Top 10 Reasons We Love Roadschooling!
Where to spend Labor Day weekend!?! We found a great spot right outside of Ketchum in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. It’s by a river with great internet so that we can do school this weekend.
We are new to roadschooling and to homeschooling. Our first year has been full of ups and downs, but with more ups that is for certain. As we start our second year, here are a few of my favorite things.
1. Our kids have become so much closer to each other
When they were in school, they spent most of their time during the day apart and they each had their own set of friends. While they still have those friends, I feel like they have really gotten much closer to each other and had the chance to get to know each other very well.
2. They are learning to work as a team
It has taken a while and though it isn’t always a perfect team, I am finding that their communication with each other is developing and growing. I love this picture, look at them helping each other across the river. I see them sticking together and sticking up for each other more and more. It makes my heart melt. I am an only child and I keep telling them, when they are irritating each other, that one day they will (hopefully) appreciate having a sibling.
3. Their love for nature
They have always had a love for nature, but, they have discovered so much more being on the road! I love the way they find even the little things that may have gone unnoticed, had we been in a rush or only been out on a long weekend.
4. How much happier they are!
Not that they weren’t happy when they went to school or in our stick and brick, but, I never heard them say this at home. ^^^ Katie painted this on a rock she found, with mud and a stick.
They were simply playing with no electronics, no structure, just playing. I hope we will have more and more “Best Day Ever”s as years go by.
5. Watching their creativity blossom
This is creativity without the pipe cleaners or lego instructions. It is creativity of what is around you and making things work, imperfectly. Here they were building a house for a mouse with mud, rocks and sticks that they just found around the campsite.
I felt like as they were growing older, they were losing that spark of creativity. Now, I feel like they are slowly getting it back the more and more we let go.
6. Spending time as a family
One of the things I was afraid of, as they were growing up, is looking back and regretting the time not spent. When I look back at my childhood, I appreciated the times where my parents spent time with me. I didn’t cherish the moments where they were working or the things they got me. I just wanted to spend time with them.
7. You can roadschool from anywhere
This is our classroom today. Why does a classroom have to have four walls or a desk? It doesn’t! We love working outside when we can and why not?
Laundromats are also a great place to do school work. They usually have free wifi and you have a good hour of down time anyway.
8. Learning from Experts
We LOVE Junior Ranger Programs! Visitor Centers are an amazing place to roadschool too.
Our kids have learned so much from Rangers, scientists, and all different types of experts.
We have learned so much from the visitor center displays, films and ranger talks. State Parks and National Parks are such a great resource for learning! This is a display from the Sawtooth Visitor Center just 5 minutes from our campsite.
9. You can dive deeper into their interests
In August, we were able to go hunting for fish fossils in Wyoming. If there is something that interests your child, you can help to cultivate that interest.
10. Making unforgettable memories for them
I don’t remember very many days from school. Maybe I might remember being scolded for making faces at my fellow students at nap time and maybe riding the bus to a field trip, but, I don’t have any day to day memories of school. I love that they talk about places we’ve been and memories of what we saw or learned along the way.
I don’t want to paint roadschooling as all unicorns and rainbows, there are always tough spots in life. But, overall we are so happy that we made the decision to roadschool! Knowing what we know now, the only regret that we have is that we didn’t start sooner 🙂
Now that Labor Day is over we’re headed down to meet Spencer’s mom in Great Basin, but, first up is City of Rocks National Reserve!