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Southern Indiana Water Park Adventure

  • Oct 30, 2017

If a water park adventure is on your to do list, look no further than Big Splash Adventure located in historic French Lick, Indiana. This Southern Indiana destination is one of our best loved places in the country. While the Road Trip Teacher crew lived in southern Indiana for many years, we still visit often from our fulltime RVing travels. The French Lick – West Baden area is a favorite because there are so many family friendly things to do. 

We visited this area recently on another favorite Indiana stop at Spring Mill State Park. The campground is beautiful and the restaurant there is just like going to Grandma’s for Sunday dinner. After a fun Haunted Village weekend, we left our rig at the campground and headed to French Lick for some water park action. We splurged on a Pirate’s Hideway room with bunk beds for all four kiddos at the water wonderland.

Water Park Day Trip

Staying at the Big Splash hotel makes visiting the water park a cinch. Family members have the flexibility to go back and forth between the water adventures and other attractions. Consequently, littles can take naps back at the room while older kids enjoy the water park (all housed in the same facility.) Guests staying at the hotel receive water park admission as part of the reservation package.

Water park guests who are staying off property may purchase water park admission separately. Cost for the Big Splash day pass is between $19.95 and $24.95 per day depending on the age. Children under two (2) are admitted free to Big Splash Adventure with a paid parent or guardian.

Unique Water Park Fun

One of the most unique features of Big Splash Adventure is the retractable roof on the building. If the temperatures are just right, guests enjoy the safety of an indoor water park and the sunshine of a beautiful outdoor day. This facility boasts 40,000 square feet of water park activities.

My roadschoolers love water slides but are also fans of all the water action. That’s what makes Big Splash a best liked destination on our water park list. Four aqua slides satisfy my older crowd while everyone enjoys the antics at the Buccaneer Bay splash pad. If a break from the action is needed, a trip down the Lost River is the most relaxing way to explore the water park.

This Indiana water park is rated all thumbs up from the Roadschool 101 crew. It is also featured  on this article: 19 Epic Indoor Water Parks You Will Want To Visit This Year! We have stopped here for just a day and we have also spent an entire week here for all kinds of family fun. Indoor carting, laser tag, family bowling lanes, and the Wilstem Ranch are other things we enjoy in this area of the Hoosier State. If you aren’t familiar with the history here, visit French Lick West Baden online and learn more!


Mary Beth Goff is a fulltime, RVing mama to four kiddos who travel America’s backyard in their home on wheels. She is also the creator of Road Trip Teacher, the online resource for destination based learning adventures. Mary Beth is also one-half of the Roadschool Moms team who broadcasts live on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network live every Sunday night at 9 pm EST from wherever in the world they are. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

 

 

Notebooking Pages Navigate New Learning Adventures

  • Oct 27, 2017

We make no bones about it! Notebooking pages have transformed the course of roadschooling in our rig. What was once busy work and worksheets, have been replaced with the tools my roadschoolers need to navigate their own learning adventure! Let me explain how notebooking pages work in our rolling homeschool.

A few weeks ago, we took a day trip to Six Flags in Eureka, Missouri. Our crew is crazy, roller coaster fanatics. While in line for the Screaming Eagle, (in the front car line with only a few people ahead I might add,) the ride stopped for mechanical failure. It actually stopped twice in less than five minutes. During that time, mechanics rushed in riding golf carts and a company pickup. All three roller coaster experts rushed to the control tower, tweaked the issues on the track, and found resolution to the problem. All the while, my 14-year old was watching. And wondering.

His first question out loud:  “I wonder how much the power bill is for this park?”  Then, “I wonder how much those guys get paid for fixing this roller coaster?”  A few minutes later, he said “I wonder what kind of degree you have to have to be a roller coaster EXpert?!?”  Over the next few days, my roadschooler and I mapped out a detour in his 8th grade lesson plans for this year. I am currently using the Publisher feature of Notebooking Pages to customize pages for the completely thorough research that my roadschooler is already working on.

  • Where did roller coasters originate?
  • Who designed the first one? And where?
  • What are the different kinds of coasters from wooden tracks to the most modern ones?
  • How do they work? Are there different forms of force and mechanics that make them work?
  • What are the related statistics to roller coasters in America? In the rest of the world?

What seems like a fun day at the park can easily turn into a roadschool lesson for the weekend. Or perhaps, for the whole year. Will my roadschooler be the next generation roller coaster designer or mechanic? Probably not. But maybe he will. Or maybe he will take another turn from this life learning experience that guides him to what he will be “when he grows up.”

What is my #1 resource for this roadschool adventure? Notebooking Pages. I love this resource so much, I became an affiliate for the company. I believe in it that much. The best part is the lifetime membership that is currently priced $25 below the usual one-time payment. Yes, you read that right. Access to thousands of notebooking pages is granted by purchasing a single lifetime membership.

