Experience America the Beautiful

Experience America, it all it’s beauty, so many different ways! Episode 134 from the Planning a Successful Roadschool Year series puts American history and geography front and center. 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.

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. Different topics are covered in all different levels of the Social Studies subject from Time4Learning, many used by this Roadschool 101 crew.

On this special episode, Charlene Notgrass, shares her heart for homeschooling mamas.  Likewise, she gives listeners the highlights of engaging curriculum resources from Notgrass Company. Specifically, Charlene talks about the inspiration that led her to write the America the Beautiful history lessons for upper elementary and middle school students. She reveals her favorite resource for this age level is From Adam to Us.

MB chats a bit about other avenues for roadschoolers to explore U.S. history and geography with:

Moreover, three high school credits can be earned with Exploring America, another Notgrass title.

In conclusion, this Roadschool Moms episode wouldn’t be complete without the mention of Morning Time. This is their favorite element to the roadschool day. For more details on that idea, hit the replay on the podcast about Morning Time. The RSM team agrees that a family unit study or geography lessons are great starting points for Morning Time. Using the Notgrass title recommended by Charlene, From Adam to Us, would be a perfect Morning Time fit with the audio supplement just recently released.

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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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.

The Official Sponsor for Season 10 of Roadschool Moms

Morning Time by Nature

Does a Morning Time routine jumpstart your roadschool day? First of all, if you are unfamiliar with Morning Time, hit the Roadschool Moms replay featuring Pam Barnhill for details. Especially relevant in Episode #130, these two fulltime Rving moms share the benefits of carving out this family time in a homeschool day.

In addition, this episode features an interview with Holly Giles about using nature as a guide for this intentional family pace. She is the creator of The Giles Frontier, a favorite from Roadschool Moms Approved resources from previous episodes.

A review of the Blaze New Trails curriculum reveals its organic feel. Rather, it is a protocol to simplify your children’s day through nature’s classroom. The K-8 family guide seamlessly weaves together a nature study course including science, literature, and history. It is the perfect companion for homeschool moms new to the idea of Morning Time.

Further, other purposeful products from Giles’ smorgasboard of natural learning guides include Prairie Life, a 12-week unit study about pioneering life. And, Holly presents two math learning adventures at the beach or park.

Most noteworthy, Holly advises six specific ways to use Mother Nature as the focus for Morning Time plus these other ideas:

  • Copywork & Memorization
  • Observation
  • Read Aloud
  • Family Journal
  • Vacation Ideas
  • Family Vision

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 120 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.

The Official Sponsor for Season 10 of Roadschool Moms

Andrew Pudewa – LIVE from FPEA

Andrew Pudewa, founder of Institute for Excellence in Writing, joins Roadschool Moms LIVE from FPEA 2017. Amongst the flurry of the homeschool convention in Orlando, FL, the mastermind behind the IEW shares his flair for the love of writing.

If you are looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure, scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 120 podcast replays.

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. 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.

Roadschool Record Keeping Made Easy

The pencils are sharpened and planner options appear everywhere on the table! The Roadschool Moms duo is sorting it all out. Moreover, with 30 years of Mom-experience, these two fulltime RVing mamas share affiliate links for products used in their own rolling homeschools. Episode four is all about homeschool record keeping for a successful roadschool year!

Record keeping requirements vary depending on the state. But, everyone agrees a record of family learning activities is important. Even unschoolers might record attendance, activities and projects in case of a domicile change. Being prepared helps families stay cool under pressure! As with any system, the best one is the one you will use.

In their usual quest for all the answers, the Roadschool Moms team talks with record keeping expert, Dave, from Homeschool Tracker, on the show. Hit the replay to reveal all the details about this comprehensive and easy-to-use online program from this feature interview:

  • Program for all levels of detailed record keeping
  • Includes grading option and other report features
  • High school transcripts a snap
  • Student access for assignments and more
  • Manages up to 20 students
  • Training webinars and video user guides

Live listeners earn the chance to win an entire year of Homeschool Tracker. Listen in for more details. Those who catch the replay still have a chance to take advantage of a free trial offer.

If a curriculum with integrated record keeping is in your sights, look no further than Time4Learning. This customized, self-paced K-12 program is a great fit for many roadschoolers. The log-in history for each child creates reports and an attendance record. As a result, homeschool portfolios and transcripts come together in a snap. For a free trial, use “roadschooler” to give it a test drive for the next successful roadschool adventure.

Some homeschoolers prefer a paper style record keeping system.  Most noteworthy, Roadschool Moms Sarah James sends her glowing recommendation for A Plan in Place. This site has it all with planners for kids at different age levels or even mom and dad! Shopper options include customized hard-copy planners as well as digital products. This site offers a straightforward way to stay organized.

If you are looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure, scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 120 podcast replays.

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. 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.

