Our family was your average American family, back when we were convinced enrolling our kids in private, and then public schools was the right thing to do. We woke up early in the mornings to get our oldest off the school. This usually consisted of begging her to get out of the bed, washed up and shovel her breakfast down, so we could drive to school in time to wait 20mins in the tremendous car pool lane with the other standard American families.
Each morning was tough. Some more than others- but the toughest part was watching her fade into the shadows, as her personality slowly took inwards. She was turning into a wallflower- and that wasn’t who she was.
This child was full of life and had the imagination, parents dream of. She was full of life- except when she was at school. At school she wanted no attention to shine in her direction. She wanted to be left to herself, to complete her work, without raising her hand, speaking in front of the class and anything that had to do with being the center of attention…
After the school year ended we started homeschooling-
It took us some time, and we’re probably still searching for the perfect fit, but after 4 years of trying different methods, including the Online Public School from K-12, we’ve landed in the realm of roadschooling.
Roadschooling is a mix of hands-on learning and homeschool, for our family. We still use traditional curriculum and hold our children to certain standards- but we’re more flexible than your traditional school system, and allow them to lead their learning in the direction they are most interested in.
That might sound more freeing than it actually might be. Here’s how it works for the most part:
Our oldest daughter is deathly afraid of big storms, thanks to the 9 months we spent managing a Resort in the heart of Tornado Alley- Northeastern Texas. Instead of just allowing her to have the fear, possibly get used to the bad weather and get over it- she made the comment that maybe she should be a meteorologist so she would know when storms are coming. As a roadschooling mother, I immediately told her that was an awesome idea and that there was no need to wait for a career- she should start now. With a puzzled look, she watched as I jumped on the internet to order her a Weather Unit Study!
So, as you can see, even though we travel full-time and our kids are roadschooling- this doesn’t mean they’re fiddling their days away. They have school work, projects, spelling bees and math tests to complete- in addition to the self-directed learning, they initiate themselves!