Need more encouragement?  By following this affiliate link today (Oct. 27th), a lifetime membership can be purchased for a one-time payment of $72. If that’s too much to bite off today, this fantastic resource can be split up in three payments (follow the link for more information.) Need a bonus? There are two.  The fall membership sale also includes a homeschool bonus package valued at $100+. Finally, access to The Notebook Publisher (which I personally use weekly) is granted for a full six months. Need more details? Click the link below and let the next learning adventure begin!

Kindergarten Ready or Not!

  • Aug 10, 2017

Kindergarten ready or not? Hit the replay for Episode #140 that comes to you live from on the road to Oregon as well as Illinois. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families,  recaps her roadschool week as she gets ready to head to Oregon. From across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher looks back on their roadschool week in the Land of Lincoln.

Listeners hear a few words from the Season 10 series sponsor,  Time4Learning. The comprehensive K-12 online curriculum is a favorite from the Roadschool Moms Approved resources. Both KT and MB use T4L in their own rolling homeschools. The coupon code “roadschooler” is shared for those who want to test drive a trial run of the online resource.

There is not just one indicator of whether your 4, 5 or 6 year old sunshine is ready for official kindergarten or not. And guess what the best test you can give him or her to find out? You guessed it:  none. Try not to base the start of your littles entire formal education on one pivotal circumstance. Instead, consider these six areas to evaluate:
  1. Is he eager to explore and discover new things? Does she ask questions and have an enthusiasm for learning? Does he have the drive to keep on a task even when it is difficult? If the answer to those questions are yes, then you probably have a child that is ready for the kindergarten learning adventure.
  2. Does he have the desire to take responsibility for his actions, for his personal belongings? Can she follow a series of two or three directions? If he possesses self-motivation and a persistence to find out answers on his own, you probably have a kindergarten-ready kiddo.
  3. Another good indicator if your little is ready for kindergarten is the level of communication skills. As in, can she communicate her wants and needs? Has she figured out how to express her feelings or at least recognize the difference in how she feels vs. others around her? This is a sign that language skills are growing and guidance is needed here to keep heading in the right direction.
  4. This next one is a hard one because it is about listening. There’s not many 5 year olds that probably don’t interrupt at some point or another. But for the most part, a kindergarten ready kiddo can sit and listen to a story without interrupting. He can follow simple directions because he has honed in on his listening skills and can process that in his little brain.
  5. Now let’s talk about a few easy things to spot in kindergardten readiness (or not!) And that is fine motor skills. If your child is comfortable writing with a pencil, penning their own name, and using scissors independently, then kindergarten activities will be a snap. They are ready for this next step.
  6. The final thing easily identified is awareness for the alphabet and numbers. Littles that are ready for kindergarten can sing the alphabet song, count to 10, and recognize at least numbers 1 through 5 as well as a majority of the alphabet. Sure at this age, b’s and d’s are mixed up. The letter ‘p’ or the number ‘3’ might be backwards, but that’s where kindergarten curriculum can help strengthen these areas and build their confidence. The next step is learning phonics and when it clicks, you’ll have an emerging reader. This is an area that comes together differently for each and every child.

Want to know more? Hit the replay for Episode #140: Kindergarten Ready or Not!


Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 140 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

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Experience Astronomy for Hands-On Science

  • Jul 17, 2017

Are you looking for a way to put the fun back into homeschool days by engaging your roadschoolers? I found an avenue to take science education on an adventure this fall! No, this is not one of those paid advertisement blog posts. Road Trip Teacher isn’t receiving any compensation for spreading the news about this exciting addition to the homeschool resource market. Experience astronomy. I liked it right away because it is a two-word sentence! But here’s the real reasons to love this course from Intoxicated on Life.

When I first started homeschooling, I was so focused with reading, writing, and math. I admit that I didn’t pay much attention to science. After our homeschool routine continued to develop, science became something we just checked off the list. Periodically, we would accomplish an experiment here or there. Those were always met with eager minds and open hearts. That should have been an inkling to what was missing in this subject. Hands-on science is the key to the kingdom for finding the delight missing in some of our homeschool days.

In a recent interview with Luke Gilkerson, creator of Experience Astronomy, this homeschool dad of four boys shed some light on how to grow lifelong learners. He advises that by the process of observing, testing hypothesis, and finding conclusions, science teaches kids how to think. Home educators can easily integrate science into other subjects by finding topics that are naturally interesting to their students. Weaving areas of science into core subjects are simple by

  • finding living history of books
  • encouraging hands-on activities
  • stimulating young minds to promote critical thinking

Enter Experience Astronomy. For elementary age kids, this might just be the missing link from inspiration to education. No only does it include self-paced, engaging videos, but interactive science experiments and a reading list to build reading skills are also included.  Strengthening your young life learners with memory work while reinforcing key concepts are a bonus of the program. And, the icing on the cake is this course won’t break the bank. As a matter of fact, when a homeschool family subscribes to Experience Astronomy Elementary, lifetime access to the curriculum is granted. That means that you can use it now and for any other kiddos that are coming up in in later years.

