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20 Resources to help you Roadschool Through the Holidays

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This time of year can be hectic no matter what kind of lifestyle you enjoy. Many families on the road take time off to travel back home for the holidays or simply enjoy their surroundings for the season. No matter what your holiday schedule, the Roadschool Moms team encourages you to Roadschool through the Holidays. These are the favorite homeschool holiday resources on the RoadSchool Moms Approved list this year:

Language Arts & Cross-Curriculum Resources

Homeschool through the Nativity from Intoxicated on Life

All About Christmas from Meet Penny

Holidays Around the World from Teachers Pay Teachers

The History of Santa Claus from Lesson Plans Page

All About Rudolph from Mrs. Thompson’s Treasures

Christmas Vocabulary Puzzles from Road Trip Teacher

Truth in the Tinsel from Oh Amanda

Science

Christmas Science Labs from The Science Penguin

Christmas Nature Study from Our Journey Westward

Tie-Dyed Christmas Ornaments from Happy Hooligans

Math

The Twelve Math Days of Christmas from A2Z Homeschool

Christmas Math Facts from ABCya

Writing & Copywork

The Christmas Story Copywork from Mom’s Mustard Seeds

December Scripture Writing Plan from Sweet Blessings

Reading

Advent Book List from My Humble Kitchen

Christmas Chaper Books to Read Aloud from What Do We Do All Day

12 Christmas Books to Read to Your Kids from Stewardship

Art, Music & Other Fun Resources

Christmas Carols Music Study from Squilt Music

How to Draw a Reindeer from Busy Kids Happy Mom

Christmas Tree Chalk Art from Hodge Podge

Lego Christmas Projects from Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Many of the resources above can be used to homeschool across the ages of your roadschool. Here are a couple of other holiday roadschool resources we found that your middle school/high school teens might especially enjoy:

5 Days of Teen Christmas Ideas from Education Possible

Nutcracker Unit Study from Homegrown Learners

Holiday Math Activities from Lindsay Perro


To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s favorite resources used in their own roadschool during the 2015 holiday season, tune into the December 6th episode of Roadschool Moms over at iTunes!

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.

A Local’s Guide to the Best of Tucson with Kids

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Thank you to Tucson (former) local, Jennifer Miles who compiled this list for the World’s Best Roadschool Convention Attendees.

Here’s her suggestions for the best of Tucson with Kids!

Jennifer starred her family’s  favorites. but the others are still “on to the top of the list” for people who enjoy that type of activity.   The ones that say RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY are truly plan ahead and schedule. They sell out early and have limited availability.

In Town
Outdoor/Nature

*Flandrau Planetariumhttp://flandrau.org/ $7 adults, $5 4-15  This one is on the campus of the U of A.  Ranked one of the top 10 planetariums in the US. Have great kids activities.
*Botanical Gardenshttp://www.tucsonbotanical.org/  $13 for adults, $12 student, $7.50 4-12     Some great events like Alien Invasion of the Plant Kind and Butterfly Magic during the week of Convention
Desert Wildlife Museumhttps://www.desertmuseum.org/ $19.50 for adults, $15.50 13-17, $6 4-12
Old Tucsonhttp://oldtucson.com/ $16.95 12 and over, $10.95 4 – 11 Come experience what life was really like in the Old West.
Pima Air & Space Museumhttp://www.pimaair.org/  $15.50 for adults, $9 kids over 6 For those in to planes.  This place is huge.  (Also called the boneyard)
Spring Training – Sadly, there are no games for spring training this year at the Diamondback Stadium but this is one of the highlights every spring in town if you ever come back.  Just for that reason, it’s worth mentioning it.

