Learning on the Road

One aspect of traveling that I truly appreciate is the influence it has on my children. There are so many people and places that have entered into their combined consciousness that it will be a source of nostalgia for them long after I am gone. And it is also a springboard for learning so many new things.

In Wyoming they met two of the most wonderful children; Aidan and his little sister Riley. I’ve never known any two children (other than my own of course :)) with more charisma than they possess. Aidan taught Oliver, Willow, and Ivy how to pan for gold.

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Willow panning They are learning first-hand about different cultures.

Pow Wow

Visiting historic sites.

Custer's Battlefield

Custer’s Battlefield.

So many things that I can not begin to list them all, but each new experience will add to their future selves.

Whatever Strikes Your Fancy

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If you look really hard and maybe bring out a magnifying glass (or click on the photo to enlarge it) you will see Ivy there on the bank of the LLano river with a fishing pole in her hand. Not such an unusual sight you say. And you’re right. But this image is the epitome of what I imagined almost a year ago when we decided that we were going to take to the road.

You can’t see it but Chloe,Willow, Oliver and I are sitting under the shade of large oak tree with our school books spread out before us. Ivy had been in the process of identifying the subject and verb in her Grammar lesson when she decided that she wanted to go fishing. After considering that we had no place to go and all the time in the world I said, “Why not? Go right ahead.”

Homeschooling is fantastic but roadschooling is absolutely amazing. Without the pressures of having games and classes and meetings to drive to day in and day out you are enabled to slow down and chill out.  I’m most definitely not to the place I want to be, but my hope is to make our time of learning enjoyable again. A little freer. And my ultimate hope is that it might be a bit simpler as well. I would love to see my children enjoy learning instead of bemoaning it.

I think that taking a break for a little fishing or whatever strikes your fancy at the moment is a good place to start.