As I have mentioned before, my family travels a lot. We live in a travel trailer full-time, and we take every opportunity we can find to see this beautiful country. Many people wonder how we can lead this life full of adventure and still find time to educate our five-year-old son. The answer is simple: roadschooling.
While I won’t claim to be an expert on the subject, I am happy to respond to the questions of anyone who asks. After all, who can blame them for being a little bit curious?
Let’s dive into the world of roadschooling, and I’ll answer the questions that I hear most often.
What is roadschooling?
Roadschooling is exactly what one might assume. Essentially it is homeschooling while traveling the country, almost always in an RV of some sort.
As we all know, families homeschool in a variety of ways, and the same applies to roadschooling. Some people choose to take a very relaxed, unschooling approach to their travel schooling. Others decide it is best to emulate something more along the lines of traditional school. Of course, many do something between those two extremes, and that is just fine as well.
Where do you store your supplies?
This question is surprisingly common and one that every family might answer differently. Our family takes a very relaxed approach to schooling, especially because our son is still so young. Therefore, we don’t have much to store. What we do have fits very easily.
In our tiny home, there is a bin of books to choose from, but we also visit the library as often as possible in order to keep the number of books we own to a minimum. We have a Kindle Fire tablet, loaded with educational games, books, and podcasts, that serves us very well when we are in the car for extended periods of time.
Additionally, we have one cabinet dedicated to craft supplies as well as pencils and paper. Other than these things, we use everyday experiences and adventures to supplement our son’s education.
Some families have older kids and can keep all schoolwork on the computer. Other families we have met purchase a larger RV so that they can have a dedicated school space. There are a number of ways to make schooling on the road work, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
How do you have time for schoolwork?
Some people have expressed concern that we won’t have enough time for schooling when we are so busy having travel adventures. These people fail to realize two things.
First, traveling is our lifestyle. Therefore, we are not on a perpetual vacation. We do have downtime and a regular schedule.
Second, every trip to a museum or zoo, every hike through the woods, and even a trip to a local theme park is schooling for us. We embrace learning wherever we go, and we have found that fantastic learning experiences come our way every single day.
With these things in mind, one can see that fitting school into our lives is not only easy, but it is also completely natural.
What are the laws regarding roadschooling?
Every state has a different set of rules and regulations regarding homeschooling. When parents choose to roadschool their children, they must follow the homeschooling laws of their home state.
Many people opt to change their state of residency to take advantage of more relaxed homeschool laws, as well as lower taxes and other considerations. Because we were Oklahoma residents when we started this venture, and because Oklahoma has some of the most laid-back homeschooling laws in the country, we have held onto our residency.
Are there negative sides to roadschooling?
This question is a toughie. I’d say for us the negatives relate more to full-time RV living rather than roadschooling itself. For example, sometimes being cooped up in our tiny travel trailer is a bit difficult, especially when it is rainy or cold and going outside isn’t an option. Additionally, our son does have times when he would like to have more permanent playmates.
However, the positives of this lifestyle far outweigh the negatives, and we have no regrets!
Why did you choose roadschooling?
We chose roadschooling in order to give our child perspective and an opportunity to learn about people and places first-hand. We chose this route to connect as a family and to the world around us. Most importantly, we chose roadschooling in order to help our son to see the beauty in everything our world has to offer. So far, it seems to be working out just fine.
We would love to answer more questions on our lifestyle and schooling choices. If you have questions of your own, leave them in the comments.
This post is linked to the Hip Homeschool Hop.