Many families are deciding to hit the road and travel full time, which means many families are also roadschooling their kids. It can be overwhelming at first. However, many families that have been on a road for years start a roadschooling blog. And one great way to discover the world of homeschooling on the road is through reading roadschooling blogs. Let’s take a look at a few of our favorites!
What Is Roadschooling?
Roadschooling is essentially learning while on the road. It’s hands-on and very visual, and it goes hand-in-hand with experiencing the world around you, with a bit of intentionality.
For example, you have a trip planned to Zion National Park, so you do a bit of research with your kids before the trip. You learn about the sites, geology, and history. Then, as you travel to your destination, you see what you have been learning. You can intentionally teach your children through your adventures. You get to learn about where you’re standing, which creates lessons that your family won’t soon forget.
The 5 Roadschooling Blogs You Should Be Reading
Roadschooling doesn’t come naturally for everyone, so maybe you aren’t sure how to get started or what it looks like in action. Perhaps you aren’t new at it but just need to be inspired. We’ve gathered a few great roadschooling blogs to help you get started and keep having fun while learning.
1. Gap Year Family
Gap Year Family is a family of four that spent a year traveling around the world in 2014 and 2015. Parents Stephen and Wendy, and their two children, took to the road to gain new experiences. They started their blog because there was limited travel information regarding extended travel with young school-aged children.
They’ve dedicated a page of their blog to roadschooling resources and tips. Some of their top quick tips include things such as giving children a camera of their own, encouraging children to keep a journal, going at their pace, and preparing ahead of time by reading books. In addition, the family looked for natural education opportunities throughout their adventures. Gap Year Family has created destination guides for each of its 12 destinations.
2. Wander School
Wander School is a digital nomad who has traveled extensively with her four children. She believes, “The World is our classroom.” In 2015, she traveled to all 50 states in her 31-foot motorhome. She continues to have amazing adventures today. She believes that you have to trust the learning process, trust that they are learning through the world around them.
Their family says, “When we’re not out exploring, we are often found at a funky or chic coffeehouse that’s playing good music and has fast wifi.” Roadschooling can happen anywhere, even in coffee shops around the world. While Wander School takes a more unstructured approach toward learning through experience, the kids still study formal subjects. It’s a great blog to follow if you find yourself wanting some structure mixed with roadschooling.
Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers is a roadschooling blog owned by two moms with similar family dynamics and thoughts on homeschooling. Wendy and Trish have both graduated homeschoolers and still have one left at home. They have a team of women who guest write on the blog about their homeschooling and roadschooling tips and tricks. Between Wendy, Trish, and their team, there’s bound to be lots of fun ideas and real-life applications you can use.
4. Our Wandering Family
If you’re a full-time RVing family yourself, you may have heard of our next blogger, Our Wandering Family. This family of five has been on the road since 2016 when they sold everything they owned and left the Chicago area to travel in their converted bus. You may know Our Wandering Family from their popular podcast, RV Miles.
The Junior Ranger program at national parks has played a large role in the family’s roadschooling journey. Their three children have completed many Junior Ranger programs throughout their travels. Even after completing the official coursework from the program, the learning doesn’t stop. “When we come home at night, we often talk about the park we visited, drawing on facts we learned from the Junior Ranger program,” the family said. “I often see their play align with a park we’ve just visited, which only deepens their connection with the park and reinforces their desire to protect these valuable places.”
An unexpected part of roadschooling is just how much the whole family joins in on the learning. Our Wandering Family explains, “The beautiful thing about the program is that I learn right alongside my kids.”
5. Fulltime Families
Fulltime Families is a well-known and trusted membership program for families who are traveling full-time. Most families who belong to Fulltime Families are RVing in one way or another. The group’s Facebook page has more than 18,000 followers. They’re a valued member of the RVing community and a trusted roadschooling blog.
Fulltime Families is one big happy family, but it branches into categories with specific interests in mind, one of which is roadschooling. Families can use free resources on roadschooling, connect with others doing roadschooling, or join relevant book clubs. They may even find other RVers who offer tutoring and classes. The website also has a blog with helpful articles.