Roadschooling: Homeschool While Traveling
Roadschooling Curriculum, There are teachers out there who compare a bundle of teaching materials with a great education. Action has shown, however, that you can provide excellent instruction for your kids with very few books. For roadschooling families with limited space, this fact is essential.I am the first to agree that a good mixture of teaching materials can make a teacher's life more comfortable (much more comfortable!), I've learned from my years as a classroom teacher that they aren't necessary.
While I was a public school teacher, I stepped into my new classroom and instantly saw it was empty. I had an empty teacher desk, a bunch of student desks, and a bookshelf filled with copies of old fifth-grade science and social studies books. I was teaching Grade 5 Special Education. I had nothing useable - no pencils or pieces of paper, no reading books or math books. I thought I would lose my mind.
Roadschooling Curriculum Materials
Now, when I see that year in my mind, I am amazed at the education I provided for my students. I used my brain and my creativity to come up with teacher-made materials. I went to Triple-A and picked up travel brochures for places around the world. The children and I selected photos of the continents and pasted them to a large piece of paper. Throughout the school year, the children wrote stories about the places in the pictures. We learned song and poetry from the different areas of the world. Later each of the children created their diorama out of old shoeboxes. Needless to say, we didn't need fancy material to learn the traditional subjects.
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Being roadschoolers, we took advantage of the locations we visited and studied geography while we traveled. While at the national parks, we listened to the rangers and read the information at the visitor's centers. A considerable amount of your children's education can come from just taking advantage of your local surroundings. However, you will need some supplies to make roadschooling easier. Here is a list of suggestions of things you can bring.
- Kindles - the best purchase ever. Our kids can download English books no matter where we go.
- Math books - For younger children, all they need to know in this area can easily be part of your family routine. An older child will need math books for their studies.
- Notebook - We have a journal for each child. They use them to write about the things we saw each day and our experiences.
- Calculator/Thesaurus/Dictionary - One machine does it all. It's the size of a standard calculator, but it's so much more.
- Maps - We carry a road atlas, so we know where we're going, but they also make excellent teaching materials.
- Computers - a laptop or tablet is good. We have a wide variety of books stored on the children's tablet, and our vehicle has its own Wifi. If you stay at hotels, you can use the free Wifi service for internet time.
- Creativity - With a little bit of thought you can create most of you learning materials on the road. Have fun and your family will learn things you never expected.