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Road Schooling

Long-term travelling families need to take responsibility for their child(ren)’s education. For some, this may mean continuing on home schooling as they always have. For most it will involve a process of beginning to home school or enrolling their children in a formal distance education program.

Many refer to this form of education as Road Schooling or World Schooling, emphasising the idea that most of the learning takes place outside of formal lessons. Although the amount of formal school work done may vary from family to family, these terms do emphasis the incredible learning resource that is found in the environment and society that the travelling child is exposed to. A series of art... Read More...

Long-term travelling families need to take responsibility for their child(ren)’s education. For some, this may mean continuing on home schooling as they always have. For most it will involve a process of beginning to home school or enrolling their children in a formal distance education program.

Many refer to this form of education as Road Schooling or World Schooling, emphasising the idea that most of the learning takes place outside of formal lessons. Although the amount of formal school work done may vary from family to family, these terms do emphasis the incredible learning resource that is found in the environment and society that the travelling child is exposed to. A series of articles by our authors here at VagabondFamily.org and guest posts will highlight and emphasise just how much our children learn as they travel through ‘incidental’ learning; a fancy term meaning the learning that happens outside of a planned lesson.

Further, this section will explore the legalities and complications of a nomadic education away from an institutionalised environment. It shall discuss options such as the 13 ‘School of the Air’ public schools that are offered in Australia, to the legalities and formalities of registering for home education without a home base.

In our efforts to cater to the global travelling family community we will be inviting guest authors to share their experiences of road schooling and their jurisdiction. If you would like to share your experiences with our community then please get in touch

Several articles will discuss and explain common philosophies of home schooling, with links for further information and explanations on how it fits in with a nomadic lifestyle. In general nomadic families are mostly non-conformist, and the differences are often as marked as the similarities. Thus, in a discussion of the various educational thoughts that are followed by homeschoolers may appeal more to one road-schooling family than another. There is no guarantee that your children will have covered everything they would have covered at a school, but they will have learnt so much that they will remember and be able to relate to. As one road-schooling family said,

“As we walked away from the ruins, we could hear our children behind us discussing the differences and similarities in the Mayan civilisations to the Incan civilisation.” (Nancy, Family On Bikes)

We also offer some helpful advice and practical pointers on home-education and resources that are out there. The practicalities of carrying some of the bulkier curriculums, and the plethora of choices shall be discussed, though there will be an emphasis away from the ‘packaged’ or ‘complete’ curriculums.

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A Green-Fingered Education, On the Road

Posted by on 13 September 2017 | 0 Comments

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A Green Fingered Education On the Road

Some children are blessed with a garden at home. Some are lucky enough to attend schools with small vegetable or herb gardens,  learning a little about gardening basics along the way. Road school learners are given the opportunity to play in the rainforest on one day, walk through woodland countryside the next, drive alongside desert cacti the following week and go apple-picking in an orchard a month after that.


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