A misconception of homeschooling is that the kids are trapped in the confines of their home. That these homeschooled kids have a lack in education, socialization and getting out to see and experience things.
Nothing could be farther from truth! Most of the homeschoolers I know work hard to get their kids the education, experience and social skills needed to succeed and thrive in today’s society.
Homeschooling on the road aka Road Schooling is one way many parents use to teach their children.
Whether you take a year off to homeschool on the road or decide to do this full time it is a great option to educate children. And parents learn a lot too! Win-Win!
How to Homeschool on the Road
First things first. Do your research to see if this is a good fit for your family. There are several websites and Facebook support groups for families that homeschool on the road. See how others do this roadschooling thing. Ask lots of questions. What are the pros and cons?
Search for curriculum, supplies, tools etc you want to use while on the road. A simple search of “homeschool curriculum” could leave you in overwhelm mode, so beware. It’s important to know what is available to you and your family, but it’s even more important to know what is a good fit for your family as you travel and homeschool. I would likely take a very minimalistic approach to curriculum when road schooling. Math and family read alouds would probably be all that I formally planned. Everything else would come through experience! However, if you are of the school of thought that you must cover all subjects each day, than perhaps an online or computer based program would be a great option because space is usually limited when you homeschool on the road.
What about internet? Speaking of online/computer-based programs…a hotspot or wifi device is so helpful in having access to the world wide web while homeschooling on the road. Another way to get Wifi is stopping off at restaurants, stores, and other places that offer free access to their wifi. Although the latter choice isn’t always a stable option, but if you can’t use your cell phone as a hot spot and do not want to purchase a wifi device than stopping at places that allow free access to wifi is a good option. My top picks for wifi on the road are Starbucks, Panera Bread, and McDonalds.
Use your surroundings as your classroom! Research every state and town you stop in. Let the kids see, touch and experience all they can while homeschooling on the road. Stopping as often as your schedule will allow for the kids to take pictures, journaling what the see, & collecting leaves and flowers to identify. There is no better history or science classroom than the world around your children!
Always be on the lookout for a learning opportunity for the kids. Instead of just seeing old historical documents, famous places, and beautiful mountains in text books, roadschooling families get to see, touch and personally experience these things. Those are the lessons that children retain. Very rarely will they remember what they’ve read in a textbook, but if they can actually use their senses see, feel, hear, and taste they will remember it forever!
Be creative and have fun! Education does not have to be strapped to a desk 8 hours a day pouring over books. As a family, get those creative juices flowing, play games, paint, figure of the miles from point A to point B is, try a new food in each state, climb the mountains, camp in the parks, swim in the lakes, see and touch the history, draw the ocean’s waves you got to experience that day.
Homeschooling on the road can be educational and fun. And just think of the life experiences you will be offering your child.