ROAD SCHOOLING CLOSE TO HOME

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“There is no difference between living and learning ... it is impossible and misleading and harmful to think of them as being separate.” — JOHN HOLT

I have dreamt of one day going traveling and road schooling with my family, while my kids are still at home with us. I have planned trips in my head ...  a trip across Canada, west coast to east coast, and fun parts in between; traveling down the west coast of the US and coming back up through Yellowstone; a trip across the Atlantic Ocean to explore Europe and all its incredible history.

Then one day, earlier this year, I realized I don't have to wait to go traveling with my children because we don't have to plan long and elaborate trips. Instead, it can be shorter trips, closer to our home. Trips that will be filled with nature, love, fun, rich experiences, and camping.

This summer we bought a (very) old travel trailer, that we have gutted and are in the long process of remodeling to make it our home on wheels so we can regularly explore the world closest to us. Which means next year I have been planning some amazing road trips not too far from home. Trips that are centred around local attractions and history.

ROADSCHOOLING TRIPS - ALBERTA

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — W.B. Yeats

Even though our little vintage trailer is going to take a complete overhaul, we aren't waiting for next year for some road schooling. We are a few sleeps away from a 10-day boat trip to Vancouver Island. We have filled the last few weeks with books and documentaries about oceans and marine life. We have our explorers backpack ready to be filled with a camera, journals, pencils, watercolours and pencil crayons, as well as specimen jars and ziplocs. But the real magic is going to take place in the tidal pools, walking along the shore at low tide, spotting animals and bird, and the little island explorations. All I ask of my children is that they ask as many questions as they want, and observe and document what they see, what they hear and how they feel.

So you see, education is not only what happens within four walls of a classroom, or around a table in our homes. It starts as soon as we are born, and if we are lucky enough to find a genuine love of learning, it will stay with us until our very last breath. And that is my primary goal in teaching my children.

“Since we can’t know what knowledge will be the most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.” — John Holt