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Roadschooling Resouces for on the go families

Many Families who travel full time or RV fulltime place education high on the list of priorities. It is in fact one of the main reasons many families choose to travel by RV, boat or just backpacking for a few months.

Homeschooling on the Road - Is it Legal?

Why Texas

If you have never had your children enrolled in a public school in Texas, then you don't have to do anything for homeschooling here - no notice letters, record keeping, or testing required - there is no state income tax, either.

Although homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, the requirements may vary considerably from state to state. The best advice for traveling homeschoolers is to follow the homeschooling laws in the state in which they are legally domiciled, regardless of where they travel - unless they will be living in one state for 3 or more months, in which case they ought to follow the laws of that state.

Homeschooling requirements should be a factor that fulltiming families consider when choosing a home base state. Some states, such as Texas, have minimal requirements, while others may require supervised testing, record-keeping, etc. Parents can obtain information about these requirements by contacting the state Department of Education. Often, a homeschooling group in that state will have helpful information as well.

"I've had people tell me he won't get a good education, but he made a comment to me that now he understands the words "purple mountains majesty". He sees it every morning. He's hiked through the swamps of the Everglades and the desert southwest. So far we've been through 3 different deserts since November. He's seeing national parks, historical sites, and regional differences in culture. How are THEIR kids gonna get THAT education?"

~Vickie Swindling (FOTR since 2006)

Roadschooling Defined

Roadschooling, Roadschool, Roadschooled is a homeschool educational alternative to public school and involves the education of children using the resources of a country or state as a database of information for teaching. This method of schooling is generally done by a parent, usually while traveling full-time, and provides a hands-on, personal experience for learning. Roadschooling is subject to the same regulations that homeschool families face, and vary from state to state. Parents must register their children in their "home state" and must meet the regulations that their state requires.

Roadschooling differs from homeschooling in that it requires more flexibility by nature. You can plan but be prepared to drop everything for that once in a life time experience that presents itself where you least expect it. When you are traveling these unique opportunities tend to pop up quite often.

Rather than scheduling lessons, plan on taking advantage of your environment.

For example:

  • When you are at a bookstore plan on spending your time researching, try a few problems from some math books (bring paper), read some fact books, read together, do travel research, grab the latest history book, read biographies, find out how to . . . or play chess.
  • Time to do laundry at the laundromat? Then it is time to juggle (literally) or plug in the computers and tackle a writing assignment.
  • At the campground? Study nature, take a hike, rent a boat, get out the bicycles, go to the playground, find other kids to play with, do a science experiment, hang up the hammock and read.
  • Use drive time to take advantage of your captive audience. Listen to books on tape, practice math problems, tell stories about what you see, learn to use a GPS and map on the fly, plug the laptop or sewing machine into to the inverter and get some work done.


Homeschooling Resources

"Besides math, our curriculum IS our travels."

~Rosie Ferguson (FOTR since 8/2007)

Florida Umbrella Schools - Homeschooling in Florida? Find Florida resources here.

Florida UnschoolersFlorida Unschoolers Florida Unschoolers is a private umbrella school for unschoolers and other homeschoolers in Florida. Florida Unschoolers (#3463) is listed at the Florida Department of Education website in the Directory of Private Schools, under Martin County.

a2zhomescoola2zhomescool A to Z Home's Cool homeschooling community website will help you homeschool your kids from preschool, kindergarten, up to and through high school with free online education, lesson ideas, educational websites, helpful articles, top programs, books, materials, curriculum... and best of all... Home School Friends.

Web sites that provide a collections of educational links, lesson plans and more:

Correspondence Schools

Abeka Books - (Christian Perspective) Abeka is another well-established homeschool curriculum that has worked well for other traveling families. They have video courses as well.

Alpha Omega - offers a full curriculum for preschool through high school (in CD-ROM and traditional formats). Advisory teachers and accreditation are offered as well.

American Academy is an accredited, online high school that helps students worldwide to supplement or complete their high school program. The American Academy offers a flexible educational experience along with a high quality, engaging curriculum that aligns with state standards.

Calvert School - A correspondence school that is accredited, provides a complete step-by-step curriculum, and offers advisory teachers, testing, grading, and transcripts. Calvert has been around since 1897. They cater to traveling families - some of their students live in RVs and boats.

Clonlara School - Clonlara offers the support of a private school to homeschoolers of all grade levels, as well as an online high school. They cater to families who desire flexibility and want to design their own curriculum.

Keystone National High School- Nationally accredited high school courses.

KHAN ACADEMY - an online homeschooling program that is providing free cirriculum for on the go learners.

Oak Meadows - A complete, creative, and well-rounded curriculum designed for homeschooling families.

"We loved the artistic nature based aspects of this Waldorf inspired curriculum. The teacher support was insightful, flexible and able to accommodate the very different learning styles and academic abilities of both of our children. They view the curriculum as a starting point or "jumping off" point as our teacher put it, so support the parent in adapting and changing the activities and schedules to suite your child's needs and interests. Our teacher was very willing to take all of our experiences traveling and apply them to the curriculum, so that during times of little or no book work, our travels and adventures were valued and documented as educational activities that were recorded in their school records. There is paperwork to be kept, but it really just amounts to keeping a diary of your weekly activities. Although we have taken a different educational path, we truly enjoyed our time with Oak Meadow." ~Lisa Browski

Switched-On Schoolhouse - by Alpha Omega Publications, Switched-On Schoolhouse is a comprehensive, Christian homeschool curriculum that offers computer-based learning for grades 3-12. With animation, video clips, and other fascinating multimedia, Switched-On Schoolhouse is the perfect Christian homeschool curriculum for today's generation. With this flexible, best-selling curriculum, you can customize student learning to fit individual educational based (Switched on School reviewed)

WiloStar3D School - a unique interactive online homeschooling program that is pioneering the use of  3D virtual worlds for K- 12 education.

Free Online Courses for older students

Guide to Earning College Credit in High School - The high cost of college tuition and housing can be prohibitive for many families, but savvy teenagers can take advantage of several programs to earn college credits while still in high school.

MIT Open Course - Free College level courses from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

AP Courses online -Free Advance Placement (AP) courses for high school students

Online Universities - Review colleges nationwide including available scholarships.

Open Yale Courses - free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University

Free practice tests (SAT, ACT, LSAT, etc.) as well as free articles and tips on test preparation and taking.

Top 40 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills - from Marc and Angel Hack Life

"The more we can expose our children to, the more they'll learn, and the better off they will be. Regardless if they were ever taught anything or not. "

~Vicki (FOTR since 1999)

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