Homeschooling on the road.
When we decided to set out on the open road, one thing we needed was a 3rd grade education. If you are a parent, you know that one of the main concerns of life on the road is schooling the kiddos. Although being full or part time on the road offers plenty of learning opportunities, no state recognizes #vanlife alone as a legitimate education. Go figure. (And we are starting off in California- the mother of all over-regulated states.)
I (Mel) researched for a few months and finally decided to go with the Abeka program. They provide all of the books, videos, teacher's keys, and online resources. Plus (and this was the selling point for me) they allow flexibility in completion. Meaning, my little firecracker can finish a grade faster than "normal" if she wants- 6 months to be exact. (They won't allow for a faster completion, but I'm not complaining.)
Seriously, this was huge. I talked to a lot of homeschooling programs and they all had strict daily online time and/or rigid start and stop schedules. I have been told that Katelyn is "very advanced" since daycare, and now that we are leaving traditional school, I want her to have the opportunity to proceed at her own pace.
Her pre-K, kindergarten, first and second grade teachers have all suggested she move up a grade. I never allowed her to due to social reasons, but started to regret the decision as her behavior got worse during the last half of second grade. She consistently reported feeling bored and frustrated that she was constantly told to "wait for the others." Her teacher tried to give her worksheets to keep her occupied, but the lessons would always go back to "easy" things she had already mastered. Even when we went online due to the virus, the pre-programmed activities limited her progress- and therefore her interest.
With Abeka, we can start school according to our schedule (we picked July 13, 2020). Below is a picture of the day we received our learning package. She was so excited, she got started right away. We call this the first day of 3rd grade, even though it was technically two weeks early (before we got our van).
The next thing we needed to ensure a traveling education was roaming internet. Part of the Abeka program requires an online portion, including watching instructional videos.
Once those two tasks were accomplished, we were well on our way to actually doing the roadschooling thing. It was all a bit time consuming, but simple.
Kate, the day she received her first homeschool packet.