That means, we are no longer traveling full-time. However, we still full-time in our RV.
As I’ve gone back to work, I’ve taken the opportunity these past few months, to reflect on what our time traveling has given us.
Traveling Has Given Me:
* The gift of time. The time to slow down. The time to go to sleep when we want. The time to wake up when we want. The time to do the things that we want to do.
* The gift of adventure. We got to go to new places and explore. Lots and lots of hiking.
* The gift of healing. Our time traveling was very healing for our family. There were some really hard times. If you think traveling will be a breeze- it’s not. It can be hard. And at the same time the hard parts mixed in with the fun and the mundane was very healing on the flip side of traveling.
* The gift on knowing what I want and what I’m good at. Getting outside of our comfort zone taught us to get a closer look at what my strengths, and where my areas of growth are. It has also revealed to me what I want out of life.
* The gift of risk taking. Living outside of the norm is a risk in itself; however, we had opportunities to take risks and try things we wouldn’t normally do!
Traveling during a pandemic was such a unique opportunity. Now that we are back to “normal life”, I can say, without a doubt, that I look forward to nomad life, again, someday!
There has been a lot going on the last two years. So. Much.
I already knew that we needed a change, as a society.
However, the last two years. . . It has really opened my eyes to just HOW MUCH change we need.
When I think of all the things that need to change. I am reminded that it starts on an individual level. One person makes changes in their lives, and then those changes have a ripple effect on the people their are closest to in their lives, and so on.
If you’re eyes are just opening to the fact their needs to be a monumental shift in America.
Start with one small thing that you can implement in your life.
Think about the things you are watching, reading, how much time are you spending on social media? Think about the places you are spending your money. What are you putting your time and energy into?
Then, hone in on just one thing to change. Maybe, you and your family cut back on tv time, or the type of tv you’ve been watching. Maybe you shift the kind of music you’ve been listening to.
Change it. Set a goal for one day, for one week, for one month, for one year.
If you mess up. DO. NOT. Be. Hard.On.Yourself. Do not. DO not beat your self up. Give your self grace. Dust yourself off, and get back up, and keep at it.
I can’t tell you those things that you need to change. You know what’s best for yourself and your family.
I can give ideas and resources, and that’s what I’ll be here for.
Change is hard. You may see some small improvements. You may see no improvements. You and your family may take 1 step forward, just to get 10 steps backwards.
AND- you may come out of a season. . . And, all of a sudden. You’ll see it. The work you and your family has done to make changes. You’ll see the fruit. It’ll be beautiful. It’ll be worth it.
From schedules to curriculum, outdoor play to field trips. . . Homeschooling has taught us to think about things differently!
One of the very first things we did was to take time off from learning.
We just played. Explored more.
This helped us shift to thinking about how homeschool would look different than traditional school.
We started school later than everyone, and we ended up unintentionally taking a month break. . . at the beginning of the year. We continued school throughout most of the next year, as a year-round school year. At most, each kid spent 2-3 hrs of intentional learning each day.
Our first year was definitely anything but traditional.
How did homeschooling look different than you expected?
I was about 18 when I realized that being a stay-at-home mom was an option.
I was 21 and student teaching, when I realized that homeschooling can include co-ops.
It was also in student teaching when I knew I didn’t want to be teaching in a public school.
As a Student Teacher, pregnant newlywed. . . All I wanted to do was be a stay at home mom. And I wanted to homeschool my kids.
It took about 7 years for my husband and I to find the same page, when we decided we wanted to travel full time and homeschool.
There are many reasons why I, personally, wanted to homeschool. I may share those at a later time. . . However, there were several things that were important to me, that I wanted us to have as a family.
Things that were important to me:
*Traveling more/field trips
*My kids learning about the world by experiencing the world
*Hands on learning. For my kids to have an environment that nurtures a love of learning. My kids having an environment that nurtures a love of reading.
*Us having a say in our children’s curriculum
*My kids to explore and learn about their interests
*My kids learning the skills they need to fly the nest: Chores, cooking, fixing things, finances, etc. . .
*Learning outdoors/outside free play and exploration
* And many, many, many more reasons.
Why did you start homeschooling? If you’re looking into homeschool, why do you want to homeschool?
Starting homeschool can be a daunting task. Just like any “new” thing you may take on. Wondering where to start? How to start? What will it look like?
For us, we were leaving public school. So, after the disruption of the pandemic. After the transition from being stationary, to traveling full-time. We needed a reset.
We needed to take some time off of “traditional”, to re-frame what learning at home would look like for us.
If you’re like us, and you’re transitioning from public school to homeschool. . . There are many things to do to “get started”:
* Write it down! Write down what you think homeschooling will look like. Write down what you want it to look like. Write down your fears. Write down what you’re excited about. Write down your obstacles. Write down your values. Write down your why.
*Research: Curriculum and State Laws. Different styles of homeschooling. Schedules.
*Find community. Find a mentor.
*Keep the transition conversation flowing with your kids.
*Take a season to play and explore, and to learn naturally, before starting curriculum and schedules. Especially, if your family is transitioning from public/private/charter school to homeschool.
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!
Two weeks ago, we had some caterpillars roaming all over our camp spot. They quickly started making cocoons, and this week they started emerging as butterflies!! It was such a cool experience to view up close!!