This week in our Homeschool Series our All-Star Blogger Sharon talks about essential resources for on the road homeschooling, also known as a “road school.”
Education through travel has become more popular in recent years, with some homeschool families doing a lot of their schooling on the go. By combining education with travel, homerschoolers can create unique, hands on learning experiences their kids. This mobile-geared learning style literally makes education one huge field trip complete with lots of fun family memories along the way!
The beauty of road schooling is its flexibility. Road schooling can be done by plane, train, car, bus, boat, or RV. Some examples include taking a day trip to a science center, a weekend at a local state park, or spending the week exploring a nearby state. An even braver approach to road schooling is choosing to live in an RV for an extended period and taking a family cross-country road trip.
Road School Resources
1. Free Resources
Utilize free resources in your area. Visit national parks, zoos, and museums. Create experiences for your children that allow them to learn by doing. Bring education to life by visiting a beach to study sea life. Visit civil war reenactments and experience the war before your eyes. Subjects like Literature, Geography, and History, come to life when they’re experienced in the real world.
Don’t forget to utilize your local library. Don’t underestimate the impact of your local library on your child’s education. Load up on books about what you’re visiting and let the learning begin!
Homeschool freebie websites like virtuousmother.com also provide weekly lists of educational freebies. Utilizing these websites saves you both time and money especially if you subscribe to their email list and have the freebies delivered right to your inbox.
Use technology to your advantage. Online games, resources, and digital downloads are just a click away thanks to the Internet. Some of my favorites are from Educents. Prices start at free and go up little by little, so you are sure to find the creative curriculum to fit every need. Perfect for saving time, money, and space!
Other technology resources include Skype classes for art, instruments, and cooking. Udemy has online classes for computer, photography, movie making, exercise, HTML and more. Craftsy has creative classes for sewing, knitting, quilting, cake making, purse making.
My children love lapbooking and the all the creativity and activities that come along with it! Lapbook learning usually includes learning by writing, coloring, cutting, and gluing.
Planning an educational trip? See if there is a lapbook for it. One of our favorites is the Little House on the Prairie Lapbook by Knowledge Central found on the Educents website.
A forgotten way of learning is story telling. Ask a Vietnam veteran about the Vietnam War. Ask a grandparent about the Great Depression. Ask a farmer about farming. Find someone who lived first hand what you’re studying and learn just by engaging in conversation.
5. Travel Journals
Travel journals are a great way to practice writing skills in your road school. By journaling about the new places, people, events, and food you encounter you are not only developing writing skills but recording an experience to help others learn from your unique insights. A great one to try is the Travel Journal Activity Pack by Edventures on Educents.
6. Project-Based Learning
Give each child different projects related to your road school travels. Have each child share their findings with everyone else. Assign different projects like taking pictures of local churches and identifying their architectural design, identifying historical people from the area and telling their stories, collecting post cards, trying new foods that are famous from that town, collect local leaves, etc. The sky is the limit when it comes to creative projects!
7. Radio Shows & Podcasts
Another great way to learn while road schooling is to listen while traveling. There are so many great radio shows and podcasts available that drive time no longer has to be unproductive. Search out a topic you’re interested in and have instant learning at your fingertips.
There are even great road school podcasts available specifically geared toward homeschooling and road schooling. One of my favorites is Road School Moms!
8. Videos & DVDs
Take advantage of digital learning by incorporating DVDs into your road school curriculum. Whether your child is struggling with a subject or wants to study, something more in-depth DVDs may be an excellent resource to help supplement education. A favorite of mine is the Times Tales DVD which helps make learning multiplication easy and fun!
Whether you decide road schooling is for you or not, always remember this: Be creative. Think out of the box. Make life a classroom. Create hands on learning experiences for your children. Make memories not just routines. Take time to stop and enjoy the journey and savor learning with your family.
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About the All-Star Blogger
I am a born again child of God, a mother of seven children and one stepchild whose ages range from newborn to 21. Join me as a navigate through life’s ups and downs, struggle to break out of daily survival mode, and get intentional about faith, finances, and family. You can follow me at my blog, VirtuousMother.com, and also listen to my podcast “A Virtuous Mother Podcast” with Sharon