Saturday, November 12, 2011

Roadschooling

                      In case you didn't know already, we are a family of roadschoolers! What is roadschooling? Well, it is anyone who either home-schools part or full time, while either living in a RV or travels in either a RV or by car for part or all of the year . I know, I know, the idea seems nuts right? Well, when my husband first suggested we live in a RV when we lost our home due to his recent disability, I thought it sounded a lil out there myself. I wondered how are we going to make this work with our children? There were of course the concerns of space and comfort when living day to day life. Unfortunately, for many of us down sizing is something many of us have to do. Most may only have to look at a smaller home, but some whether by choice or not have to go one step further. After careful thought, we knew this seemed like the best option. I knew it would not be all bad, being able to see this country of ours was a nice thought and the idea of not being tied down to one location seemed like a refreshing change of pace. 
So how have I made living in a 36 foot travel trailer work with a family of 4. First I put in a real twin size bed ( trundle) in the living area. This gives both my kids their own bed and does double duty as a couch. I took out the  built in dining, and use a folding table set. This makes it easy to have extra space by folding it up when need be. I also bought a big rubber cabinet with 5 shelves to store all of my children's toys. Yes, even thou we may be in a RV, my kids still need to have their toys : )  As far as homeschooling, I bought a filing container for all of my unit study's papers/printables and I bought a laptop for my children to use for their Time4Learning. Online curriculum's are so nice when you are short on storage space.
Isn't it funny how life twists and turns and just when you think the road your on is straight as far as the eye can see, it can throw big hills to climb from time to time. Its been about 6 months since we have become a "family on the road". It's not as bad as I thought it would be. I am looking forward to the many places I will get to see. I know  someday we will have that Big home again, but I do not think we will ever not travel. Whether part or full time we will always be a roadschooling family!
                                                                                

1 comment:

Jackie said...

Awesome, Keri!

Glad you were able to make lemonade when life gave you lemons.

Roadschooling sounds like lots of fun.

Maybe you should call your lifestyle "lifeschooling" HA HA

Joyfully,
Jackie