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Roadschooling

19 Dec

                 

Have you ever heard of roadschooling? It is hands-on homeschooling or, learning from personal experiences while you travel. I think unschooling and roadschooling have lots in common because both methods take advantage of every educational opportunity that comes your way.

Maybe you have a job that requires lots of traveling, if so, roadschooling is perfect because the whole family can travel together. The kids have the opportunity to learn about life everywhere you travel. The family is not separated for extended periods of time, they actually have more time to bond as a family. For example, your kids can visit Plymouth Plantation rather than just read about the Pilgrims in a textbook, they can see a geyser or climb a mountain rather than look at pictures in a book, they can learn about plants at a national park, or they can calculate distances as you drive to your next destination. The possibilities are endless because life is packed full of educational adventures.

               

Children learn much more by doing (hands-on) than by just reading or even just watching. Life requires you use all your senses, so the lesson becomes more cemented in your mind, not just learned for a quiz and then forgotten.

If you roadschool, please share some of your experiences with those of us who only dream of being able to roadschool!

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6 responses to “Roadschooling

  1. quaintscribbles

    January 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Hi Adel,

    I guess you could say being able to roadschool a bit is a perk for being in the military. How smart of you to take advantage of time spent moving around.

    Thank for stopping by my blog. I appreciate you looking around and leaving me a comment!

    Best wishes to you this year.

     
  2. Aadel

    January 10, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    We would love to roadschool- in fact we did, when we moved due to the military. It was a wonderful time of growing closer as a family. We really didn’t miss all our stuff! I enjoyed reading your blog today!

     
  3. quaintscribbles

    December 29, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Oh, Lois, I would love to have your opportunity! How exciting for you and your family. I am thrilled for you. Life provides so much if we only reach out and grab it.

     
  4. Lois

    December 29, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Great concept!

    I pulled my children out of their already alternative school programs for two months this fall when we had the opportunity to travel to Korea for a few weeks. We three then continued on to Australia for two weeks and then to France for a couple of weeks as well.

    The experience was like a dream come true, magnificent for many, no doubt obvious, reasons.

    And at this very moment we are spending three days driving across the Canadian prairies, heading home after time with family over Christmas. Lots of discussion on geography, landforms and the effects of glaciers.

    So indeed, lots to learn about life from the backseat!

    Thanks for the inspiring post!

     
  5. quaintscribbles

    December 26, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    That is awesome, Denise. Your Dad did you such a huge favor! My father would always stop at all the little “brown” signs too. He was a history teacher and I think that’s where my love of history began.

     
  6. denisegabbard

    December 26, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    I love this– and I am glad that states are finally beginning to see the value in allowing parents to teach their children. Roadschooling sounds a lot like our childhood— our Dad was a huge history buff, and we visited every historical site in the eastern half of the United States, it would seem. We used to tease him about stopping at all the brown road signs, but now that I’m grown I realize what a rich childhood we had!

     

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