If you are a parent who dreams of piling the kids into an RV and hitting the road for a full-time traveling adventure, you are not alone. There are a fairly large number of families taking up the full-time RVing lifestyle, and the number is still growing all the time.
So what’s keeping you from joining the ranks? For many parents, the answer is schooling for their children. Fortunately, there is a solution to the dilemma of educating kids while traveling. This solution is typically referred to as roadschooling.
What is roadschooling?
Roadschooling is essentially homeschooling while on the road, and is something that looks different from one family to the next.
Some people do their roadschooling lessons online, using a teacher or tutor to help with difficult subjects. Other families use a traditional book-based curriculum. Meanwhile, a few families do without structured curriculum entirely, relying solely on travel and life experiences to educate their children.
Can I roadschool my children?
Anyone can roadschool their children. That said, it does take dedication, self-trust, and a whole lot of planning on the part of the parents. Additionally, it is important to note that each state has different homeschooling laws, and all roadschoolers must abide by the laws of their state of residency.
Want to find the homeschooling laws for your state? Check out this site.
How do roadschooled kids socialize?
Many people wonder how roadschooled kids find friends. The truth of the matter is that roadschoolers find friends in exactly the same way you or I would. They meet people at the campground pool, at the park, or during classes, events, or workshops.
In fact, it’s likely that roadschooled students are better at finding friends than most other people because they’re more open to spending time with people outside their own age group. They also tend to have fewer of the social inhibitions that are so often gained in a school setting.
Do roadschooled kids do well later in life?
In short, yes: Roadschooled kids do tend to do well as adults.
In general, homeschooled children tend to score higher on tests than their public-schooled peers. In fact, many colleges actually seek out homeschooled students.
Roadschooled kids are also likely to have well-developed problem-solving skills, as well as a pretty strong creative streak. These things, as well as the variety of other life skills gained through living and learning on the road, lend themselves quite well to a variety of careers.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, roadschooled students are likely to have a more positive and open-minded outlook on life. Often, this leads them to skip the “traditional” life path entirely. Therefore, a roadschooled person might not end up going to college at all. Instead, they may choose to follow their passions, work for themselves doing what they love, and generally live life outside the box, knowing that the most important thing is to be happy and content.
As you can see, roadschooling is a wonderful answer to any questions you may have had about giving your children an education while traveling. Therefore, with a little bit more research, you could be well on your way to giving your family the traveling lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of!
About the Author:
Chelsea has the amazing opportunity to take part in full-time RV living and traveling with her tiny tribe. She homeschools her five-year-old son as they travel, and takes full advantage of their unique situation by using the entire world as her son’s classroom. A group of total Disney fanatics, Chelsea and her family often find themselves in the Orlando area in order to visit the Disney parks, but they have also visited over 25 of the 50 states with plans to see many more along the way. No matter where her travels take her, Chelsea enjoys riding bikes, gazing at beautiful sunsets, finding new coffee shops, Irish dancing, and sitting around a campfire with her family.
You can join her adventures through her blog, Wonder Wherever We Wander.
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