Independent Learners by Nature or Design

 

Independent learners, by nature or design, is the focus for Episode #132 from the Planning a Successful Roadschool Year series. 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 these traveling mamas’ rolling homeschools while living full-time in a RV.

Listeners hear a few tips about independent learning from the 10th season 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. The duo reminds listeners that independent learners are not born! Consequently, they are trained.

Guiding independent learners is a challenge. Moreover, keeping an independent student interested and learning is another part of the picture. This over-the-road team with 30+ years of mom-experience highlights ways to accomplish these goals by training roadschoolers in these areas:

  • Self-Motivation
  • Curiosity
  • Persistence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Responsibility

First of all, hone in on these characteristics and help your kiddos help themselves. Independent learning is the greatest gift you will ever give to your homeschooler.

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 of 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 wouldn’t be complete without the dynamic duo the 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.