Traveling has become the new norm. Today, not just youngsters but families too are going on long road trips and excursions. They call it ‘Edventures’, long trips where children learn on the road. Homeschooling while traveling, or roadschooling, is now considered as an attraction rather than a consequence.
Roadschooling, or homeschooling while traveling involves educating children with the help of resources of a country or state as the information database. It has become a popular alternative to public schooling. Though this type of schooling is undertaken by parents while traveling full-time, it is a more hands-on approach. Today, there are proper regulations and services to help parents school their children on the road.
Roadschooling or worldschooling is not as simple as it sounds. Parents take a lot of pains to ensure their children are gaining from the travels in a positive way. They do their research, download appropriate materials and then religiously spend a good chunk of time everyday teaching the kids while traveling. Though it does sound like a lot of work, these reasons make it worthwhile.
Roadschooling involves traveling and homeschooling which can be considered as the two greatest freedoms for families that have kids. It is also about learning in total freedom. Families might use the state’s resources and curriculum as a guideline to base their schooling on, but they do not get bogged down with textbooks, online tutorials or the typical home-works. Families are also free to travel and experience life. Children are also free to read more or take up hobbies unique to that place (like surfing or karate) since they don’t have to sit in a classroom for the better half of the day.
Diversity of experience
Children learn and gain more knowledge by traveling and visiting new places than they do in the school. Their interactions with people and places on the road teach them more than any textbook ever could. Experiencing diversity enhances their self-confidence, social skills, ability to empathize and resourcefulness. Different cultures also offer different values, languages and customs to be discovered and appreciated. It’s an ideal way to see the universal commonalities of the human experience and learn to respect the differences.
Though you can plan your trip in advance, there is also a chance that you would need to drop everything to attend a life-time experience that presents itself without any notification. These unique opportunities do tend to occur often when you are on the road and experiencing them is an integral part of roadschooling. It is education that fits around your life rather than fitting your life around it.
Environment based learning
While on the road, children learn from their environment. At a campground, they can study nature, take hikes, learn basic life skills in the open etc. At an historical site they can read all about the facts and then experience it rather than simple visualizing it. It prepares the children to learn from whatever resource is available to them and not get stuck with just textbooks and set assignments. Also, given the flexibility, parents can always take their kids to specific environments to teach them about it. For instance, take them to an art gallery to teach them about art, or a music concert to learn more about music. It is how natural learning takes place.
The best part about homeschooling while traveling is the amount of time you get to spend with each other outside the confines of traditionally drawn boundaries. Without the distractions of electronics or load of conventional lessons, children do tend to develop a better perspective towards life.
Roadschooling might not be for everyone but it is surely catching up with families that tend to have more liberal views and want to spend more time with each other in a constructive way. Parents also opt for roadschooling because they would like to equip their children with the tools they need to make choices in life rather than a set of equations and facts. These personal experiences help in shaping young minds much better.
Would you ever consider road/worldschooling? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below:)
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