can "photoshop" his image into the picture.  Once the attraction has been visited the child will need to find a place to stay for the night using AAA Online Tourbooks.  At some point during the day the child will need to fill up his gas tank.  All expenses for the day are to be totalled and added to the running total for each category and the combined amount.