Outdoor Retail Activities

*4th Ave Street Fair – http://www.fourthavenue.org/fairs/general-information/ Dates are Mar 21-23 this year for those who arrive early. This is a blast and has all sorts of street vendors. It’s the “Big event of the year” in Tucson.
There are always things going on – http://www.visittucson.org/events/calendar/

Indoor Entertainment/Restaurants

*Downtown Children’s Museumhttp://www.childrensmuseumtucson.org/ $8 for over 12 months (second Saturday of the month is $2)  This is a fun one. It’s not huge but they change out the exhibits and my kids will spend hours there.
*Gaslight Theatrehttp://thegaslighttheatre.com/ $18.50 for adults, $16.50 students, $8.50 12 and under RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY  This is a super fun dinner and a show in a “old style theater” Beach Blanket Bee Bop runs Apr – June  Dinner is an extra cost and their Pizza is a favorite.
*Chaco’s Caféhttps://www.facebook.com/ChacosCafe  This is my favorite mom & pop mexican place in the country! Seriously, get the carne asada and the salsa bar! You would never find it if you didn’t know about it.  A little hole in the wall but AMAZING! This and El Charro are downtown near the Children’s Museum so would be a good “museum and meal” day.
*Eegee’shttp://www.eegees.com/ Frozen ices and subs. (Kind of like Subway but the frozen ices are the real reason we go) My kids beg to go here every time we are in town for the frozen ices.  There are multiple locations in town.  And, yes, the ices are such a family pleasure, I actually ranked a Subway-type place, as a must go to.. Crazy!

Trail Dust Town & Pinnacle Peak’shttp://www.traildusttown.com/ city block made to look like a historic town. Free to walk around.  Recommend eating at Pinnacle Peak’s steak house and having someone in the group wear a tie you are okay with losing. Can see dinner prices on the website.  This is a typical steak house with the added entertainment of a “no ties allowed” event if you wear one.  This is one that is always recommended as a Tucson original.  As an added bonus, the steaks are pretty good.
La Parrilla Suizahttp://laparrillasuiza.com/about.html  One of the best Mexican restaurant’s in town. They are a chain but their food is “mom and pop” quality.
El Charrohttp://www.elcharrocafe.com/ downtown if you are at the Children’s Museum
El Paradorhttp://www.elparadortucson.com/  Another “Can’t miss” mexican restaurant in town

In town but a little farther away

Colossal Caveshttp://www.colossalcave.com/welcome.html $13 for adults, $6.50 for 5-12  This one is on the outskirts of town and is a great local cave option.  If you can carve out the time, I’d recommend Kartchner Caverns over this one.
*Seven Falls –  http://arizona.sierraclub.org/trail_guide/hike8.htm  Part of the Sabino Canyon trail system but this is one everyone should see once. Longer hike. It’s almost 8 miles round trip but has pools at the halfway point to cool off and relax.
Sabino Canyonhttp://www.sabinocanyon.com/  Ranges from free to fee Has both narrated tram tours and non-narrated walking trails.  Seven Falls is one of the trailheads in Sabino Canyon, but it’s such a great one I listed it separately.

Out of Town but worth the drive if you are passionate about the type of activity

Mt. Lemmonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Lemmon, http://www.skithelemmon.com/page2.html  About an hour up the mountain, some interesting things to see and do.  Amazing fudge store at top! (Because chocolate is how we judge everything)
*BioSpherehttp://b2science.org/   $20 for adults, $13 for students 6 – 12 Self contained environment originally used as a lab for sustaining life on another planet.
Tombstonehttp://www.cityoftombstone.com/ A little bit farther away but for history buffs this is a fun experience.
*Kartchner Cavernshttp://azstateparks.com/parks/kaca/ $23 14+, $13 7-13  RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY This cave sells out on a regular basis.  This cave was preserved using the latest tech at the time and is amazing.  We’ve toured a lot of caves and this is still one of our favorites.
Kitt Peak Observatoryhttp://www.pimaair.org/ $15.50 adults, $9 kids If you are up for the drive, their night time tour is the one to go to and is amazing. I’d recommend for older kids really into astrology because of the distance and the late night needed.  RESERVE YOUR TICKETS EARLY

 

Prices subject to change, Please check local venues for current prices and times.

Meet the Roadschool Moms at FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention

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The Roadschool Moms will be broadcasting live from the FPEA Homeschool Convention this Memorial Day Weekend.

