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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


Christmas Science Labs from The Science Penguin

Christmas Nature Study from Our Journey Westward

Tie-Dyed Christmas Ornaments from Happy Hooligans


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


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

*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.

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.

Books Come to Life for Roadschoolers: Guest Post by Scout Williams

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“It’s so great that you can learn about things by seeing them, experiencing them, rather than just reading about them in a book like the kids that go to school have to.” This is a comment I hear often when I tell people we “roadschool” our kids.   Recently, I noticed another FtF Family, The Williams, had pointed their RV toward adventure and were exploring the backdrop of Marguerite Henry’s 1947 Classic “Misty of Chincoteaque”.  Their youngest roadschooler, Scout, shares her experience with us below:


Because my family travels in an R.V. around the United States, I was able to visit Chincoteague, Virginia. I read a book, about a year ago, called “Misty of Chincoteague.” It was pretty cool to read, watch, and then experience “Misty of Chincoteague”

“Misty of Chincoteague” is about wild ponies who roam free on the island of Assateague. A boy and girl try and raise money to buy a pony named Phantom. The book tells of many adventures from the round-up, to the day of the auction surrounding pony penning week.

The town theater of Chincoteague offers a free veiwing of the movie “Misty of Chincoteague” during pony penning week. The movie helped me to visualize the island and the round-up of the ponies. The movie was good but they did not include all of what happened in the book.
I was so excited to be inches away from the wild Chincoteague ponies when they ran through the streets of Chincoteague. It was amazing to experience the auction of the horses. So many people gather for their chance to own one of the little ponies. Some ponies are purchased, named and then released back to Assateague. They try to maintain 150 wild ponies on the island.

I purchased a raffle ticket for the first horse to land on the shore of Chincoteague. I was so nervous to listen to the numbers being called out, but, unfortunately, I did not win a pony this time.

I hope, one day, I can visit Chincoteague again, and maybe win a wild pony to travel the United States with! Or maybe even settle down on Chincoteague Island with my very own wild pony!


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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.


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.



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? 🙂

Dealing with NaySayers and Negative Nelly’s

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Naysayers Show ButtonAnyone that has ever aspired to be anything less than traditional has been faced with discouragement in one form or another. If you live in an RV fulltime and homeschool your kids, chances are you have already traveled on Negativity Highway with friends and family members. In a world where many look to others for the measurement of success, it is easy to follow the dreams of another. Commonly, achievements of the modern American family are based on the size of a house, the level of participation in extracurricular activities, and estimated annual income as evidenced by beautiful pictures on social media accounts.

As a fulltime traveling roadschool mom, I have faced my fair share of naysayers. In the beginning, I was respectful and complacent. I listened to the many forms of less than encouraging words and looked away from the faces of disapproval. To be honest, sometimes I wondered why in the world I wasn’t satisfied with the rat race that everyone else seemed to be enjoying. For many months, I tried to paint the picture of my life so that others would see it in the same light. When I came across this quote from author, John Eliot, I was immediately inspired:

History shows us that the people who end up changing the world – the great political, social, scientific, technological, artistic, even sports revolutionaries – are always nuts, until they are right, and then they are geniuses.

From that day, I found these five ways to intentionally CRUSH the naysayers from my everyday life:

Consider the source. I take a close look at cynical conversation and quickly analyze if I want to be where that person is in his or her life. If the person I am talking to is not an expert or has experience in the subject, I discount the advice being given. I do not let someone steer me down the path of their own dreams or more importantly, away from their own fears. A short evaluation of the naysayer’s background will undoubtedly lead you in the opposite direction.

Remember your vision. Think about your dreams. Tackle your fears. The best way to do all of these things is to surround yourself with enablers. Instead of facing negativity, invest your time with positivity. How can you expect to do amazing things unless you have amazing dreams? Reflect on your past, concentrate on the present, and look to the future while always keeping the prize in focus.

Understand your position. You are the person who holds the key to your destiny. Decide who you want to be, not what you want to be. Lewis Carroll once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, then any road will get you there.” By developing a strong sense of who you are and the goals you have for yourself, following a clear path to success will come naturally.

Safeguard your aspirations by keeping your goals from the killjoy that is waiting to tear apart your ambitions. Naysayers are skeptical in nature and will do nothing more than inject negative energy into your otherwise positive existence. They will point out all the horror stories that may possibly occur while weighing you down with emotional baggage. Your dreams are precious, keep them safe and free from the suffocation of a wet blanket.

Have faith.When I intentionally activate my faith, I am reminded that I will persevere. I am aware of my fears but do not let them serve as a guide to where I go or will not go. Fear is only faith that something will not work out. Do not let the naysayers voice of gloom snuff out the spark that ignites the fire of your dreams. Energize yourself with faith and carry on!

There will be trials and tribulations in everyday life. Routinely, road blocks will require detours in the journey ahead. Being intentional in achieving your goals and crushing naysayers from your immediate future will put keep you moving in the right direction of your dreams.

To hear more about tuning out the naysayers in your life and how Mary Beth and Kimberly handled this issue themselves click here: http://ultimateradioshow.com/dealing-with-nay-sayers-and-negative-nellies/

This episode produced by Forge Fire Media.  The Roadschool Moms recommend Forge Fire Media for your audio needs.

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.

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.

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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!

Photo credit Meli Paul

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)

Biosphere 2

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!


Marci Livingston, The Thrifty Belle, Leading Home Made Beauty Essentials Workshop at the Roadschool Convention

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Roadschool Convention


Marci Livingston, The Thrifty Belle and author of Healthy You, Healthy Homewill be leading a ‘cooking class’ of sorts. Preregistered attendees will be creating sample sizes of Eye Make-Up Remover, Face Wash, Toner, Lotion, and Loose Powder/Bronzer using Marci’s all natural, chemical free, organic recipes and ingredients.

This workshop is limited to 48 total attendees and has a $5 per student material fee. By prepaying your materials fee, you are automatically preregistered for this workshop.

Get your convention tickets here:

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