National Holidays as Roadschool Opportunities

National holidays are on the minds of the Roadschool Moms duo this week as the Independence Holiday approaches. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, calls in from the beautiful coastal location of Oregon. Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, calls in from across the country in Southwest Florida. Episode #135 kicks off with the over-the-road duo who talk about the benefits of the traveling lifestyle as well as the downside, specifically unexpected repairs.

Listeners hear a few words from the Season 10 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 rolling homeschools. The coupon code “roadschooler” is shared for those who want to test drive a trial run of the online resource.

On this special episode, Mary Beth, shares her Patriot’s Guide as an example of a unit study resource available for holidays such as July 4th. Specifically, she suggests other resources discussed including lapbooks and even notebooking. She reveals that listeners from this episode who email their location for the upcoming holiday will receive a free downloadable copy of the highlighted roadschool resource.

KT chats a bit about the books that her family is reading this summer. That leads into a discussion about a family read-aloud list specifically for holidays such as July 4th. The Roadschool Moms discuss their 5 Tips for Using National Holidays for Roadschool Opportunities.

  • Holiday Unit Study
  • Reading List
  • Role Play
  • On Location Opportunities
  • Other Great Location Benefits

In conclusion, this Roadschool Moms episode wouldn’t be complete without the mention of Morning Time. For more details on that idea, hit the replay on the podcast about Morning Time. The RSM team agrees that holidays present great opportunities to roadschool together in a Morning Time scenario.

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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Balancing “Perfect” and Family – MBFLP 153


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Don’t blame Pinterest – there has always been a temptation to seek the perfect house, the perfect project, the perfect celebration … and frustration that our very imperfect spouse and children gum up the works. Before there was social media, there were glossy magazines, and before that, critical in-laws and neighbors to keep up with.  While it’s nice to have nice things and impressive events, we shouldn’t ignore that the skills we teach and the memories we make with our family will be a large part of the legacy that remains when children leave home and grandparents pass away! This episode we talk about balancing the desire for perfection with the reality of our family!

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HSHSP Ep 38 Holiday Social Skills for Teens

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Holidays bring church and homeschool parties, family get-togethers.

Teens often feel awkward at these events. They are too young to be regarded as the “little kids” and not quite old enough to be considered “adults”.

How does a teen handle being a teen at holiday events?

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for confidence and poise building tips for the holidays (and afterwards)!


It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

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Podcast #16

In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn discusses the MOST WONDERFUL time of the year! Listen for tips and ideas on ways to make the most of this holiday season.

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It’s Fall, Y’all!

FPEA Chairman talks about Fall and homeschooling through the season.

MBFLP 104 – Preparing For Christ-Centered Holidays

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As the holiday season comes into view, we’re reminded that Thanksgiving doesn’t make any sense if we don’t focus on the One we’re thanking — even more so, for the annual celebration of His birthday! But all the business and busyness leading up to the celebrations themselves often distract us from the meaning of the holidays. This episode, we’re talking about re-centering our family holidays – and having more fun with them, too!

Original Release: Monday November 9, 2015 – 9:00 pm Eastern

Resources we mentioned:

Pollyanna – a fun way to learn to be grateful

Christ-Centered Thanksgiving – our ebook full of unit studies, recipes, and planning charts
(get it free with a newsletter subscription!)


2:30 – Celebrating holidays is established in the Bible (Exodus 12)
4:55 – Feasting is Biblical, too (Nehemiah 8)
7:25 – Thanksgiving is specifically about thanking God
9:30 – The history of Thanksgiving and why it’s important to talk about
18:09 – How to manage the holidays so you celebrate, remember, and teach, too

HomeschoolingIRL 076 – Family Feud

The second in our Surviving the Holidays series: Family Feud.

Financial Strain – HIRL Episode 75

Free homeschool podcast about holiday finances.For the next few weeks, we are producing a mini-series of episodes called: Surviving the Holidays. On this first episode, we are focusing on the financial strain the holidays can cause. How do we look at our holiday spending in light of the gospel? How do we communicate as a family the importance of the holiday in light of the abundance displayed by our culture? And most importantly, how do we participate and celebrate in commerce and gift-buying without shifting our hope?

Join Fletch and Kendra as they sit down with friend and financial planner, Bill Kenoyer, for a discussion about living a gospel-centered life in the midst of the holidays. Don’t miss it!

2:40 – Introduction
8:25 – Budget your money, your time, and your list
24:36 – Finding the gospel and hopeshifting during the holidays
37:07 – Concluding thoughts


Recommended Resources:
Financial Peace University – Dave Ramsey
Prodigal God by Tim Keller

Music clips used on this episode:
Money, Money, Money – Mamma Mia Soundtrack – Go buy it on iTunes
Hey, Big Spender – Sweet Charity Soundtrack – Go buy it on iTunes


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MBFLP – Getting Back On Track After The Holidays

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Whew, that was busy! The season from Thanksgiving to Christmas is overwhelming enough when it’s not as short as this year’s calendar made it. Now we’re safely past New Year’s and if you’re like us, it’s time to get the train out of the ditch and back on the rails. This episode we talk about what we’ve done to get 2015 rolling!

Resources We Mention

“Be Encouraged” Conference – Tampa (Brandon), Florida – January 24, 2015

Why You Ought To Persevere” when you’re discouraged homeschooling

A New New Year’s Tradition” about our annual family reviews and brainstorming sessions

Counting Our Days” about our family journals

MBFLP – Getting Along With Extended Family At The Holidays

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We all have them – people we love too much to ignore, but can really make a holiday gathering awkward. The ones who ask your homeschooled kids wouldn’t they rather ride the nice yellow school bus, or the ones who poke the new father in the ribs and ask “Don’t you know what causes that?”, or the ones who turn Thanksgiving into mudslinging and family worship into comedy hour. Sometimes they’re even members of our family! The Bible says, “As much as it depends on you, be at peace with all men,” yet we may find ourselves quietly praying, “How long, O Lord?”  This episode, we’ll tackle how to handle the challenges of “extended family” time with grace, dignity, and maybe a bit of humor as well.