When I tell people we are roadschooling our son, I am usually met with puzzled looks. This is understandable considering I’m not even sure roadschooling is an official term. However, it is the term we roadschooling families have given ourselves, and I think it is pretty catchy and accurate myself.
So what is roadschooling? Well, it’s exactly what you might imagine it to be. In short, roadschooling is homeschooling while traveling and almost always happens when a family chooses to live and travel in an RV long term. However, there is a bit more to it than that. Therefore, I’m also going to give you the long answer as well.
Roadschooling can look different from one family to the next. Some families feel most comfortable with a strict structure to their days. Meanwhile, other families don’t even seem to know what a schedule is. Many families choose to use a curriculum as a foundation for their learning adventures, but many others have no curriculum at all.
That said, there are some things that are almost always consistent from one roadschooling family to the next. I have compiled a list of these things below in order to help people who are seeking information on the subject have a better understanding of what roadschooling is.
Roadschooling is a Way of Life
First off, it is important to understand that roadschooling is not just an educational choice. Instead, it is a way of life. Those who choose to roadschool understand that education cannot and should not be split off from the rest of life. Instead, it should be woven into every day adventures.
That statement leads me to my next point.
Roadschool Lessons Can Happen Anytime and Anywhere
Because roadschooling families are constantly on the go, they learn to adapt their schooling to the experiences life throws their way. This might mean a math lesson takes place at a truck stop when counting coins becomes necessary, or it might mean a text book history lesson is replaced by a museum. Roadschoolers will almost certainly fill out workbooks in the great outdoors at one time or another, and podcasts become a regular part of the school day whenever the family is moving from one city to the next.
Roadschooling Families Seek to Give Their Children More
In general, all of the roadschooling families I have come across seek to give their children a bit more. Not more stuff. RV living doesn’t mesh well with an excess of things. Instead, they seek to give their children more experiences, more deep thoughts, more opportunities to form their own opinions, and more chances to see the raw beauty and splendor of the world and the people in it. They hope to raise open-minded individuals who are able to think outside the box and solve problems on the go. This in turn gives their children more options to do whatever they wish once they reach adulthood.
That, my friends, is roadschooling defined in words. I still don’t feel this definition fully encompasses all that roadschooling is, but it is as close as I’m going to get in one post.
That said, as you continue to explore the blog and read more about the adventure of roadschooling, I am sure your understanding of the subject will grow. Maybe with enough reading and some roadschooling experience of your own you’ll be able to articulate what roadschooling is better than I can. Let me know when that day comes, and maybe you can help me improve upon this post.
Do you roadschool your children? Do you have tips you’d like to share? Or maybe you have a question? Feel free to share and ask in the comments below!