Travelling and homeschooling is a dream for many
A dream which these days can become a reality. The great Aussie road trip can last a whole year or just a few months. Plenty of families are hitting the road with a caravan and kids in tow. They may plan to put the kids back into school when they return home, so want to keep up with the states curriculum. Or maybe this has always been part of the homeschooling plan. Here are some tips and tricks to help you on your journey.
Whether you are seasoned homeschoolers heading off to follow your bliss or just taking a few months break from the formal education system, don’t stress about your kids education. School taught us that you learn when you are at school, so the first step is unlearning that. Repeat the mantra, learning happens everywhere, daily. Discovering the vastness of Australia simply by driving those distances will teach you more than any classroom activity.
It will take a few weeks to settle in
Give yourselves time to settle in to new rhythms. Some kids will cope better than others with life on the road. That said, the ones who are happy at first could well struggle with other issues down the track. Remember, take time to enjoy the changes, focus on why you decided to do this and allow time for everyone to adjust to this new life. Deep breaths, often, when it isn’t going as planned.
How does it actually look for families who are on the road? Some families unschool, following the interests of the child, without enforcing any set work or curriculum. Others choose to cover the basics with a work book or two. In a previous post I mentioned some of our tried and tested resources.
Do your homework
There is a Facebook group for everything these days, including roadschooling families. Get on board and read about what others have done, are doing, and want to do.
You can create community before you even leave. Another great resource for Aussie families hitting the road is
You too mum and dad! Journaling your trip is a great way to encourage your kids to write, draw or collect various memorabilia like tickets, brochures etc. Journaling it yourself could also be a wonderful way to express your thoughts and feelings, not to mention a resource to look back on once your home. Sitting down to write our journals has been a favorite pastime for us when travelling.
Send a postcard
Family and friends back at home would love to hear from you. Lately I have resisted the Facebook photo frenzy of our travels, and gone with some individual postcards or local artists cards. For the kids it is great writing practice, and who doesn’t love getting something in the mail that brightens their day.
Don’t buy expensive resources
I’ll say it again. You don’t have to buy a curriculum or sign up for distance education. If you do, you will waste precious time doing book work when you could have been out exploring. Visit museums, National Parks, swim, play, hike, explore, rest when you need to, hang your washing on a string line and basically just live. Life learning is most exciting when you can explore a new environment. Get outside and just do it.
Share the journey
Instagram it, blog it or start a Facebook page. Older kids might really enjoy communicating this way. You might even enjoy it yourself.