If you’re planning on hitting the convention, then be sure to stop by the broadcasting booth and meet Kimberly Travaglino and Mary Beth Goff, The Roadtrip Teacher.  When they’re not in the booth, you can be sure they’ll be checking out all the latest homeschool curriculum offerings and keeping an eye out for what will fit into your Roadschool!

Rsm_2016The show will air, Sunday Night, May 29th at 9pm est.  You can catch Roadschool Moms Live from wherever in the world you are, every Sunday night at 9pm EST, or check out the replays on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/road-school-moms/id854587085?mt=2 

Roadschool Moms Mini Podcasts Share Tips and Advice for Full-Time RVing Families

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Just in time for the holiday season, the Roadschool Moms roll out their mini series to help full-time RVing families make cherished holiday memories.

You can listen to the following shows on their network, The Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network,

Top Ten Gifts for Full-Time RVIng Families

Roadschooling Through the Holidays, Resources for your Lesson Planning

Decorating Your RV for the Holidays

The shows are also available via iTunes at:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/road-school-moms/id854587085?mt=2

 

<a href=”http://roadschoolmoms.com/” target=”_blank”>Roadschool Moms</a> is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of <a href=”http://ww.fulltimefamilies.com/” target=”_blank”>Fulltime Families</a>, and Mary Beth Goff, the <a href=”http://roadtripteacher.com/” target=”_blank”>Road Trip Teacher</a>, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.

Time 4 Learning; The Go Any Where Homeschool Curriculum

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The idea of being responsible for your children’s education can be daunting.  When we hit the road in 2010, I was so nervous and scared that I would ruin my kid’s education and as a result, made quite a mess of things.  I share those experiences, that fear, the learning curve, every Sunday night on Roadschool Moms Live Podcast, but in this post, I want to tell you what has worked best for my four roadschoolers.

 

Over the last five years, we’ve adopted an “eclectic” approach to our homeschool.  Creating our own curriculum from recommended workbooks, researching on the web, and incorporating hands on lessons as much as possible.

While this method has mostly worked for us, I wondered if I was leaving holes in my education approach.  That’s when we “went back to” Time4Learning, online curriculum.  When we first launched, we subscribed to Time4Learning for our, at the time, 3 students.  Back then, wifi coverage was spotty at best and it made an online curriculum very hard to maintain.

However, coverage has come a long way and with the introduction of an Unlimited Verizon Wifi Plan, we were able to reintroduce Time4Learning as the foundation of our Roadschooling efforts.

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We love that this comprehensive curriculum (from K – 12) provides my roadschoolers with grade level learning opportunities.  We also love that it’s “pack and go”.  All you need is a laptop and wifi and you’re ready to learn.  That means you can roadschool at:

  • coffee shop
  • in the park
  • at your picnic table
  • in the club house
  • driving down the road
  • anywhere you like!

Try it for yourself

Recently, Fulltime Families partnered with Time4Learning to provide FtF Members a a totally free, full access two week trial to the system.  For your exclusive promo code, and details on how to take advantage of this offer, visit the Members’ Benefits section of this website.

Deschooling – RELAX NEW HOMESCHOOL MOM, IT’S ALL GOING TO BE OK!

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Editor’s Note:  I really wish I had read this when I started homeschooling / roadschooling.  As a brand new homeschool mom, my ego was firmly intertwined with my kids’ educational progress and I sure did make a mess of things.  But thankfully kids are resilient and they got me back on track soon enough.

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Guest Post by Nance Confer of Florida Unschoolers

First, relax. You, Mom and Dad, relax. The kids will be fine while you take a breath. And another.

One thing you have done by deciding to homeschool/unschool is to give your family the luxury of time. Enjoy it! You do not have to follow the local school schedule, you do not have to get to school on time, you can linger, you can dawdle, you can hang out.

While the kids are having a great time playing, you can use the next weeks and months to familiarize yourselves with the different approaches to homeschooling. On one end of the spectrum is unschooling. The other end is a boxed curriculum/school-at-home approach. And there are many choices and combinations in between.