Incidentally, two of my own roadschoolers took the upper level Experience Astronomy course and loved it. This subscription is geared for kids 12 and older. Middle and high schoolers alike have the opportunity to engage with one video each week that aligns with the stars in the sky at that particular time of the year. Further, there is a quiz, field assignment, and a reading exercise included for the same time period. The absolute best part of this curriculum is the encouragement to go out at night for observation of what he or she has is learning about. Students are asked to draw what they see and can write about their night time viewing experiences. Notice there is no room here for screens of any kind. Just uninterrupted quiet time under the stars. That’s music to this mama’s ears. Bonus:  High schoolers can upgrade the subscription to an advanced mastery level and obtain course credit. BAM!

The elementary version of Experience Astronomy is available beginning in September of 2017 for use anytime. The upper level of this course is timely and is taught between September and May. Because the course study literally follows the stars in the sky, it’s important to being the lessons at the appropriate times of the year. How cool is that! Want to learn more details? Hit the replay on Episode #137 of Roadschool Moms to get the scoop.


Mary Beth Goff is a fulltime, RVing mama to four kiddos who travel America’s backyard in their home on wheels. She is also the creator of Road Trip Teacher, the online resource for destination based learning adventures. Mary Beth is also one-half of the Roadschool Moms team who broadcasts live on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network live every Sunday night at 9 pm EST from wherever in the world they are. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

 

 

 

30 Days of Roadschool Games

  • May 20, 2017

It all started as a joke when one of the Roadschool 101 crew said “Why can’t we just play games all day?” The immediate reaction was that roadschool isn’t all fun and games. Or is it? What happened after that is 30 days of roadschool games. You heard it, the Road Trip Teacher and crew made an intentional pact to play a game together every single day. For a whole month!

Summer Roadschool Rules

  • May 1, 2017

Summer Roadschool Show ButtonIf you’re looking for a list of rules to make your summer roadschool awesome, you’ve come to the wrong place! The Roadschool Moms team agrees to steer clear of any set-in-stone, cookie-cutter parameters that will stifle a roadschoolers enthusiasm to learn something new everyday. In this episode, Mary Beth and Kimberly use their radio time to talk about ways to keep their traveling homeschoolers on a learning adventure this summer. Click play to hear more.

  1. One of our favorite summer traditions in the Road Trip Teacher rig, is our summer journals. This is something we’ve been doing for many years (even before we started living fulltime in an RV.) It is a simply constructed journal of paper (lined, colored, blank, or a combination) bound together to be used to document all the summer activities to come. Giving your student a few ideas is a great guide to help him get started such as
  • write or illustrate the weather daily or in a weekly summary
  • make a summer leap list at the beginning of the journal to talk about all the things you would like to accomplish during this season of sunshine
  • use it as a daily diary of thoughts or inspirations
  • make a photo scrapbook of sorts to document one picture daily or weekly that represents the time period

2. Take advantage of travel plans to delve into state history facts and information. This project is even more fun if you will be hitting different areas of the same state to compare the differences.  By planning a notebook binder for this state study, your roadschooler will have a place to record state symbols, cut out the state song to play later if he is musically inclined, investigate the different areas in the way of topography, rivers and lakes, and the different terrain across the area. If your summer travel plans will take you to a specific region of the U.S., state study guides can be grouped together to represent that as well. This is a wonderful record of time spent that will be referred to time and time again.

3. Sometimes, homeschool plans are so full of all the basics, it’s hard to consistently fit in the extra-curriculars. Summer is a perfect time to take advantage of music, art, or other areas of special interest:

  • There are tons of music curriculum out there that allows a student to formally study the subject. One of our favorite ways to enjoy music curriculum is with Super Quiet Learning Time from SquiltMusic.com.   These are easy lessons with no planning involved that can be enjoyed by all ages under a tree during a picnic or anywhere you please! You might even find that one of your roadschoolers enjoys a particular composer and for that, this fun site has Squilt Spotlight studies.
  • It’s no secret that Art + Outside = Super Summer Fun. There are so many different ways to enjoy art, sometimes it’s overwhelming to pick just one medium. So don’t! Try something new each week of the summer that you may or may not have tried before. A favorite from the Road Trip Teacher’s crew is chalk art pastel drawings.  The Roadschool 101 crew especially enjoyed the lessons from the American Landmarks tutorials.
  • Have your kiddos shown an interest in a particular sport, activity, or musical instrument? Use YouTube videos and plan a chunk of time to further their interests. If you summer travel plans are really flexible, research an instructor or private tutor and block out a few weeks of lessons. This is something that will be a reward long after the instruction is over.

