If you are thinking about roadschooling your children while traveling in an RV, there is a good chance you’re feeling a bit nervous about the prospect. This is especially true for those parents who have never homeschooled before, but even applies—to some extent—to those who have been homeschooling for awhile.
This feeling is completely understandable. After all, you’ll be jumping feet first into a brand new way of life. On top of that, you will be taking your kid’s education into your own hands. However, I am completely confident that you will succeed. Not only that, you will probably find that your family actually thrives in their new way of living and learning.
That said, I do have some tips that will help you find your groove and begin enjoying your journey as soon as possible.
Choose Your Curriculum Wisely
There are dozens of homeschooling styles and hundreds of curriculums to choose from. You will want to consider your options carefully and pick a homeschooling style and curriculum that match up with your travel style.
If you will be spending tons of time far away from any internet connection, an online program isn't for you. Meanwhile, those who are planning on living in a teeny tiny trailer will want to skip the curriculum that requires 12 books per child.
In the same vein, if you find that the curriculum you picked isn't working for you, don’t be afraid to change it up mid-year.
Learn Through Living
Far too many new homeschoolers get wrapped up in the idea of recreating school at home. The thing is, homeschooling doesn't have to match up with the traditional idea of school. You get to build your own experience, and often this means backing off of the schoolwork and learning through experiences instead of textbooks.
After all, you are probably traveling in order to see and do new things, but seeing and doing those things will be pretty difficult if you are a slave to a curriculum. Besides, your kids are going to learn much more when experiencing real things than they ever will from those school books.
Plan Educational Travel
Of course, you can make those life learning experiences as rich as possible by making a point of planning your travel-based educational experiences. Museums, national parks, and historical sights all make great additions to traditional curriculum. Use these experiences as jumping-off points for further exploration and studying.
Take Advantage of Travel Time
While many roadschooling families choose to go the unschooling route and skip traditional schoolwork altogether, many others do want their children to do at least a small amount of book work. If you plan to do book work, you might find it best to use your travel days to complete as much of it as possible. This will allow you the freedom to explore once you arrive at your destination.
By using these four simple tips, you will almost certainly find roadschooling success. So go ahead, jump in and enjoy the ride!