Growing Successful Readers


Growing readers successfully is at the top of every mom’s priority list.  This episode from the Planning a Successful Roadschool Year series puts the topic front and center. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, calls in from the west cost from her beautiful coastal location. Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, refers to her call-in location from the gulf coast of Southwest Florida. Tips from this broadcast come from the traveling mamas’ rolling homeschools while living full-time in a RV.

Listeners get bonus tips from this season’s  series sponsor, Time4Learning. The comprehensive K-12 online curriculum is a favorite from the Roadschool Moms Approved resources and used by both KT and MB in their own roadschools. Language arts along with LA extensions are favorite lessons from Time4Learning from this Roadschool 101 crew.

On this special episode, Stephanie Simpson, from Explore with Usborne, shares her recommendations for growing readers from every season including:

  • Emerging Readers
  • Early Readers
  • Fluent Readers
  • Expert Readers

How is this possible? Hit the replay to hear the fulltime RVing mama trio talk about their favorite reading development tip: family read aloud time. All three veteran homeschooling moms agree that including read aloud time in homeschool days is a benefit to all ages of readers. The Road Trip Teacher talks about a specific situation with the developing reader in her household and what she did to solve the issue.

Family read-aloud time is a great way to ignite the spark of curiosity for independent readers. If a plane enthusiast is in the midst, find a book set in the World War II time period. This teaches historical information and provides an introduction to the reader on fighter planes. Have kids that are enthralled in the prairie life era? Introduce the Little House series from the Prairie Life book club or start your next read-aloud session with Little House in the Big Woods. It’s all about listening to the nature of your kids and designing their surroundings with subjects or ideas to help them grow.

In conclusion, this Roadschool Moms episode wraps up with the dynamic duo mention of Morning Time. This is their favorite element to the roadschool day. Further, Mary Beth refers to the Morning Time plans she is working on to share with other moms from the Learning Shoppe over at Road Trip Teacher. Kimberly reminds listeners that Morning Time is not complicated. As a matter of fact, it is a simple process. The RSM team agrees that their favorite recommendation for a Morning Time starting point is from Holly Giles. For more details on that idea, hit the replay on the podcast about Morning Time by Nature.

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 130 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

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Build Your Summer Reading List

Build Your Summer Reading List

Podcast #28

In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn discusses ways to build your summer reading list.  Summer is a great time to expand your library. And what a wonderful time to spend reading some new and old favorites!

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida.

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Fathers as Storytellers with SD and Josiah Smith

Fathers as Storytellers with SD and Josiah Smith on The Real Kathy Lee Podcast!On this episode I had the privilege of speaking with the SD (Sam) Smith and his brother, Josiah. I met these sharp dressed men a couple of years ago as Sam’s book, The Green Ember was being launched. Sam and Josiah are one of four boys and have a passion for fatherhood and making every moment count with their families.

I had such an amazing time listening to these dads share their heart for reading and storytelling with their children. Not only did they share many benefits for taking the time to connect with children through stories, they also shared some practical tips to help along the way. I think we will all be encouraged to know that being a published author is not a requirement for being a great storyteller.

I am so grateful that Sam and Josiah took time to chat with me on this episode. I think this is a must listen for every dad out there and would be a great present for the dad in your life. Simply grab their phone and download the episode for them. Of course, moms can be great storytellers, too.

I love this family journal, Stories We Shared. This is a great way to keep track of all of the incredible books/stories you read together. Check out to learn more.

Sam shared the following resources during our episode:

1.Story Warren – Supports families in fostering imagination in the children they love.

2. StoryformedThe heartbeat of is simple: To get life-shaping books into the lives of children everywhere. To help you discover the best children’s books. To celebrate the soul-forming power of imagination and story. To help you and your children live a story worth telling.

3. Read Aloud Revival – Sarah provides a great booklist for parents to explore.

Don’t forget to check out The Green Ember and get to know the beautiful work of SD Smith! Also, you can follow Sam on FaceBook and Instagram.

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The Best Way to Teach Reading

best way to teach readingThe almost militant battle of how to best teach reading has been waged over the last 150+ years with proponents from both sides being adamant about their recommendations.  As the reading curriculum pendulum has swung back and forth from phonics to sight to phonics the controversy roars on with little attention given to anything except technique. This narrow view of reading has resulted in millions of individuals being diagnosed with dyslexia and other reading and language delays.