Take a fun trip to the library, to the children’s section, and find the parenting shelf. There will be a few books on homeschooling. (While you are there, get your child his own library card and let him use it. Really. It’s OK. 🙂 )

Take yourself to the bookstore. They will have a whole section on homeschooling. Read about different ways to unschool/homeschool online.

Most of these sources will tell you about one approach to homeschooling/unschooling, that it is great and you should do it their way! And many want to sell you curriculum and materials to help you do it their way.

But don’t rush out and buy a whole curriculum or a whole lot of anything right away. Ease into interests and approaches and dabble before taking the plunge. Find your own way!

“But what am I missing?”

Nothing. You’re not missing a thing. Homeschooling/unschooling is not brain surgery. There’s no secret code. There’s no magical, precise list of things your child needs to learn, in a certain order, at a certain age, in a certain way, to be educated.

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Start with the things your child likes to do. Do those things.

Provide a rich (not expensive) environment, full of books and computers and art supplies and TVs and blocks and Legos and board games and puzzles and video games and . . . you get the idea. Prepare to have a more cluttered house. A more active house. A noisier house. The house can be perfect and neat and quiet when the kids are grown.

Follow up on things. If the stars are interesting, get a telescope and camp out to watch the stars and look at videos online and check out books from the library. Provide the tools you can to follow up on an interest.

Get out. Florida is full of great outdoor activities. People come here just to do these things! 🙂 Visit the state park, hike the nature trail, go the the oceanographic center, the zoo, the art museum, the science museum. Go to the beach. Walk and run and dig and explore and take your time.

Don’t turn every activity into a lecture. Enjoy the interest, or at least get out of the way while your child enjoys it, but don’t lecture. Talk. Like a regular person talking to another person about something interesting.

Go online and look at samples of curriculum or “educational” websites. Figure out if any of them are providing anything you need in addition to time and a library card and the Internet and your own good sense.

For a sanity check, visit the World Book Encyclopedia Typical Course of Study page — http://www.worldbook.com/content-gateway/typical-course-of-study Not to memorize it and follow it to the letter but to realize that you already know that Kindergarten-aged children can learn how to take care of pets and celebrate the 4th of July, 3rd-grade-aged-children can read a lot and learn about multiplication and division, and that 12th-grade-aged children are specializing and may or may not be headed to college.

Realize that all of this is very general, not specific to your child who is reading at 4 or doesn’t start reading independently until 10, who loves math and hates poetry, who loves to draw and won’t look at a math puzzle, who needs quiet time to read or who bounces around building and creating. Stop thinking of your child as being in a particular grade. Stop comparing him to public school children. Ease into knowing the actual child in the room and do what comes next for him instead of wondering what would come next in public school.

Plan ahead. If your child wants to play football at the public high school, find out how that’s going to work. If online classes appeal to your child, visit FLVS (www.flvs.net) and see how the Part-Time program works, what classes are available. Then compare that to other choices online. Try one. See how it goes. If your child is headed to college, research the options and what is needed for that journey. Yes, it can be done but it takes some research. It takes finding out what the requirements are and meeting those requirements.

“But I’m wasting all this time!”

No, it’s not wasted. The kids are having fun and you are all becoming more confident in your family’s homeschooling/unschooling choices. You are deschooling.

Deschooling, the process of getting used to being home and in charge of your own day instead of being on the school’s schedule, includes your family making decisions about which activities you like and which you want to skip. It includes your child taking ownership of what goes into his brain and recognizing that he can learn the skills needed to pursue an answer. You can present or strew, arrange and transport, schedule and assess, while he is learning that he can speak up and express an idea, that he will be heard, that this is a tailor-made experience, designed for him. All of that takes as long as it takes — maybe months.

Then one day you will all look up and realize you are just going about your day without worrying if something “counts”. Deschooling done!

Along the way, you will notice how much time you can spend on an idea and how that compares to the time allotted to schooled children.

You will notice how much better everyone feels when they get a good night’s sleep and live on their own sleep schedule.

You will notice how information “sticks” so much better when your child is actually interested, and participates in his own learning, as he acquires the tools to learn more on his own when he has a question or an interest.

