Roadschooling: What, Why, Where?

by Campspotter

2 months ago

by Campspotter

2 months ago

For many families, roadschooling has always been an impractical education option that was never considered too seriously – until now. Cue the COVID-19 pandemic and all the unknown that has accompanied it regarding the upcoming school year. With questions regarding the safety of non-distanced learning, the effectiveness of online classes, and much more, many parents are wondering: Should I consider roadschooling as an option?

What is roadschooling?

While it might sound daunting, roadschooling is just combining travel and hands-on experiences with state regulated curriculum. Instead of learning about the American Revolution through an online textbook and fill-in-the-blank worksheets, you could learn about it by touring George Washington’s home, or visiting Colonial Williamsburg and seeing firsthand how our country took shape. Or take science class outdoors and visit a nearby National Park. Study the plant life and animals you encounter there rather than looking at diagrams.

We’re all hoping that daily life will return to normal soon. However during this strange time, take this opportunity to hit the open road on a family learning experience that your kids will never forget.

Is it right for my family?

One of the biggest perks of roadschooling is the flexibility. Whether you’re considering roadschooling for the entire school year or just a week, a roadschool route is a great option for all families. If you have an RV, it’s easy to bop between stops and go where the road takes you. No RV? No problem! Stay in a cabin or tent during your educational journey – they’re all available to find on our website.

Where should I go?

While the pit-stops and possibilities of roadschooling are endless, we’ve put together some starting routes and learning opportunities depending on your area. Use the below maps as a jumping off point, or follow them stop-for-stop for a unique hands-on learning experience your kids will never forget. These campgrounds are all a great home-base for your travels, and can be booked instantly on Campspot.com! Be sure to filter for your necessities like WiFi, pools, or other kid-friendly amenities.

Tri-State Area:

Explore New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania in a well-rounded tour that combines history, nature, biology, and more! Hike through Minnewaska State Park in a search for waterfalls, explore Historic Huguenot Street to see how the earlier settlers of the Hudson Valley lived, and take a boat ride to see whales, dolphins, and study marine life.

See a detailed route here.

Mid-Atlantic Area:

For those in the Washington D.C. and surrounding area, follow this route for tons of history and geology learning opportunities. As the birthplace of our country, and many historically significant moments following, there is no shortage of stops to make. Customize your stops to mirror your lesson plans with options such as Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, Antietam battlefield, and more. Plus, the science and biology lessons are endless when visiting Shenandoah National Park.

See a detailed route here.

Texas:

The Alamo, bat watching, caverns, hiking, and more await you in this Texas-based route. Travel the Lone Star state for experiences you would never get in a classroom, and for safe and clean stays you can always count on.

See a detailed route here.

This year looks a little different, and so might the classroom with roadschooling! Make it a year they’ll never forget with first-hand learning experiences, campground stays, and educational destinations along the way! Looking to add more destinations to your route? Campspot makes it simple to search for parks and campsites that offer Wifi through a filter when searching for a camping destination.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some activities may be closed until further notice or open with restrictions + limited hours. For the most up to date information, please check the status of each attraction. Please bring and wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth while in any public space.

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