With the introduction of learning styles even more reading techniques abound.  Phonics is an auditory approach to reading. One must hold each sound in auditory short-term memory long enough to get the word “sounded out”. If the child’s auditory short-term memory (processing) is low, phonics doesn’t work well, and the parents typically finds themselves moving from one phonics program to the next.  This is often the case in the home school community because phonics is viewed as “THE” best way to teach reading.  Don’t get me wrong; I love phonics and it is a terrific way to teach reading IF the child has good auditory processing. If not, there is frustration, tears and feelings of low self-esteem.

A visual learner might pick up sight words easily but struggle with phonics because of the learner’s visual bend.  For the tactile learner, reading is a real challenge as it is time consuming and inefficient to create each word you need to learn out of pipe cleaners or the like.

In this episode, the Brain Coach will give you tips on what functions must be working well in the brain for reading to take place as she reveals the best way to teach reading.


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Reading Part 2 — Family Renewal

Reading is the foundation for the rest of learning. If you can teach your children how to read effectively, they can begin to teach themselves.

Reading is the foundation for the rest of learning. Part Two.

If you can teach your children how to read effectively, they can begin to teach themselves. In this podcast (the second of two parts), you can learn how to teach your child to read. Reading difficulties, such as dyslexia, are also discussed in these two episodes.










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Reading Part 1 — Family Renewal

Reading is the foundation for the rest of learning. If you can teach your children how to read effectively, they can begin to teach themselve

Reading is the foundation for the rest of learning.

If you can teach your children how to read effectively, they can begin to teach themselves. In this podcast (the first of two parts), you can learn how to teach your child to read. Reading difficulties, such as dyslexia, are also discussed in these two episodes.

Is There a Mystery in Your Mailbox?

Mail Order Mystery Upload Show ButtonCatch this summer special as MB flies solo for this Roadschool Mom’s episode while KT is off the grid on her 2016 Summer #ThisIsRving Adventure.

MB checks in with the latest news from KT who is enjoying a host of Jellystone Park Camp Resorts and other stops along the way inspired by RV Trader. Also in this broadcast is a live interview with Suzanne, the creator of Mail Order Mystery. Find out all the details on how this fun and engaging activity unfolds as your kids receive installments of mysterious information that reveals a storyline that everyone can enjoy.

Click play to catch the replay of this show to find out more FAQs about Mail Order Mystery and the latest news from Fulltime Families and Road Trip Teacher.

Summer Roadschool Rules

Summer Roadschool Show ButtonIf you’re looking for a list of rules to make your summer roadschool awesome, you’ve come to the wrong place! Our Roadschool Moms team wholeheartedly agrees that we generally steer clear of any set-in-stone, cookie-cutter parameters that could inhibit or stifle our roadschoolers enthusiasm to learn something new everyday. In this episode, Mary Beth and Kimberly use their radio time to talk about the ways they plan to keep their traveling homeschoolers on the learning adventure this summer. Click play to hear more.

  1. One of our favorite summer traditions in the Road Trip Teacher rig, is our summer journals. This is something we’ve been doing for many years (even before we started living fulltime in an RV.) It is a simply constructed journal of paper (lined, colored, blank, or a combination) bound together to be used to document all the summer activities to come. Giving your student a few ideas is a great guide to help him get started such as
  • write or illustrate the weather daily or in a weekly summary
  • make a summer leap list at the beginning of the journal to talk about all the things you would like to accomplish during this season of sunshine
  • use it as a daily diary of thoughts or inspirations
  • make a photo scrapbook of sorts to document one picture daily or weekly that represents the time period

2. Take advantage of travel plans to delve into state history facts and information. This project is even more fun if you will be hitting different areas of the same state so that differences in  Again, by planning a notebook or binder for this state study, it gives your roadschooler a place to record state symbols, cut out the state song to play later if he is musically inclined, investigate the different areas in the way of topography, rivers and lakes, and the different terrain across the area. If your summer travel plans will take you to a specific region of the U.S., these state study guides can be grouped together to represent that as well. This is a wonderful record of time spent that will be referred to time and time again.

3. Sometimes, homeschool plans are so full of all the basics, it’s hard to consistently fit in the extra-curriculars. Summer is a perfect time to take advantage of music, art, or other areas of special interest:

  • There are tons of music curriculum out there that allows a student to formally study the subject. One of our favorite ways to enjoy music curriculum is with Super Quiet Learning Time from   These are easy lessons with no planning involved that can be enjoyed by all ages under a tree during a picnic or anywhere you please! You might even find that one of your roadschoolers enjoys a particular composer and for that, this fun site has Squilt Spotlight studies.
  • It’s no secret that Art + Outside = Super Summer Fun. There are so many different ways to enjoy art, sometimes it’s overwhelming to pick just one medium. So don’t! Try something new each week of the summer that you may or may not have tried before. A favorite from the Road Trip Teacher’s crew is chalk art pastel drawings.  The Roadschool 101 crew especially enjoyed the lessons from the American Landmarks tutorials.
  • Have your kiddos shown an interest in a particular sport, activity, or musical instrument? Use YouTube videos and plan a chunk of time to further their interests. If you summer travel plans are really flexible, research an instructor or private tutor and block out a few weeks of lessons. This is something that will be a reward long after the instruction is over.

