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8 Great Destinations to Watch 4th of July Fireworks – Guest Post by The Road Trip Teacher

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Want to watch 4th of July Fireworks with your Fulltime Families Friends?  Save your spot for our upcoming Hang Out!
This month’s guest post from the Road Trip Teacher blog reveals some of the best places to watch fireworks in the country.  Head on over to her site to get a free copy of her newest Fourth of July Curriculum!
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The first Independence Day fireworks celebration reportedly took place in Philadelphia on July 4th, 1777, on the first anniversary of America’s birthday. Although this pyrotechnic pastime has became common for many other holidays and special events, there’s still something extra-special about July 4th fireworks. The Road Trip Teacher crew has these 8 great destinations on their leap list for places to celebrate the country’s independence.

 

Peek into the Life of a Full-Time RVing Family

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This Spring, the Traveling Travs have kicked off a new YouTube series, giving viewers a bird’s eye view of the life of a full-time RVing family and inviting YOU to peek into the real world of full-time family travel.

From school days, to working from the RV, amazing destinations and off grid locations, you can catch the videos live or watch the replays on a brand new play list here:

If you haven’t checked out the Trav’s camper, you can take a video tour here:

And if you’re looking for more information about awesome adventures on the road, check out their web series “One Epic Adventure” here:

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.

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*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.

5 Common Misconceptions about Full Time Traveling Families

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Sometimes it’s easier to tell people what full time traveling families are not, as opposed to what they are.  Here is a countdown of 5 most common misconceptions our stick and brick counterparts have about full time traveling families.  Please feel free to add yours to the comments section below.

#5. We are always on vacation

While it may look like a permanent vacation on our facebook wall, the truth is that posting pics of laundry day, sitting at a computer for hours, and doing homework is not that interesting.  Don’t believe me?  Check out your own wall and tell me its a representative of your daily life.

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#4. Our kids are unsocialized and have no friends

Always a hot button issue, this is actually a non-issue on the road.  Our kids play with kids and adults alike on a daily basis.  Whether field tripping with friends, pot lucking with people or just hanging out, our kids are well socialized.

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#3. We are in desperate need of a hot shower, a warm meal and a comfy bed

While people might assume we have left our creature comforts behind when we moved into 350 sq feet, nothing could be further from the truth.  A great many of us have beds we love to sleep in, satellite television (we have 4 in our rig), small but fully functioning kitchens, and some of us even have not 1 but 2 bathrooms!

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#2. We won the lottery, live off trust funds, or mooch off the government

The majority of full time traveling families have not experienced some wind fall and life changing economic situation.  They have made their dream a reality through perseverance, creativity, and a ‘can do’ attitude.  There are as many ways to make money on the road as their are families living their dream.  Want to explore some of the ways full time traveling families support themselves on the road?  We’ve listed them in “How to Hit the Road; Making Your Family’s Full Time RV Dreams a Reality“.

And the Number 1 Misconception about families who travel full time…

We live in our camper because we don’t have a choice!

If nothing else, your life is a series of choices, decisions, outcomes and consequences. Families who full time rv, have made the choice to reject the contrived “American Dream” in favor of a more authentic, simple life that places the focus on building family bonds.   You don’t have to live in an RV to accomplish this, but by putting your house on wheels, you are giving your family an opportunity to experiences the riches of this amazing country.

Still don’t believe it’s a choice?  Check out this video and let me know what your misconceptions are about full time rving families.

 

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 Latest Episode: You are More than Enough

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Society tells each of us that we are not enough.  We aren’t thin enough, we aren’t pretty enough, we aren’t smart enough, we aren’t sexy enough, we aren’t good enough and we just want to share with you, that no matter where in the world you are tonight, physically and emotionally – that you are actually MORE than enough!

1st Peter 3:3-4 says “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”

You can put lipstick and earrings on a pig but inwardly they’re still a pig so Peter writes that “the hidden person of the heart” is precious to God and the “imperishable beauty of a gentle and quite spirit” to God is “very precious” and that’s all that matters eternally.

You reading this post, You are beautiful, You are smart, You are perfect in every way. Don’t let society, friends, family, anyone tell you otherwise.  You are more than enough.  Listen in and take these words to heart.  Let them sink in deeply and change you.  http://ultimateradioshow.com/encouragement-for-all-women-you-are-more-than-enough/

Join the Roadschool Moms every Sunday night at 9pm est from “Wherever in the World You Are!”

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.

Roadschool Moms Hosting 2nd Annual Gifts Galore Holiday Extravaganza

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gift-8Join the Roadschool Moms, Kimberly Travaglino and Mary Beth Goff as they host the 2nd Annual Gifts Galore Holiday Extravaganza!

All Roadschool Moms are cordially invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind, live on the air, gift exchange.

To get on the guest list, simply complete this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RoG-vKi-cOI_FRkIRdsp9jEVxFPJtLcxpNdVHpc_JEc/viewform

and include what gift (min value $25) you pledge to send to another Roadschool Mom.

Then on Sunday, November 22nd, 2016 at 9pm est, join KT and MB via a live On the Air Google Hangout to watch as names are drawn and gifts are exchanged across the miles!

Want to hear what happened last year?  Just click replay right here!

Want to promote your business?  This is a great way to do it because each week, leading up to the Gift Exchange, the Roadschool Moms will be giving shout outs to all participating ladies!

And remember to tune into the Roadschool Moms, every Sunday night at 9pm EST from where ever in the world you are!

 

 

Ever Wonder WHY You have So Much Clutter?

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You purge, you downsize, you weed out.  But every time you turn around, there’s another pile of stuff on your dresser, on your table, seeping out of your junk drawer.  Clutter is everywhere!

Did you know there’s a reason you’re not making any headway against your clutter?  Sure, you might be able to temporarily have an impact, but slowly the clutter creeps back into your life.  Have you wondered why that is?

buried blissI did, so I researched it extensively and found that once I addressed by clutter collecting triggers, I could really get to the bottom of things (and piles).

You know what else I learned, that all that stuff was really making me miserable!   and I bet it’s making you miserable too!

On my quest for clean surfaces, I discovered the 7 Simple Steps to Finding True Happiness by Losing it All and compiled them in one easy to read e-book so you could share the same success and peace of mind.

Now it’s your turn.  Ask yourself if your un-cluttering efforts have worked for you (or maybe just take a quick peek around your home) and if you find the answer is ‘no’ then do yourself a favor and get “Buried Bliss; 7 Simple Steps to Finding True Happiness by Losing it All” .

This time tomorrow, you could finally be on your way to a clutter free lifestyle!

P.S. If you’re finding yourself stuck on what to keep and what to toss, tune into Roadschool Moms this Sunday night at 9pm est, when Mary Beth and I share with you what you really need and what you can re-home.

 

 

 

 

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? 🙂

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