We are 18 months into our full-time RVing adventures and our home school has come a long way! We were new to homeschool when we ditched suburbia and moved into our 42 foot 5th wheel. The idea of homeschooling was a bit overwhelming at first…so many opinions of how to do it and so many ideas out there. I came up with my own plan using online resources the kids could access from their iPads. You can read more about what we started out with here. While each of those things were great, after about a semester, the kids were getting a little overwhelmed and we were tearing through our Verizon data plan with all of the video driven curriculum. We needed to regroup and come up with a different plan that the kids and I both could get on board with, and one that didn’t require quite as much data usage.
I began praying about it, and I came across a fully prepared, completely free, Christian-based, online curriculum. If you are a homeschool parent, or considering homeschooling your children, this is an AMAZING resource! Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool is a blessing from above. My children love it. It teaches everything that was on my list of things I wanted to include in our homeschool day. It’s easy to use. It’s completely free and will always be free. You can read more about why it’s free here.
Our school days have various different looks. Sometimes, we knock out school in the morning and play all afternoon. Sometimes, the kids learn about something which interests both of them. Sometimes, we have a “reading day”. Sometimes, we do school in our pjs. Sometimes, we enjoy a warm day of learning outside. Sometimes, we take a day off to learn a life skill. Sometimes, we spend a day browsing a library. Sometimes, we take an online class such as a Minecraft Class. Sometimes, we go on amazing field trips. Regardless of how we do it, we are learning. I am actually a little jealous of the education my children are getting! Ha! The cool part is we are always learning and we are doing it together!
Now, while I thoroughly enjoy a traditional homeschool day, some of our best learning days have come from our days of exploring. Being a full-time RVing family allows us to go on field trips that many would only dream about. Here is a rundown of the “field trips” we went on this last semester. You can click the link on any of them to learn more about them.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – Cincinnati, OH
The Flight 93 Memorial – Stoystown, PA
The Duquesne Incline – Pittsburgh, PA
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Battlefield – Gettysburg, PA
Liberty University – Lynchburg, VA
Appomottox Courthouse – Appomattox, VA
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site – Atlanta, GA
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area – Fredericksburg, TX
Legoland Discovery Center – Dallas, TX
Dinosaur Valley State Park -Glen Rose, TX
What a cool semester of living learning on the road! We are in the process of planning new adventures for this semester. I wouldn’t trade this life for anything!