Roadschooling is essentially the same as homeschooling, but on the road. Many RV enthusiasts with young children choose to roadschool their kids so the family can fully embrace the full-time lifestyle of living, learning, and traveling the country.
Imagine yourself as a kid again and what it would be like to see, hear, touch, smell, and experience the historic sites of say, the Revolutionary War or the Civil War? Or to visit and learn about the birthplaces of our former presidents, the birthplaces of blues, country, and jazz music, or the birthplaces of industry and manufacturing? How would have learning about those things come alive for you if you were able to be in the very places where amazing things happened and amazing people lived? Roadschooling can do that for your child now. But how do you get started?
Learn Your State’s Laws
To start, find out about the homeschooling laws and requirements in your home state. You’ll need to follow the protocol required in order to properly and legally roadschool your children. Many full-time RVers choose to domicile in Florida or Texas, which have no mandated reporting and enrollment in umbrella schools, respectively, whereas other states have more reporting and test-taking requirements.
Choose a Learning Style
As with homeschooling, the approach you take with roadschooling can be up to you – there are more relaxed curricula you could follow as well as more traditional schooling formats. For example, a more relaxed style of teaching is the concept of “unschooling,” a philosophy that allows a child to completely direct their learning without coercion. On the other end of the spectrum is the classic “school at home” style, with a parent teaching from a specific curriculum and overseeing structured class time for a child each day. Then there are many styles in between, from unit-based and literature-based studies to online school and even combinations of styles. You’ll want to select the approach that works for you, your child (taking his or her age and learning style into account), and your overall RVing lifestyle.
Advantages of Roadschooling
In addition to having history and nature come alive before their very eyes, there are many advantages of roadschooling your children. For one, roadschooling will allow you to forge a deeper bond with your child and more intimately teach them about the world they live in. There are also many opportunities for your child to meet and interact with other people, both adults and children – think museums, aquariums, zoos, and even your campground – so you don’t have to worry about socialization issues. Plus, there are support groups out there for full-time RVing families who roadschool their children, with places to connect in person and on social media.
Have you homeschooled or roadschooled a child before? Tell us more in the comments or contact us today!