Have you been thinking about homeschooling in an RV? What’s stopping you? Maybe your friends and family think you are crazy. Or perhaps you’re just not sure how to get started. Whatever it is that is stopping you; I’m going to share some encouraging words to help you get on the road with your kids!
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Homeschooling in an RV Gets Kids out of School!!
For me, getting the kids out of school is one of the best reasons to RV full-time with them. Not only can you avoid the stress associated with school violence (bullying and shooter drill scenarios), but it’s a lot easier to build a close relationship with your kids if you are with them all the time. I’m not saying taking them out of school will keep them 100% safe or that having them “home” will be perfect. However, not having to worry about buying your child a bullet-proof backpack and being able to hug your kids every time you bump into them in your RV makes life extraordinary.
Kids that Full-Time RV are Awesome
Since your kids are with you and get to hang out with people of different backgrounds and ages, they tend to be super awesome. Again, I’m not saying kids in school aren’t awesome, but RV kids tend to understand differences in people and their lives. They embrace diversity and aren’t stuck on only socializing or spending time with people of the same age. They are more likely to gravitate towards folks with similar interests, regardless of age, socio-economic status, race, or gender.
Homeschooling in an RV Leads to Real Life Learning
Of course, you can do this when you are living a more traditional life, but RVing kids have the advantage of seeing new things more often and meeting new people. Their surroundings frequently change, which means excited kids are ready to explore and learn everything around them. Maybe your kids aren’t into history, but take them to historic downtown districts, our US capitol, or civil war battlefields and watch them absorb knowledge in a fun way. Learning takes on a new form. Books are great, but being there, seeing it, smelling it, touching it, sharing it with your loved ones takes on a life of its own. Your kids learn without even knowing it.
Homeschooling in an RV Means Close Siblings
Whether your kids are young or teens, relationships grow and change when you throw everyone in an RV together. Sure, your kids will fight, they are still siblings, but they will get closer. Our kids have been RVing since 2015, and they are best friends. They say this often, and they are happy to have one another. Not only are they very close, but they have made and maintained lots of new RVer friendships. Siblings that travel together have the opportunity to have a lot more shared memories and special moments. They also have a lot of opportunities to learn from one another in a way that other siblings don’t get to.
An Only Child RVing Full-Time Won’t Be Weird
If you RV with your only child, don’t be afraid!! Yes, your child will spend a lot of time with you, but RVing will allow your child the opportunity to meet a lot of other kids. Not only can you meet with other school-aged kids at the usual places (playgrounds, libraries, homeschool classes), but you now have access to RVing events, especially for families. That’s right!! You can meet with other families on the road and learn together, have fun, and do so many other activities. Check out Fulltime Families to find out how you can help your child make new friends!!
Your RVing School-Aged Kids Will Prove Them Wrong
Now, I will always encourage folks to not pay attention to what others think, but… Once you have been on the road with your kids for a bit, you will start to see them change and grow. Your kids will probably still be sharing everything they know about Minecraft and their favorite songs, but they will also talk about:
- wildlife they saw at the Grand Canyon
- the food in Chinatown
- the best museum on the West Coast
- what they thought of the petrified forest
- how tired they were after hiking at the Great Sand Dunes
When they share their travels with grandparents and other doubters, they will start rethinking their opinions. They may still not understand “socialization” on the road or understand how the kids learn math without a “teacher,” but it will cause a slight change in them anyway.
Homeschooling in an RV is More Common Than you Think!
I’m all about being an individual and not doing what everyone else is doing, but it’s always good to know that you are not alone. When it comes to homeschooling in an RV, you will find yourself in good company. Now more than ever, you can easily find other families that are Roadschooling and traveling across the country. This means that your kids will find lots of friends that they can relate to and that you will have a lot of support. It’s an excellent time to hit the road with your school-aged kids!! If you are looking for other RVing families to connect with, join Fulltime Families for events (online and in-person), support, coaching, and so much more!!
I hope this helps encourage you to start homeschooling in your RV. For us, this life has been one grand adventure. We have made so many memories and friends on the road. Our kids have learned so much. The kids are more confident and accepting. Don’t be afraid to give it a try.
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