Monday, June 11, 2012

Roadschooling questions...

This whole homeschooling/ roadschooling thing is new to us. We want our kids’ education to be meaningful, realistic, teaching life skills and gearing towards their interests. Purchasing a pre-planned curriculum does not fit in well in our ideals of what we see roadschooling as. I’m sure the premade curriculums are great…. Totally not knocking that choice for anyone… but it’s just not what we want…now, at least. We may change our minds and long for the simplicity of a workbook and a planned curriculum instead of having to be totally creative.
We’ve been brainstorming what’s important for the kids to do, and how we want them to do it… Here’s a very rough list of ideas thus far. I would LOVE some feedback, ideas, or resources if you want to share. J
Every day we want the kids to:
  • Read independently, self-selected books
  • We all read a chapter of a novel together and discuss (Starting our first one tomorrow… Swiss Family Robinson- YAY!)
  • Math… what to do? Can tie realistically into life, like gas mileage, recipes, etc… but think you also have to teach some skills in isolation.
  • USA studies (see Learning on the Road for a plan)
  • Physical Education (That goes kinda without saying. We walk every day, or swim, snorkel, bike, etc.)
  • Arts/crafts/ something creative (Not so much from a “This is how Picasso painted” perspective, but just doing something creative with your hands every day. Again, kinda goes without saying...)
  • Science… would prefer for this to lead naturally out of their interests, like finding a cool rock, or how the Grand Canyon was formed, or identifying nature..                                                                    Like this is a Tufted Titmouse, aka our friendly campsite pet…

  • History/ government… tie this into US studies, perhaps?

I know schools are adopting Common Core Standards. Is this worth a look, or is that tooooo much to consider?                         

What subjects am I forgetting? I know what I want roadschooling to be, but I’m not sure if I’m being realistic, an overachiever, an underachiever, or what…
How do YOU homeschool or roadschool?


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  2. I don't homeschool/roadschool but am a teacher. I dream about roadschooling though. Common Core is a lot to look into and consider, but you may want to look at the standards for math for each grade. You could do something like a math calender daily to highlight specific math ideas. Do the same printable everyday in a 3 ring binder (multiples or other number sense, story problem, money, time, place value, fraction, etc) but change the number every day-just a cheap idea that wouldn't take much space and would be quick! I would also have my kiddos write a travel journal to get their writing in. You could have the journal be like a scrapbook or interactive journal to get some art in, or even add nature elements to hit on a naturalist/science notebook on certain pages. Make it really unique and individual to them.


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