Homeschooling While Traveling
How did that happen, again?
2019- early 2020, I was excited to start writing, again.
Then, the pandemic.
Then, we started traveling, full-time, and homeschooling.
And writing. . . well, that went on the back burner.
And, these past 3 years. . . They’ve been hard, but they have given me SO much!
I’ m excited to start unpacking all of that. To share our journey. To help others.
Resolutions. New Year, New Me. All of that seems heavy to me, this year. I want nothing to do with it.
What are you
But, I do know what I’m looking forward to: continuing our homeschool journey, more trips, enjoying life, sunsets, warm weather, being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and so much more!
What are you looking forward to?
Today, progress looks like my kids playing bookstore!
They set up stations: a bookstore and a restaurants.
Now, they are taking turns visiting each establishment.
Free/pretend play is so important for kids to explore their creativity. To explore social interactions. To understand the world around them.
Last week, we started limiting technology time.
Since the pandemic began, we’ve been in transition after transition both physically (which is to be expected when you travel full-time), and in regards to finding employment opportunities that help us live this lifestyle. During this time, we have relied a little more on technology than we would have normally.
Sometimes, we have periods of more technology than other times. I’m learning to accept that’s ok! However, it’s important to notice when technology is interrupting healthy day-to-day functioning!
So, when the kids were throwing fits and having meltdowns, we knew it was time to adjust our schedule, and re-focus them on how to handle situations.
Today is a small victory! Our house feels peaceful, once again- as my kids are exploring free/pretend play, while getting along, and treating each other with kindness!
Today, my kids were outside playing and found these eggs. We took a minute to do some research, and we *think* they are stink bug eggs. It’s these impromptu learning experiences learning about the world around them, that is everything.
After exiting teaching full time, shifting to part-time teaching, and entering the Network Marketing business…I was immersed in self-development.right.when.I.needed.it.
My heart was vulnerable. I was open to change. I dove in.
There are road blocks, every now and again…but you take the time to do the heart work, and move forward.
So, what did the process look like?
*Again, this is an area I have yet to fully develop, or set a solid foundation for. So, it’s a growth area.
* I went to (physically and virtually) all the trainings. I read all the books. I took all the notes.
*I prayed, read my bible. And the funny thing is, all the self-development crossed over with my stages I was walking with Jesus.
* Do the heart work.
* take all the notes (usually in the book)
* Now that I have to rely on making myself step up to the plate, my two ways of diving in to education and self-development: reading and listening to podcasts. Because that’s easiest at the moment.
Why do I invest in self-development, you might ask?
Easy. Growth. If I don’t have a growth mindset, I’ll be stuck right where I am. I don’t want to always be stuck right where I am. I always want to be moving forward. Every now and again, I get in a comfy spot…but it doesn’t usually last long…and when I start getting restless…I dive back in!
Why do I invest my time in education and what do I mean by education?
By education, I just mean that I take the time to read or find another way to learn about something I am passionate about.
My favorite college professor taught me what it means to be a lifelong learner. So, that love of learning has spilled over into my life after college. So, I’m trying to always learn about something:
-how to be a follower of Jesus
-what I want my role as a mom and wife to look like
-what kind of friend I want to be
-teaching and education
-health and wellness/ exercise and nutrition
-Psychology and Mental Health
So, I find books, podcasts and articles over these topics and learn what I can about them.
Again…just one thing at a time.
You kind of just naturally learn about the things you are currently interested in. If you don’t have an interest in something, today, that you did yesterday, put that book down. You’ll come back to it, and if you don’t that’s ok! Pick a book (or article, or documentary, or podcast…you get the picture) that you’re excited to learn about today.
Since we are no longer in the “survival mode” of homeschool, we are starting to add more activities in our day.
Lately, my girl has been loving painting.
This week, she painted an egg carton.
The next day, she used pinto beans to transfer from a bowl to the egg carton.
Both painting and this activity are great for fine motors skills.
She’s also learning how to sit still and focus on one activity for longer periods of time.
What are your family’s favorite rainy day activities?
Probably my favorite part of homeschool is seeing my son be creative with the manipulatives after a lesson. I love seeing my kids take something that is used for one purpose and creating a new purpose for it.
I’m often curious as to what this guy is thinking while he is creating. You could tell his little mind was busy and thinking, but it looked like he was just creating more piles.
And then, he was ready to clean and move on!
Since we learned about voting, this week, we practiced by voting on a Fun Friday Activity!!
We made ballots, Voter IDs, and set up our polling location.
We took the last couple of days to get caught up on Science.
Yesterday, we went on “A Leaf Hunt”.
It was such a fun activity.
I started off by asking the kids to “Find a leaf that_________.” I gave the clues as to what kind of leaf I wanted them to find. “Find something that sends nutrients through the tree.” It also helped them practice listening for descriptive words, and listening skills. After finding a few leaves this way, they wanted a turn. Each kid gave clues as to what types of leaf everyone else needed to look for.
We collected our findings in a “nature bag”.
It was pretty late in the day, so when we got back home we set them aside for today.
Each kid picked out a leaf, today, and they created a leaf rubbing art. We talked about the parts of a leaf. Then, they labeled the parts of a leaf.
They ended up using different things they collected to create and build.
They had a ton of fun, and this activity kept them busy for quite a while.
It’s important to note that not every day goes as planned. On day 3, just as we were getting ready to do our activity for Science, it started to rain. This is any outdoor activity, so, we had to put it on hold for a later date.
For both science and social studies, we continued to use Epic!, to read about fall and voting.
This week is our first week doing multiple contents with our new curriculum . So, the goal for science and social studies this week has been to have fun while learning. Since we are focused on getting caught up in Language Arts and Math, we also have been focused on getting into a rhythm and not putting too much on our plates for other contents.
We also reviewed by watching voting and fall videos on Brain Pop.
Day 4, we had planned a field trip to Dogwood Canyon. They currently have educational activities that fit right into our theme for science. Unfortunately, as we were pulling into the parking lot. . . I hear from the back of the truck “Mom, my stomach hurts.” I’ll spare you the details of what happened next, but let’s just say. . .we had to turn around and leave just as we arrived.
We got back home, and immediately I had to clean out the truck.
So, we ended up taking a day off from school, yesterday. It was much needed after the morning we had.
If you’re new to homeschool this year, and you’re feeling overwhelmed. . . Please remember to give yourself grace. Give your kids grace. It’s ok to take a day off here and there. You can catch up! Don’t stress. Find community and link arms with those who have gone before you!!
*Out of transparency, I do not get a paid commission if you click on the links above. I like to share resources I use. Both of the learning websites, I do pay monthly subscriptions to. And the field trip, when we reschedule, will be a paid field trip. There are a ton of resources out there, though and it’s easy to find free resources in your community!