Welcome to my Spring Series called “Bringing Spring into your Homeschool”. Today’s post is by The Roadschool Moms about beating Spring Fever. Check out their bio below and enjoy reading! Also make sure to check out other posts in this series and guest author bios by clicking on “Bringing Spring into your Homeschool” under Blog in the menu.
Written by Mary Beth Goff | April 20, 2018
Roadschool Moms© is a weekly internet radio show ministry to connect, encourage and inspire women from where-ever in the world they are. Join Mary Beth Goff and Holly Giles each week as they share parenting and homeschool information from a Christian perspective. Mary Beth shares her adventures from behind the wheel of an RV currently traveling fulltime in America’s backyard. A solo homeschooling mom of four, she pairs education with adventure for roadschool lessons created by the Road Trip Teacher. Holly shares experiences from her back porch in Central Florida. Roadschool adventures at The Giles Frontier happen daily, no RV needed. Together, these veteran moms bring their sweet and sassy personalities to the forefront as they share what is most important in parenting, learning adventures, and life. Find yourself a cozy spot, a warm drink and let’s share a little time together. Join in the conversation by leaving a comment or question below. We will answer your questions online and on the show!
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Looking for a cure for spring fever? The answer is right out the back door. Turn your homeschoolers loose outside to enjoy the change of the season. Worried about what plans to make for outside adventures? That is the best part. There are no plans! Let them be bored. Giving kids time to unplug and recharge with Mother Nature will lead to use of their imagination and creativity.
Episode #174 of Roadschool Moms Radio tackles this homeschool dilemma from the latest podcast episode. Holly Giles, the creator of The Giles Frontier, broadcasts from her back porch in central Florida. This week, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher is off the road and on Holly’s backyard swing for one of the first spring days of the year. These veteran homeschool mamas remind that if life learners are restless this time of year, turn them loose! Releasing all that kid-energy outside will surely turn into something educational along the way. Harnessing those experiences is the subject of the podcast.
Kids ready for a backyard roadschool adventure!
Breathe New Life into Your Homeschool
Take the opportunity at this time of year to find a short adventure class to spark an interest or feed the flame of a new spirit. Mary Beth and Holly share how the classes at The Giles Frontier *bring spring* to families in Central Florida. Recently, the pair took a backyard road trip visit to the oldest pool in Florida with their roadschoolers. The duo share how an impromptu adventure such as this can encourage the whole family to learn something new everyday.
Turn off the tunnel vision!
(Listen at 6:00) Tunnel vision is a view to keep out of productive homeschool days. Both women encourage roadschool moms everywhere to fight this phenomenon that affects the mood of your whole household. Instead, let the mood shift naturally with each season change. Spring is a great time to refresh and recharge the attitudes for every member of the family.
(Listen at 13:00) While nature studies are mentioned on past episodes, this show reveals how to start a nature tote or backpack. This tool brings simplicity to nature study. Mary Beth proposes the idea of creating nature journalling pages for Roadschool Mom listeners. The free printables are part of a series available to email subscribers. When creating a nature tote or study journal, remember the biggest rule. There are no rules! Perhaps a family nature study journal would be a better fit than keeping one for each child. Keeping it simple and using what works for your family is the key to success.
(Listen at 19:26) There’s no better time to refresh family read-aloud lists. Plan just a few days each week to start the day, cozy on the couch to spend intentional time reading aloud to homeschoolers with the clear mind of a new day. The RSM spring book list is hot off the press from The Gathering Table inside the Learning Lifestyle Revival membership over at The Giles Frontier. (SPRINGFEVER as the discount code for $5 of the first month’s membership to see what’s inside.) This freebie is a list of books compiled by Roadschool Moms recently read for their kiddos of all ages.
(Listen at 21:53) Mary Beth and Holly wrap up this broadcast with talk about gardening, canning and their favorite herbs. “Plant seeds in your family and continue to nurture and feed their spirit every day. Need a new idea? Look outside the box of away from previous schooling patterns. Learn a few spring tidbits about protecting birds of prey. Have you heard of falconry? Holly shares a Central Florida favorite, ARC. This type of activity is where learning meets adventure.
Top: Searching for the Debary pool at dusk. Whooaa mosquitos!
Right: Wild Oranges
Mary Beth, Holly and their families take a spur of the moment Backyard Roadtrip Adventure to Florida’s first in-ground pool. Check out their video adventure to spur your next family trip either down the road or another state.
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Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. The Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. These roadschool defined adventures don’t stop there. Holly Giles, founder of The Giles Frontier, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling from the *back porch* of your home and *behind the wheel* across America’s backyard.
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
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What advice resonated with you? Are their things you do with your homeschool to beat Spring Fever? Share in the comments below.