January 29, 2014 Edition 

Schooling on the Go        

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Gena Suarez

 Hey Mama,


We've been on the road since for what seems like forever, and it will be a while before we get back home. Although we haven't done "schooling" in the traditional sense, the kids are learning. They're learning about flying (Julia went up in a glider for her first flight lesson and got to pilot the plane). They've seen some interesting places and learned some geography. Paul bought Sani (6) her first road atlas and has been going over how that works and has been showing her some of our route. Chloe (3) has been using the iPad for her schooling; we have some educational apps. Sani, too, has been using the iPad (her reading app). We also love to sing in the van together, which is Chloe's favorite part of any ride. And there's been a lot of character training going on--there has to be with five kids and two adults in one van. (Grin.)


Mama, here are some thoughts about training.


Psalm 32:1 says "How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!"

Mama, that is you. And you are training up your children in the Lord, just as you are supposed to be doing--at home and on the go. God's word is the authority by which you live, and your children see you modeling this. Are you perfect? Are they perfect? No, only the Lord is, but He is always pruning, refining, shaping and changing us to be more like Him. 


Keep walking, Mama. You are forgiven! His grace covers you because you have made Him Lord of your life.  


Daughter of the King: Look up and literally FEEL the hope that is within you. It is yours, and He will never leave or forsake you. Take hold of that; His hand is on your head today.


~ gena

P.S. Whether you want to school informally or formally while you're on the go, here are some ideas from the magazine:


"School in a Suitcase: How to Homeschool on the Road" - Alexander Marestaing


"Traveling Around Your City, Your State, Your Country, & Your World" - Dr. Mary Hood


"Take a Road Trip with Your Preschoolers!" - Kendra Fletcher


"Traveling Blessings" - Liz Lane


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It's hard to believe with all the deep snow and frigid temperatures that in two months we'll hit the road for the Homeschool convention trail ... coming to a state near you!


We love homeschooling on the road and "on the go," but I'm going to be upfront with you. If you think you're just going to transfer your normal HOMEschool to ROADschool, then you're in for a world of frustration. We've found that it's a lot harder to do all the normal school stuff while you're truckin' down the highway.


But if you'll put your pre-conceived ideas of what school should look like aside, then you'll have opened up a whole new world of learning.


That's the great thing about school "on the go"; you get to see, smell, feel, and experience things that others only read about. Growing up in a public school, I'm sure I read about the Civil War, but by the time I reached high school, my only retained knowledge of it was that it involved some guys in blue and gray and Abraham Lincoln won it at Gettysburg.


But my kids have walked the Civil War battlefields, seen their weapons, walked the stairs in Lincoln's home, played in the grassy area where he gave his address, sat in Ford's Theater, and stood before the place where Lincoln was buried. That's school at its finest.


I won't pretend that all my kids are Civil War experts (although I have a couple who are), but they all seem to pick up their own bent along the way. Some like the events, other like the relationships, and still others like the bugs in the grass.


The best homeschooling takes place in the real world. It might happen in your yard, down the street, or in a town called Gettysburg.


Be real,



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Diana Waring
Dear Friends,


When you saw today's topic, what jumped to your mind? Did you think:


#1) "GREAT! Now I will learn all I need to know about stuffing more activities into my kids' schooling!!"


Or, maybe:


#2) "Oh, NO! They are going to show me how to cram more things into our schedule, and I don't think I can do it!"


Or, if you are a literalist:


#3) "At last! Someone is finally going to show me how to organize my tote so that our roadschooling accomplishes more!!"


I ask the question because it can be enlightening to have our motivations exposed.


#1) If we fear that we are not doing enough, we might run to whomever or whatever promises us a way to ease that fear, thereby adding more work, more demands, and more pressure to an already unhealthy mindset.


#2) If we feel overwhelmed (and guilty for being overwhelmed!), we might try one more way of doing school in hopes that it will be THE solution, despite the increased work, demands, and pressure on our already burdened shoulders.


#3) If we spend a lot of time in the car (picture the quintessential soccer mom), we will happily look for the right system that allows us to be constantly on the go, regardless of the impact of work, demands and pressure.


But, I wonder what would happen if we stepped back from our own unique rat-race to ponder the big picture of where we are actually going. Rather than speeding up, what if we slowed down? What would that mean to our children, to their education?


Though, culturally, we believe that we can have it all; we can do it all, right now-which corresponds in homeschooling to the unending pressure to teach it all right now-the reality is we can't. We are finite human beings with finite resources and limited time.


So, what can we do?


I recently saw a picture of an enticingly beautiful wooded area, complete with meandering stream, slippery rocks, and delightful vistas beckoning. The caption read, "The Original Play-Station." Profoundly true. Though it would take far more time, it would be so much more fulfilling to a child than the fast-paced video version.


If our children are going to have the time to engage in imaginative play, to explore areas of learning that allows self-motivation to arise, to read endlessly the books that delight them-and do the normal chores of life like eating, sleeping, dressing, cleaning-then, perhaps, we need to actually consider schooling on the "slow," rather than on the go.


On the other hand, if your version is to never go anywhere or do anything, then ignore this! Your assignment is to get going, take your kids to the zoo or to a beach or to a museum. Go!!!


Remember, stay relational.




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