The catalyst for our research into homeschooling was an unexpected change in lifestyle. After years of overtime at a job an hour away from home, Husband got a telecommuting job. Once everyone in the house adjusted to the change, we realized that the only thing preventing us from hitting the road was the ever-present public school schedule. Six months later, the promise of freedom from a state-mandated calendar led us into the adventures of homeschooling and trailer-schooling.
We rented a trailer in the summer of 2012 for a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton. As a family of 5, we fit into a normal hotel room about as well as sardines fit in a can. We opted for the travel trailer to allow for room and the ability to cook our own food instead of spending precious time moving into new hotels and searching for restaurants.
The verdict after ten days in a metal box perched high in the mountains? Victory! We loved the experience and immediately began saving for our own trailer.
Exactly one year and piles of research later, we settled on a Kodiak 276BHSL.
|Time to hit the road!|
I’ll admit, owning a travel trailer and spending vacations in RV parks was never something I considered until last year. The world opened up to us as we discovered that we can have a lovely place to sleep and cook as well as amazing trips to enjoy the outdoors. Everyone has space and the trailer stays packed except for clothing and food.
Now when the mood strikes, we load everyone up and take off with backpacks filled with schoolwork. We can school and work from the trailer with a mobile hotspot for those rare moments that the RV parks’ Internet is down. As soon as we are finished with responsibilities, we can explore the area then come back to the trailer for s’mores under the stars.
The maiden voyage with the new trailer took us to Lake Murray, Oklahoma, where we camped in the Elephant Rock campground. We paid $25/per night for a full hook-up spot one secluded row over from a lake-side beach. While I am sure I could have spent some time teaching physical science topics while we floated in the clear lake water, we opted to dry off and take the boys to the nature center that sits atop a bluff overlooking the blue lake water.
The guide spent time with each boy describing the local ecology and wildlife as well as sharing some gross and fascinating facts about working with that wildlife. We later traipsed up ninety-seven stairs to the top of Tucker Tower and soaked in the gorgeous views of the park. The Tower houses a small museum that details the efforts expended to create the park in the 1930s.
Add in some more swimming and a competitive game of dominoes, and you have what every homeschooler aims for…life as school.
|A view from the top of Tucker Tower.|
|Another view from the top of Tucker Tower.|