How to Start Roadschooling?3 min read
Ever heard of the term “roadschooling”? Well, it’s pretty much just what the name suggests. Roadschooling is homeschooling on the road and learning through travel experiences.
So many homeschoolers dream of traveling and homeschooling on the road! However, committing to full-time traveling is not the easiest thing.
But we have some good news for you. Roadschooling doesn’t necessarily have to be an all-or-nothing concept! That’s right! You don’t have to drastically turn your life upside down or completely change the way you live. You can still roadschool without having to trade your cozy home for an RV!
There are a number of different forms of roadschooling. We have a few tips to help you get started with roadschooling in a way that will suit your family and your lifestyle. The best way to get started is to begin right where you are and make gradual but small changes that are easier to accommodate into your life.
The reason it’s better to start with small changes is that at least that way you will actually give roadschooling a shot. If you like it, you can make more significant changes, and if you don’t you can always go back to your regular homeschool!
Here are a few tips to help you to start roadschooling
Change your mindset about learning
This is the very first step you will have to take in order to move towards roadschooling. If you remain firm on the idea that “schooling” and “education” can only mean sitting at a table surrounded by workbooks of every subject possible, trying to finish the portion before the school year ends, then you will definitely have to make some changes when you travel.
Encourage your kids to explore more and to discuss what they come across. Keep book work to a minimum.
Download some podcasts
Long car rides can get pretty difficult with kids. Listening to podcasts is a great idea to do something educational while traveling and it helps to keep everyone sane too! Podcasts will also help everyone to stay away from screens. It’s a great way to pass the time. You will find a plethora of interesting podcasts that work well for all ages.
Take up camping!
Camping is much cheaper as compared to staying in hotels every night. It is something that will not only make your adventures much more affordable but will also prove to be a great learning experience for your kids. Camping teaches you so many important life skills and survival tactics too.
Read, read and read!
Reading is already such a great practice to get your kids into. Nightly reading is a fantastic way to expand on what you have already learned and what you will learn during your journey. Encourage your kids to fall in love with books and reading. It’ll really help them in the long run.
Travel planning can seriously be a great part of education. Let’s take a look at how. Planning your route together will be a great way for your kids to get some hands-on map experience. Giving your kids the freedom to choose the attractions that your family visits will help them learn how to research and learn more about their different options. Budgeting is a practical way to put math to use! Packing will help with providing amazing problem-solving practice. Planning your ventures together with your kids will actually benefit them in many ways.
Hit the road
This is pretty much the last step we have for you. Just sit back and take in every single moment of your travels. Read as much as possible, meet as many new people as you can, push your kids to try new things, and most importantly, just have fun!
The learning will happen along the way. As you begin to roadschool more, you will find that your kids will become more well-informed individuals who can appreciate the world around them a little more.