On the Road--Life, School, Song, Family

by Christy, The Simple Homemaker
(Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)

Our Homeschool On Wheels

Our Homeschool On Wheels

Our Homeschool On Wheels
Learning on the Road
Studying in the Trailer
Exploring together

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.

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Mar 28, 2012
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Awesome!
by: Jennifer Stanley

God's Blessings on your Family, Ministry, and School! :)

Mar 27, 2012
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traveling school
by: grandma mary

Hi Christy, you guys remind me of the family who lived in Ky. had four children, home-schooled, and traveled the country to Alaska. They ended up in Fairbanks, by fall, house sat for the winter, and went back on their way. The best part, they did it by bike. The father had a tandum style bike built for all of them. What an adventure they all must have had. Like you and your family, I call it an adventure of a lifetime!! Enjoy, and stay safe!!

Mar 25, 2012
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Very exciting
by: Jonathon

Thanks for sharing, I love what you guys do--you're very inspiring!

Mar 25, 2012
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Wonderful!!
by: Mary@The Encouraging Home

I think it is wonderful! I am sure it has so many challenges, but many blessings. We would love to travel the country one day and experience history. You are making great memories!

Mar 24, 2012
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awesome
by: Anonymous

You guys are awesome, I think this is just great!

Mar 24, 2012
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True Learning
by: Anonymous

Amazing. Incredible. I don't know how you do it Cristy. Your children have the opportunity to truly learn. What a blessing.

Mar 24, 2012
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brave families travel together
by: Anonymous

Love <3

Mar 24, 2012
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brave families travel together
by: Anonymous

Love <3

Mar 24, 2012
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Wonderful Homeschool Experience!
by: Kelly B

What a wonderful experience to embarq on! With the world at your fingertips there are so many ways & places to learn! I love the tarantula story. I would have freaked out...but what a great way to learn zoology! :)

Mar 24, 2012
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Great homeschooling experience
by: Toni

Love this!

Mar 24, 2012
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God bless your roadschooling ministry!
by: Amber

I love to hear about your home/roadschooling experiences!

Mar 24, 2012
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Hope you win!!
by: Tanya

Christy, what an awesome family you all are! I pray you win! ~ Tanya xoxo

Mar 24, 2012
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Shocked
by: Sara @YourThriving Family

Seriously, you and your family are amazing. I'd choose it in a hearbeat for the family to not be separated.

Mar 24, 2012
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sweet!
by: Tonya wise

Awesome! I wish I could just sit and have tea with you and hear all about it:) have you read the pent family story, ten p's in a pod? That is one of my favs and sound just like you guys! God bless you and yours:) from me and mine:)

Mar 24, 2012
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Awesome
by: More Than Four Walls

I admire you for roadschooling!I think it's a great way to expose the kiddos to this great country. One field trip after another and always an opportunity to learn!

Mar 24, 2012
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Outstanding!
by: Alison

You guys are totally awesome and amazing! Bless you all!

Mar 24, 2012
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Blessed!
by: Sarah P.

You are so blessed to be able to share so many different experiences with your kids! I'm sure there many things that are more difficult living in such a small space, but worth it I can imagine. You go girl!

Mar 24, 2012
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amazing
by: Miller05

Amazing! You should be a reality show...except it doesn't sound like there is room for cameras AND that would take the "reality" out of it :)

Mar 24, 2012
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Traveling Homeschool
by: Amiee

Loved reading about your traveling homeschool! I am sure that if that had been us, the migrating tarantulas would have been talked about, looked up and studied, and photographed :)

Mar 24, 2012
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Thanks!
by: Bonnie

We love to read about your homeschooling adventures. You are creating wonderful memories as well as learning.

Mar 24, 2012
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Amazing
by: Anonymous

Your family is truly amazing. They are lucky to have so a wonderful mom to "road" school and keep the family all together. Keep up the great work!! Lord's blessings!!

Mar 24, 2012
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Thankfulnesd is the key
by: Lena

What a blessing to read your joyful report full of grace and gratitude! I am thankful for my home, but so uplifted by your attutude!

Mar 24, 2012
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LOVE!
by: Anonymous

I love that you are keeping your family together! May God bless your travel and your traveling classroom.

Mar 24, 2012
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Sounds fun.
by: Christine

I used to watch that show with the homeschool family that lived in their trailer and traveled from city to city to look for work. You guys are like the real life equivalent of that. I think history especially would come alive with that lifestyle. It's a maybe someday plan I'd love to experience with my little family.

Mar 24, 2012
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What a wonderful blessing!
by: Crissy of Gayle Fam

Your story offers such hope for our family. We don't travel to the extreme that your family does. Yet one of the main reasons we homeschool is so we can go on beautiful adventures and knowing that your family manages those on the road moments with grace and faith gives us plenty of inspiration!!!! Thank you for sharing your story!

Mar 24, 2012
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Homeschool - Learning by Doing
by: Ann Nahnimoose Tep

Looks like many great lessons of life are being learned, first hand. Far too often "education" gets hung up on what's on pages 43-49, etc. There's so much more to raising children and educating them than simply pouring data into the (darling) little numbskulls' heads. =:-O

Mar 24, 2012
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So Much FUN!!!
by: Anonymous

Fantastic post!! Your kids must have so much fun!!

Mar 24, 2012
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Great!
by: Karen

You're making amazing memories for your kiddos!

Mar 24, 2012
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Awesome!
by: Bayesix

You guys rock!

Mar 24, 2012
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Wow!
by: Anonymous

That's amazing! I really admire your perseverance and patience!

Mar 24, 2012
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Sounds like fun!
by: DHardt

Those lessons outside the classrooms were the ones I remembered best. It sounds like an amazing opportunity for lots of learning and family bonding.

Mar 24, 2012
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Love it!
by: Denise

Your children are getting an amazing education!

Mar 24, 2012
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How Crazy Fun and Hectic
by: Melissa Bradley

Excellent post!

Mar 24, 2012
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Enjoy
by: Sandy

We've dreamed of travelling across the US and homeschooling along the way. Enjoy this adventure.

Mar 24, 2012
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Sounds Fun!
by: Richele

I think I'm running out of room! But it sounds like a beautiful adventure and an awesome way for the kids to grow up. :)

Mar 24, 2012
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wow!
by: Anonymous

I don't know how you do it.....

Mar 24, 2012
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wow!
by: Anonymous

I don't know how you guys do it! Amazing!

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