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School on Wheels: Roadschooling for RVers
The call of the open road can be loud.... but so can the tardy bell at the local elementary school. What if you've decided to travel the country on a full-time or part-time basis in an RV, but still feel trapped by the public school calendar? Take school on the road!
We’ve been able to meet so many amazing families who homeschool from the road. The school day looks a little different for each family, with different types of curriculum, different needs for their children, and different priorities at different ages and phases of life. I have spoken with families choosing co-op schooling, “unschooling,”, Montessori learning, and some who enroll in local public schools where they are seasonally traveling and then move on to another a few months later. As a former elementary school teacher, I see value in every style, as their child’s educational needs are typically front and center when decisions are made.
Meet Leslie Stranathan from Elementary Explorers. She and her husband Peter live in a Winnebago Minnie 2455 Bunkhouse travel trailer with their two adorable kids, Josiah and Eleanor. I was lucky enough to meet the Stranathan family in Tampa at the RV Supershow when they stopped by our booth, and it was truly a treat to spend time with these incredible kids. Their family had just crushed their goal of visiting all fifty states after finally checking that pesky ol Hawaii off the list a few weeks prior. Every member of this family exudes happiness, and it was downright contagious! As a family, they make fantastic educational videos about family-friendly travel destinations everywhere they roam. I interviewed Leslie and picked her brain about how her family's life on the road enhances the educational experience for her children. Enjoy!
Emily: When getting started with roadschooling, were you nervous jumping in?
Leslie: I think anytime you try something new, it’s normal to feel nervous! And I certainly was! Homeschooling was not something we planned on doing, but neither was traveling in an RV! We take it one day at a time, and are constantly learning and growing. We've been homeschooling since preschool!
There are, of course, different strokes for different folks! For some, a permanent address and structured school day provides the stability needed for happy, healthy, and successful kids. For others, it's hitting the road and learning to go with the flow of traffic. I have no idea what I would personally chose should the time come for educational decisions. After spending lots of time at campgrounds and RV parks over the past year and a half of life on the road, one thing is for certain: socialization would certainly not be a problem for road-kids. The amount of lifelong relationships forged, activities planned in every park, exploration with new friends in a new place, and just plain FUN for kids in this lifestyle is inspiring. So what's your style?