So, we gave ourselves a week to get settled and enjoy some down time together before starting “roadschool” the day after Labor Day! This is our second year homeschooling and I’ll have to say, our first day of school looked a bit different than it did last year! Last year we had a decked out, dream school room. And this year…well, we live in almost the same amount of space of our school room last year!
The living room area of our RV has has a long sectional type couch with two separate tables the kids sit at for school. To be honest, it works out nicely because the kids each have their own space and there is plenty of room for me to sit between them without feeling all crammed.
Even though my goal is to teach them to be independent learners, they are in 3rd and 1st grades this year and so for now, they need me to be right there with them to teach and help most of the school day.
We are still tweaking our school day routine, but for the most part we are loving the laid back pace of our school mornings. This year we do not have to rush as mommy doesn’t have to leave for work afternoon as before. That alone has been so freeing for us as an entire family.
Non-rushed school days, family dinner every night and laid back evenings together are something we’d never known until now!
Our typical school day takes around four or five hours to complete, but on some days (like today) we do school late into the afternoon. Not because it’s planned or because we have to, but just because the kids are just enjoying it! That is a luxury we did not have last year and an element that certainly makes homeschooling feel a bit more like it should.
I’m not a very scheduled type of person so for the most part I don’t schedule our days too much except that I know what we need to cover and accomplish each day, and we just work until we get it done….or mostly complete!
The weather in the mountains is perfection right now and so art (and anything else we can find to do outside) is done outside. What more perfect setting for art anyways? Art is one the kid’s favorite part of their school day so we will be doing it just about every day.
“Mom! I didn’t even KNOW I could paint this good!” were Jackson’s words as he proudly held up his painting of the big red barn he had read about in one of his reading books earlier that day. He specifically asked me to take a picture of him with his painting…. maybe he was secretly hoping it would make it onto the blog. 😉
He was so proud, and so am I!
This year, homeschooling or maybe more appropriately, “roadschooling” feels a bit more as I had initially wanted it to feel. Free from the schedules and distractions of city life (and mommy working.) One of the many reasons we chose to take them out of school in the first place was to change the way and environment in which they learned….this lighter life certainly lends itself to that.
We are excited to discover all of the many ways we will get to take our learning far beyond just the books this year, out into the world that is all around us!
We may have given up a few material items, comforts and luxuries, but this is just one of the many treasures of time we have gained.