For many parents, roadschooling is a daunting proposition. This is completely understandable, but I sincerely hope these parents take a step back and realize that if this is something they want to do, they absolutely can. Not only that, but they can roadschool in a peaceful way that doesn’t promote stress.
In fact, I highly recommend avoiding stress when roadschooling, as it often works against the ultimate goal of the parents: to instill a love of learning into their children, help them be the best they can be, and show them the wonders of the world. None of these things can be done well when stress is at the center of schooling.
So how do you avoid stress and accomplish peaceful roadschooling in your home-on-wheels? Try the four simple keys below.
First, you might need to take steps to change the way you think about schooling. What is education to you? If the first thing that comes to mind is a textbook, test, or essay, you’re probably going to find yourself feeling pretty anxious while homeschooling on the road.
Instead of focusing solely on traditional forms of education, try to open your mind to new ways of thinking about school. Remind yourself that your child is always learning. Take the time to see how much amazing education is happening when you visit a museum or historic site. Try to find ways to incorporate “school” into your everyday life.
By doing this, you can rest easy knowing your child will come out well educated even if they didn’t sit down to do traditional schoolwork every single day during your travels.
Remember that roadschooling isn’t just about educating your child. It’s also about learning and growing as a family. Therefore, you should be willing to jump in and learn and discover right alongside your child.
This attitude toward education will help get you excited about homeschooling and will help keep your child interested and engaged. Best of all, it will show your child that they will never be too old to learn something new, helping them to become lifelong lovers of learning.
This is a truly wonderful skill to have in a world that is always growing and changing.
While I don’t recommend obsessing over your child’s studies, a little bit of planning in advance can go a long way to ensure your roadschooling is fun and engaging rather than bookwork drudgery. Therefore, it’s a good idea to look at your travels ahead of time and figure out how education can fit into the picture.
For instance, if you will be visiting a railroad museum, try to find books to read and videos to watch on the subject of trains. This will 1) expand upon what your child learns at the museum, and 2) help reinforce the most important and interesting bits. This practice can also lead to finding new passions, something that is always a bonus.
Yep, you did read that right: I do expect you to relax.
It is obviously important that your child receives an education. However, the fact that you’re traveling, seeing new things, and meeting new people means your kid is already going to be leaps and bounds ahead of peers in many ways.
As long as you’re seeking out educational opportunities along the way, reading together, and squeezing in whatever schoolwork you deem most important, you’re doing great!