So roadschooling is basically homeschooling while traveling. It does require some planning since, well I’m a planner. For this reason, I have devised a multi-step process in which I prepare the family for a
somewhat half-baked rigorous roadschool curriculum.
Step 1: Getting the kids to do what I say, without having to ask
Apparently, this is possible. It’s like mind reading kind of. I usually ask them to brush their teeth and put their socks on like 11 times before they actually do it, but I hear there are children who, like magic, know that these things need to be done and just do them. It sounds crazy, I KNOW.
homeschooling consultant “friend” recommended a book called Raising Accountable Kids that is supposed to teach me how to do this. Will read & review.
Step 2: Materials
The second part is to get materials ready. I decided to bypass the standard math workbooks on account of them being incredibly boring. My son loves Life of Fred books, which are amazing for teaching math concepts, but not really a full curriculum in my mind. If you haven’t read Life of Fred, it’s worth checking out. My son enjoys them so much, I found him sneak reading Life of Fred: Butterflies in his room way past bedtime the other night.
There are some great printable materials at Teachers Pay Teachers. I printed out a bunch of projects that I think both my three and six-year-old will enjoy. This money game looks really fun and so does this mini-book report template for my first grader.
Two difference between roadschooling and homeschooling is that 1.) we can’t bring as many resources with us because we won’t have a lot of space and 2.) we will be catering our science and history lessons to our destinations.
And of course: Reading & Writing
Both my boys are great readers, so I’m not concerned about that at all. They read on their own and enjoy it.
Writing can be a struggle, but once my older son gets into a story or letter, he does enjoy it.
My husband had this great idea (one of many) to take the boys to the post office and let them pick out stamps. My older son loves trucks and got these vintage truck stamps. We are getting them address books, paper and envelopes so they can write to family on the road. This should be a fun, and natural roadschooling project.
I also got these journals that have an area to draw a picture at the top of the page. I’ve tried out journaling with both the boys and they actually just turned the books into short stories. My three-year-old had me write about a worm that went in the ocean and the older one is going for more of a vehicle theme. We used them for our first homeschool/roadschool planning guides which I kind of love.
These are important: Games
We are definitely bringing a lot of games with us. My younger son loves Hi Ho Cherry-O and Chutes and Ladders and we have some educational games like this Allowance game that teaches counting money and another called Very Silly Sentences that teaches grammar for my older son.
Science and history will come naturally to the boys as we travel through Aztec ruins, redwood forests, Palm Desert and the Grand Canyon among other places. The parks department has great apps that are free and specific to each national park, so we will be spending some time with those as we travel through each destination.
And finally: Dance & The Arts
I will be teaching the children all of my moves on this trip. I do realize that the RV has limited space, but is there a way to affix a disco ball to the awning? Also, we will bring crayons.
But seriously, I do think this is a huge part of education and the most overlooked. If you haven’t seen the very popular 2007 TED talk from Sir Ken Robinson, “Do Schools Kill Creativity”, you should check it out, below.
I also classify this under the just having fun category which we will have plenty of time for since we won’t being going to work or school for three months.