In my previous post What Is Road-Schooling? I share and explain the ins and outs of roadschooling. To briefly describe roadschooling, it is learning through experiences based on specific destinations. Sometimes we cover something at home then try to find where that event in history took place. Then we travel there to experience it in person. Can you even imagine the deep love for learning you will develop as a family through destination based learning?
Picture it– Instead of reading about geology you experience it by hiking to and through caverns, discovering various rocks, observing, and discussing their composition.
Visualize your child discovering a living geography by hiking through a new landscape upon each destination and discussing the various terrain such as hills, slopes, bodies of water, and mountains.
Instead of reading about marine biology Imagine traveling to a tropical lagoon and exploring the aqua blue salty waterway from sunup to sundown.
Perhaps, the opportunity to meet and interact with the rescued dolphins?
It goes beyond home education. Destination based learning is kinesthetic, visual, and Auditory learning through living experiences where the world is our classroom.
Are you interested or curious and want to learn more on how to make this work for your home education? Then join me as I begin the planning phase of roadschooling.
1. Duration of Roadschooling
This is one of the first things to consider when trying to decide on roadschooling. How long will you road school for? If you’ve briefly looked into roadschooling then you probably have stumbled upon extreme road schoolers and assume that you have to sell your house, buy an RV, and get on the road.
Please remember the freedom we have in home education.
This is your roadschool-which means you can road school part time or when the wanderlust sensation starts to pull you and your family to travel. If you want to full-time road school, you can do that if you want. You can try it for a few weeks, a few months, a few years or all of your children’s education. It is your roadschool.
We follow a Charlotte Mason philosophy of education which you can read more about here: What Is A Charlotte Mason Education?Which isn’t desired led learning or roadschooling but it is largely based on a living education. A living education blends well with destination based learning and we can definitely have the best of both worlds by melding them together.
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Detail to consider: should you bring formal lessons or textbooks for your children to work through in between destinations?
To answer this question, decide how long you are going to roadschool for first. If it is just when the inspiration strikes then taking a week off here or there and letting the experience be the lesson is absolutely perfect. However, if you are going all in full-time roadschooling then bringing all of your curriculum on the road with you is ideal.
Many of us look at roadschooling and can only dream about it. Why? Financially it isn’t feasible, which I completely and entirely understand. We are currently not in the position to financially roadschool on the level we want but we are working towards that by taking these actionable steps:
- Begin researching and considering frugal ways to roadschool.
- Decide how much time you can roadschool based on how much you can afford.
- Search for remote work so you can earn income while on the road.
Those that look at full-time roadschooling as financially impossible, consider that some homeschooling families use this as an opportunity to sell off their possessions and live minimally in an RV. Often times the income earners work remotely in between destinations. In contrast to how expensive roadschooling may seem, consider how much you could save by living minimially full-time in an RV.
This detail is what draws most of us in. Destination based learning brings education to a whole new level. To be completely transparent, as a family we love to travel, experiencing places we have never been before is an exciting adventure that we want to live regularly. Maybe it is a dream for you but you can make any dream a reality with a little work. Begin with choosing one destination as a goal and work towards it. Right now, we are taking day trips away from home to get a feel for how we would roadschool. As Charlotte Mason homeschoolers many of our destinations have a nature theme but in time we plan to incorporate historical destinations as well.
I saved this for last, as it is dependent on the duration and your financial ability to roadschool. Maybe you just want to keep what you have and just drive the minivan on a day trip away from home. This may be the only level of roadschooling you want for your homeschool. Maybe you can afford air travel and casually utilize destination based learning primarily for all of the joy and excitement your family can get out of it. Maybe you want it all? You want to educate your children by destination based learning and enjoy the adventure as a family-you want an RV.
Our goal is to keep a house in our home state (Michigan) and (right now) our plan is to road school via an RV once or every other month for roughly a week. We may even fly depending on the destination. I plan to support our destination based learning by teaching from a Charlotte Mason perspective.
Considering the duration, finances, curriculum, destination, and transportation, how would you road-school?