4.  No matter where in the world you are, summer and nature just go together. This is the perfect season to spotlight a nature study. Compiling a nature journal ahead of time so that details of the world around your roadschooler can be written down is an added bonus. Keeping a nature journal for three months so that what she sees and what she hears can be recorded will make her a better observer. As the leader of this trip with Mother Nature, drop in subtle reminders to look for the little things, pay extra special attention to what you hear at night when all is quiet, and note the weather for one place to another. Using a nature study to spotlight your summer roadschool is a great way to cultivate your learner’s senses and enjoy every ounce of what the season is all about.

But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.      Job 12:7-10

5.  No matter what the season or direction of your roadschool rig, reading is a great way to keep your learners moving in the right educational direction. Summer feels like freedom so this is a great time to let your readers sample all kinds of material. Download these free reading calendar pages from the Learning Shoppe over at Road Trip Teacher and post them in a central location. See who in your household can fill a month’s worth of reading activities.

6.  Take advantage of the summer holiday spotlight over Independence Day. Let the research begin before you arrive to your early July destination and see what the area you will be visiting has to offer in the way of history, activities, and firework celebrations. If July plans in your rig aren’t firm yet, check out these great July 4th destinations from Fulltime Families.

7.  If you entire summer is up in the air, make your summer roadschool a mystery trip! Last year, the Roadschool Moms shared you their Top 10 Summer Destinations. Use that as a guide to map out all the places your traveling tribe would love to see in the lush, green season of summer. How many can you mark off before the leaves fall later this year?

For information on how you can catch up with the Roadschool Moms duo this summer, check out their schedule for the 2016 season.

To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s plans for summer roadschool, tune into the May 1st episode of Roadschool Moms over at iTunes!

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.

RSM: Summer Roadschool Rules

What Should We Read? How to Choose Good Books – FAH 24

How to Choose Good Books

How to Choose Good Books


There are millions of books available today. How on earth can you choose what’s best to read? In this episode, we’ll consider how to choose good books—both for yourself and for your children.

This is part 2 of a series on why, what, how, and when to read and why and how to build a home library.

Three Types of Books

To be able to choose good books, you need to understand the different types of books. Apart from the usual categories of fiction and nonfiction, there are three main types of books:

  1. Living Books – A living book is written by an author who loves the subject; it is challenging and inspiring. Focus on these!
  2. Reference Books – Atlas, dictionary, almanac, etc. These are useful to have on hand even if you also look things up online.
  3. Twaddle – This is Charlotte Mason’s term for dumbed-down, diluted, silly, easy-reading books with poor writing and sometimes tacked-on morals. Avoid these.

What Is a Good Book?

  1. In general, older books are likelier to be living books. New books are often politically correct and likelier to contain offensive material.
  2. Great books feature excellent writing and thought-provoking ideas. They often have an impact on other literature and culture.
  3. “Safe” does not equal “good.” All great literature involves conflict; otherwise there’s no plot. Literature can provide both positive examples to emulate and negative examples to avoid. Use books to teach your children discernment.
  4. It’s OK to read non-Christian authors (even ancient pagans). All truth is God’s truth.
  5. Include a mix of challenging books and easy books.
  6. Every person’s and family’s standards and tastes will differ. Choose good books in accordance with your own standards.

Guides to Help You Choose Good Books

Here are some of my favorite guides to help you choose good books:

For a longer list of my favorite books about how to choose good books, as well as my favorite books about homeschooling, visit my blog for booklovers at That will also put you on the list to be the first to find out about my new e-book about books, coming soon.

And if you wish you had more time to read, you’ll find encouragement and practical tips for time management in my book, Flourish.

Stay tuned for our next episode, when we’ll discuss HOW to read.

Other Resources Mentioned in This Episode

Realms of Gold: The Classics in Christian Perspective by Leland Ryken

A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver Van DeMille


NOTE: This post includes affiliate links. I will make a small commission if you purchase books through my links. Just think of this as an opportunity to help me build MY home library while you build YOURS!

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