Vision for a Successful Roadschool Year

 

It’s time to look ahead to next year’s roadschool plan. The Roadschool Moms team begins a 12-part series all about planning a successful roadschool year. Up first: Your traveling homeschool needs a vision! Special guest, Mary Jane Williams joins MB this week to share her tips on developing a mission for this important piece of the fulltime RVing family puzzle.

These veteran homeschool moms are here to remind listeners that it’s never too early to plan for the next school year. Tune in to this episode to find out how to stay on track and be intentional with next year’s learning adventure.

Every family’s goals are different. This podcast message is a reminder that comparison is a thief; therefore, it’s important to develop a plan that works for your household. Questions to lead you down the right path include:

  • What does education mean to your family?
  • Do your kids have specific interests to be addressed this year?
  • What are your spiritual goals?
  • How will your travel goals factor into your plans?
  • What life skills can you introduce to your kids?
  • Are non-academic areas a focus for your family?
  • How can goals be achieved for each roadschooler individually while keeping the vision for your family unit?

Other homeschool planning advice this week’s show brings to the table include staying off social media for this important task. Instead, look to your heart for the vision needed for a successful roadschool year.

It wouldn’t be a Roadschool Moms show without the discussion of travel plans. These mamas share  great tips on how to integrate travel goals into homeschool plans. Mary Jane talks about past trips in national parks, popular destinations, and food locales to find the best learning adventures. A few nuggets of information is revealed from their family’s  priorities for future travel and where it will take them later this year.

This podcast is summed up with the thought

Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded.

Roadschool moms everywhere are challenged to set a VISION for next year’s roadschool  that will intentionally unfold their children while adding wisdom to the family homeschool foundation.

 If you are looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure, scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 120 podcast replays.

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. 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.

A Christ-Centered New Year – MBFLP 154

Marking the change of calendar with prayer, reflection, and celebration is a Biblical tradition as well as a cultural one. As Christian families, shouldn’t we all be looking for a closer walk with Christ and greater service in God’s kingdom, no matter where we are at the start of the year? This episode from an earlier year had so much of what we wanted to say this year, we’re bringing it to you again!

RESOURCES WE MENTION

Billy Graham’s Q&A page on the subject

Jonathan Edwards’ resolutions

Woody Guthrie’s somewhat different resolutions

Some notes on our annual family review and brainstorm meeting

Why Hal keeps a journal, and some things which make it even better

 

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The Art of Schedule Juggling – MBFLP 146

 

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Once it was so easy – Dad had his calendar at work, and Mom had hers for the kids and herself. What needed coordination except for holidays and vacations? But when we had kids in high school and heading off to classes and activities all over the place, we realized we had to get better organized or we’d lose track of everything. This episode, we talk about four very simple things we’ve done – and totally for free – that help us keep tabs on everyone’s plans and commitments, so we avoid most of the “Uh oh!” moments we used to have so often!

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How Do We Motivate These Kids? – MBFLP 123

We hear this question all the time – when we’re not asking it ourselves. How do you get your kids motivated and doing what they need to? Is it all about compulsion, or is there a positive aspect to it? Coming to you “on the road” in Mystic, Connecticut, we’ll be talking about some ways to help your kids get off their duff … and you may find some encouragement for your own case of “slows”!

Focus and Reflect – FREEDOM Tools to Manage Your Time, part 1 – FAH episode 14

Focus & Reflect, FREEDOM Tools part 1

  • Are you often discouraged and overwhelmed?
  • Are you paralyzed by a to-do list so long that you don’t know where to start?
  • Are you drowning in clutter so that you can never find what you need?
  • Do you easily get distracted and lose your focus?
  • Do you feel guilty that you don’t meet someone else’s Supermom standards?

Would it surprise you to learn that other moms have faced all of these challenges? I’ve certainly struggled with all of them myself!

The truth is that NO ONE CAN DO IT ALL. We all have to make wise choices about what we can realistically do from among our seemingly impossible to-do lists. Every single one of us has to find peace in the space between the ideal and reality.

In practical terms, a lot of this boils down to managing our time well. Time is the environment in which we live our lives and make decisions. It’s our most priceless resource because it’s the one thing we can’t get any more of.

No one will ever have more than 24 hours in a day…but some people use their time much more efficiently and effectively than others. Learning how to protect and prioritize your time will help you be a good steward and use it for what’s most important. We often talk of managing time, but what we’re really managing is our lives.

I’ve come up with 7 tools for making the most of our time so we can live balanced, peaceful lives. I call this the FREEDOM toolbox. The tools are:

  • Focus
  • Reflect
  • Educate
  • Eliminate
  • Discipline
  • Organize
  • Multitask

Today we’re going to talk about the first two tools: Focus and Reflect. Then, in future episodes of the “Flourish at Home” show, we’ll look at the rest of the FREEDOM tools.