Those of you who follow this blog may recall the ginormous personal goal I am pursuing . Since January, we have been saving and preparing to embark on a one year roadschooling adventure as a family. You can read all about it HERE. In a nutshell, roadschooling is homeschooling while traveling the country in an RV. We are selling most of our belongings and making the road our home for one full year. During our travels, I will continue to operate this blog remotely, and with a few virtual helpers. Our hope is to hit the road in June of 2014 and return in August 2015.
I have never homeschooled, but my heart has been heading in that direction for some time. I have resisted, mostly out of my own fear. I have four children who are still at home, including one who has autism. So homeschooling as a newbie is intimidating. To be perfectly frank, I don’t want to screw it up. But thanks to the dozens of successful homeschooling moms sharing advice via the blogosphere, I have gained some wisdom and courage, and we are going for it! We have prayerfully pursued this dream of ours, and we are convinced this is the best thing for our family right now.
From our own experience as parents to five children, we have seen how significant hands-on learning can be. Roadschooling allows us to walk our children through science and history by showing them American battlefields, natural wonders and a variety of museums and landmarks and pairing them with lessons. This will be especially important to our autistic child, who is a very concrete learner. My prayer is that God gives me the wisdom and tools to utilize the educational benefits of this trip to the fullest.
For those of you following along with our journey, here is the progress we have made over the past two months.
- We remain debt free, and have nearly doubled our savings!
- We have narrowed our 5th wheel choices down to three possible manufacturers: Nu-Wa, Excel and New Horizons. All three are created specifically for fulltimers, which means they are higher quality and created for all-season use. The older models are within our price range too!
- Through conversations with other roadschooling families we have learned about the Thousand Trails Campground Pass, which allows us free camping at dozens of campgrounds nationwide for an annual fee. We are investigating, and considering adding this membership to our budget. From what we see, it looks like it could save us some serious bucks.
Our goals for the next 30 days:
- Continue to add to our savings account.
- Create a list of family-friendly campgrounds across the US. If any of you have any suggestions, I would be most grateful if you would leave them in the comments!
- Begin formulating a plan for homeschooling next year.
- Continue to simplify our lives by selling items on Craigslist and donating to a local thrift store.
- Make no new purchases except what is absolutely necessary.