Helpful Homeschool Travel Apps

Homeschool families and co-ops have a unique opportunity to travel as part of their curricula. Since the best learning happens in the real world, it’s time to get out there and experience it! However, the thought of endless hours in a mini-van can sometimes be a powerful deterrent. Below are some helpful homeschool travel apps to make road schooling easier and the journey more fun.

LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary

This app (formerly the Reading Rainbow app) is a virtual, on-the-go library for kids. It’s an unlimited reading service customized to your child’s interest. Best of all, it’s FREE – love that LeVar Burton!


News-O-Matic is a daily news app designed to inspire children ages 6-14 to read non-fiction. News articles covering high interest, relevant topics are added monthly. News-O-Matic is a great resource for encouraging critical thinking and discussion while on the go.

Star Walk

If your travels take you outdoors, you’ll want the Star Walk app. This interactive guide tracks your movements in real time while you to explore the night sky. It creates a sky map of stars, constellations and other celestial objects. It also provides information about what you’re seeing. Star Walk has a ton of features guaranteed to thrill sky watchers of any age!

Homeschool Helper

You may already have this one in your bag of tricks. Homeschool Helper is a management tool designed specifically for homeschoolers to keep track of lessons, grades, tasks, trips and more. It’s handy for use at home or on the road.


Travelmath is super for honing math skills while on the move. It’s not necessarily designed for students, but is great for calculating mileage, fuel charges, flight times and more. You can sneak in a math lesson on your trek.

Homeschooling is the perfect conduit for connecting curriculum to reality. Life lessons are meant to be learned beyond four walls. These helpful apps will make the journey as exciting as the destination!

Homeschool Co-Ops Can Be A Great Resource for Families

Homeschooling can be hard. Really hard. What once seemed like an exciting adventure may now leave you feeling isolated, drained or unsure of yourself. If you’ve ever felt this way, it may be time to consider a homeschool co-op.

What is a Homeschool Co-Op?

A co-op is short for “cooperative,” and brings homeschool families together for a common purpose. A co-op can focus on academics, arts, socialization and more. Co-ops provide a forum for like-minded homeschoolers to share interests and enhance education.

Co-ops are typically local or regional. They may meet at someone’s home, the local library, church or a community center. Teachers may be paid instructors or parent volunteers. The co-op may collect a fee for supplies or building costs, depending on the specific situation.

Why Join A Co-Op?

Large Group Instruction

A co-op offers some great benefits. One is the chance to learn in a large group or “classroom” setting.  Younger children can learn basic skills like taking turns or sharing. Older students can practice life skills like public speaking or collaboration on projects.

Shared Expenses

Co-ops allow for shared expenses for equipment and other resources. This may include classroom materials, meeting space or even an instructor.


Homeschool co-ops give access to enrichment that may not be available in the home. Advanced academic instruction, arts programs, foreign languages and more may be available.

How Do I Find A Co-Op?

Google it! Sites like or The Homeschool Mom will help you find a co-op that meets your needs in your area. Co-ops can be found in nearly every region of the U.S. where families homeschool.

You don’t have to go it alone. Co-ops offer enrichment and resources to homeschoolers looking for a helping hand. Do a little homework and find out if a co-op makes sense for your family!