On the Road--Life, School, Song, Family
by Christy, The Simple Homemaker
(Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
Our Homeschool On Wheels
It's basic math: 224 square feet divided by nine people and a dog means we each have approximately 22.4 square feet of living space. Squeeze into that space our family, business, and school, put it on wheels, and send it hurtling from sea to shining sea behind a huge van. That's our life as the homeschooling (or rather, roadschooling) family of a traveling musician.
Togetherness suddenly had new meaning when we lost our business last year. My husband went from part-time musician to full-time traveling musician, and we all packed up the travel trailer and went along.
Being on the road means our schooling schedule is rarely the same from day to day. While we can sometimes expect a normal routine, more often than not we have concerts and social engagements to schedule around. Other times we find there is more education to be gleaned outside the books. Who can pass that up!
As a family that embraces life as a learning adventure, we find opportunities to learn everywhere. Take, for example, the time we pulled over on a Texas highway to investigate the massive migration of male tarantulas crossing the road in search of mates. That was an impressive close to our zoology studies. Another time we met a machete-wielding man in a river in southern California and learned all about a government surveillance and river relocation project. (I would have run, had my husband not been more curious than I am paranoid.)
Living in close quarters with the world as our backyard has taught us many things. We have learned patience, an oft-repeated lesson as nine people share one bathroom. We have learned to embrace our togetherness. And we have learned that life is a teacher whose opportunities do not always follow a schedule or fit into a book. Our family and our life truly are about learning and togetherness.