5 Must Have Roadschool Rules

The biggest rule for successful roadschooling is simple: There are no rules. However,while pondering the things I wish I had known when I started roadschooling my kids, these are the five must have rules I wish I had known in the beginning.

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Explore. Observe every inch of the the outdoors around you. Climbing mountains and hiking canyons is awesome. But, so is snorkeling just a few feet off the coral reef to see the creatures of the sea and what else lies at the bottom of the ocean. Placing your small child-size hand in the cast of a gorilla’s ginormous handprint is unforgettable.

Discover. Don’t be in such a hurry that you overlook opportunities to discover the little moments that surround your place in the world. Not long ago while taking a break in the campground swimming pool, I noticed my 8-year old sulking (so I thought) at the edge of the pool. She had her head down resting on her folded hands with eyes half closed. I pushed aside my urge to tell her to “straighten up” by simply saying “Watcha doing?” She sweetly replied, “Watching the ants on the concrete. They have no idea that I am watching their every move. It’s a whole ant world over there.” I am really glad I didn’t miss that.

Encourage. The best motivator in our rig, is a few words of encouragement. It doesn’t have to be a ticker tape parade for the learning sponges in your roadschool to feel like they have accomplished something. It still amazes me how quickly I receive a smile and a look from sparkling eyes when I exclaim “Way to go, Buddy!” or “Wow, I can’t believe you figured that out!” It feels good to on both ends of the compliment, so don’t ration them out. Motivate those little critters!

Create. As in, let your lively learners produce projects in any form they see fit. Let them interpret the ideas they have in writing. Let them draw it in pictures. Let them play it in video or audio creations they can produce. If writing in the sand, or on a foggy window, or in a muddy patch of ground happens to be the way your student translates what she has learned, celebrate the effort.

Read. Everything. Read out loud to your roadschool classroom. Let them read out loud to you. Direct your readers to quiet spots on breezy days to read independently. Collectively, read together. While traveling, point out anything you can read: signs, brochures, license plates, advertising billboards, and anything that passes you by while learning one mile at a time. There really is no substitution for reading. The skill has to be practiced every day, in every way, to be effective.

Workbooks, textbooks, curricula, journals, binders, and all other forms of resources are great. They are even necessary sometimes. But do not underestimate the power of your life learner. He or she will explore and discover and observe and learn all sorts of lessons while strengthening their life skills while on the road of the information highway in front of them. For more Roadschool 101 tips and tricks, subscribe to the Road Trip Teacher newsletter for free printables and monthly inspiration for your homeschooling adventure on the road.

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