You might find other homeschoolers/unschoolers in your area. You will click with some and not others and get to choose who you want to socialize with. You will learn that socializing is not restricted to homeschooling/unschooling groups, that getting interested in an activity out in the world also means socializing with other people — whether it’s a sport or classes at the art museum or volunteering, you meet other people and get to know them as you please.

You can also learn to be at home and to be quiet and rested. Your family does not need to look busy all the time, running here and there or constantly working at something that looks like school. You will learn to appreciate downtime. To understand how much better you and your child learn about any number of things when you have a chance to digest the information, to mull, to forget and refresh, to get off the treadmill.

Homeschooling/unschooling is a lovely way to live. It takes some getting used to and some adjustments all around but it is worth it.

Now what? How about a good book by the pool? 🙂

This Week on Roadschool Moms

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Join us live, on the air, every Sunday night 9pm eastern time at www.roadschoolmoms.com where Mary Beth Goff, the Roadtrip Teacher, and Kimberly Travaglino co-founder of Fulltime Families, discuss timely topics to help you make the most of your Roadschooling Adventure.

Listen on Demand Now to: Camping for Free

Would you know how to be self-contained?  Did you know your RV is built for boondocking?  Do you know the difference between dry camping and boondocking?  Would you know where to park or how to start an off grid adventure?

In this broadcast, Mary Beth and Kimberly are joined by author and creator of Boondockers Welcome, Marianne Edwards.

Click play and learn how you can unplug your roadschool!

Subscribe to our Podcast on iTunes and listen when it works for you!

Post a review and email Mary Beth Goff for your choice of Road Trip Teacher Learning Guide from the

A Review of Tucson Attractions

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Before and after the World’s Best Roadschool Convention, Rally Coordinator, Jill Denkins organized a bunch of field trips and secured the homeschool /group rate for all of them. Other Roadschool Moms also pitched in to organize learning opportunities for the kids!

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Here’s a list of just some of the Roadschool Field Trips we took during our time in Tucson. Click the links to see the full reviews.

Photo Credit Jill Denkins

Old Tucson Studios

Photo Credit Jill Denkins

Sonoran Desert Museum

Photo Credit Jill Denkins

Pima Air and Space Museum

 

Photo Credit Bunny Arnold

The Time Machine Miniature Museum

 

Photo Credit Bunny Arnold

Peter Piper Pizza School

Thunderbirds Air Show (Photo Credit David Gardner)

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Thank you Tucson for serving as the host city of our first World’s Best Roadschool Convention! #roadschoolrocks in Tucson!

 

A Trip Back in Time at Old Tucson Studios

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Right before the World’s Best Roadschool Convention kicked off, early birds checked out Old Tucson Studios. This recreation of early Tucson circa 1850s has served as the backdrop for hundreds of western films and television shows including Young Guns, 3:10 to Yuma and The Three Amigos.

 

We loved checking out the gun shoot out, the can can review and the Hollywood stunt show.

 

We rode the train and carousel countless times and were even able to squeeze in some gold panning ( the only thing with a separate charge).

 

Some kids toured the haunted mine, while others checked out the adobe school house and yet others “kissed the moose”.

 

Old Tucson is a ton of fun, blended with dozens of learning opportunities, the perfect mix for your road schooling family. If you have the opportunity, definitely put it on your Tucson itinerary.

Want to check out the other Tucson attractions we toured? Click here!

 

Roadschool Convention Schedule Released

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The preliminary schedule of events has been released for the World’s Best Roadschool Convention, set to kick off in three weeks, in Tucson, AZ.

Do you have your tickets yet?  You can get them by clicking here!

Mark your calendar for the groundbreaking World’s Best Roadschool Convention being held at the LazyDays KOA Campground in Tucson, Arizona on April 10th through 12th, 2014. The Rootin’ Tootin’ Roadschool Rally will take place at the same time and place during the evening hours of the event. Go West, young man, Go West!

Download the complete schedule:  2014 World’s Best Roadschool Convention Schedule

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Do you have your tickets yet?  You can get them by clicking here!

 

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