Families travel to give children a better education

covered wagonChildren are born to learn. Their brains are designed to make sense of the wonders in the world around them. When they climb trees and see cocoons or birds’ nests they learn. When they dig in the mud and play with earthworms, they learn. When they discover the delicate structure that used to be a cicada’s shell, they learn even more. Children do all that because they want to learn – they have an innate desire to understand their world.

Kids have an inborn inclination to want to make sense of their world. Unfortunately, our school system tends to beat that curiosity out of kids – schools take “learning” and make it boring, repetitive, and irrelevant. They tend to take fascinating scientific or historical ideas and turn them into boring worksheets which turn many children off for the rest of their lives.

Many families have opted out of a ‘traditional’ education, and have chosen¬†family travel to educate children instead – whether in RVs, planes, buses, or bicycles. Roadschooling families make a conscious effort to capitalize on children’s natural penchant toward learning. They go out of their way to visit historical and/or scientific sites in order to arouse that sense of curiosity in children. And roadschooled kids learn the joy of learning.

As families travel throughout the world visiting historical sites, children gain an understanding of what life was like on the fields of Gettysburg or in ancient Mayan cities. They visit museums and national parks and natural wonders. Roadschooling parents encourage their children to learn from everything surrounding them and the kids learn in a natural learning environment.

When children engage their five senses in their learning they learn more. They truly understand when they see, smell, hear, and touch. Many families have come to the conclusion that there is no better education.

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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