4.  No matter where in the world you are, summer and nature just go together. This is the perfect season to spotlight a nature study. Compiling a nature journal ahead of time so that details of the world around your roadschooler can be written down is an added bonus. Keeping a nature journal for three months so that what she sees and what she hears can be recorded will make her a better observer. As the leader of this trip with Mother Nature, drop in subtle reminders to look for the little things, pay extra special attention to what you hear at night when all is quiet, and note the weather for one place to another. Using a nature study to spotlight your summer roadschool is a great way to cultivate your learner’s senses and enjoy every ounce of what the season is all about.

But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.      Job 12:7-10

5.  No matter what the season or direction of your roadschool rig, reading is a great way to keep your learners moving in the right educational direction. Summer feels like freedom so this is a great time to let your readers sample all kinds of material. Download these free reading calendar pages from the Learning Shoppe over at Road Trip Teacher and post them in a central location. See who in your household can fill a month’s worth of reading activities.

6.  Take advantage of the summer holiday spotlight over Independence Day. Let the research begin before you arrive to your early July destination and see what the area you will be visiting has to offer in the way of history, activities, and firework celebrations. If July plans in your rig aren’t firm yet, check out these great July 4th destinations from Fulltime Families.

7.  If you entire summer is up in the air, make your summer roadschool a mystery trip! Last year, the Roadschool Moms shared you their Top 10 Summer Destinations. Use that as a guide to map out all the places your traveling tribe would love to see in the lush, green season of summer. How many can you mark off before the leaves fall later this year?

For information on how you can catch up with the Roadschool Moms duo this summer, check out their schedule for the 2016 season.


To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s plans for summer roadschool, tune into the May 1st episode of Roadschool Moms over at iTunes!

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.

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Fulltime Families Announces 2016 Toy of the Year

  • Dec 20, 2016

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As a fulltime Rving family, the Road Trip Teacher crew is always looking for fun but engaging games that are space friendly in our home on wheels. Every year about this time, we are on the edge of our seat  for the Fulltime Families Toy of the Year reveal. The 2016 pick is the award-winning ThinkFun game Gravity Maze.

What we especially love about this game is that it is designed to be a single player game. For this crew, that means if you’re done with your roadschool schedule for the day, you don’t have to wait for someone else to play. On the other hand, it’s also super fun to play with someone else. Because we are just a little lot competitive in this house, we are actually thinking of buying a second game to hold head-to-head challenges.

Our roadschoolers have already asked and yes, the Road Trip Teacher has confirmed! Gravity Maze meets the criteria for the science portion of a typical roadschool day in our rig. That’s a win-win for everyone!

For more details on how this game made it to the top of the Fulltime Families list, click here and you’ll also find out how to win yourself the 2016 Toy of the Year.

If you’re a traveling family and aren’t familiar with this camping club, visit FulltimeFamilies.com to find out why this is the most important membership in our collection!

5 Ways to Love Your Family Well

  • Feb 15, 2016

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Last year there were upwards of 400,000,000 online searches in the United States for “love”. That’s more than the U.S. population! It’s a reminder that so many people turn to the internet to answer their deepest questions. And it’s a sign of the enormous need that so many people are craving love – to love and be loved. Unfortunately, it’s also a great example that many, many people are looking for love in all the wrong places.

The answer to this is simple. We were all created in the image of God; therefore, we were created to love and be loved. In one of His greatest commandments, Jesus basically says “Love God and love others with everything we’ve got.” (Matthew 22:36-39)

The Roadshool Moms team arrived at a fulltime RV lifestyle on different paths; however, both Mary Beth (creator of Road Trip Teacher) and Kimberly (found of Fulltime Families) were led to life on the road by the goal to make their families a priority and to live their lives more intentionally. This week on the Roadschool Moms’ episode, the Roadschool Moms celebrate Valentine’s Day by their dish on How to Love Your Family Well in 5 Easy Steps:

Feed your family well. Now, this is figuratively as well as physically in our house. First, it’s important to feed your family well in the form of input into their minds and souls. After all, what comes in, must go out. Positive, loving thoughts and information that is fed into our family members on a daily basis will come out the same, in one form or another. In a physical sense, just small doses of extra effort here and there in the healthy eating habits of your family will also realize positive results. Today’s Valentine’s Day: If you were already making sandwiches for lunch, cutting them in a heart shape will take you from zero to hero in about 5 seconds flat!

Give your family the space it needs to grow. While it is so easy to try to control the outcome of every situation with a well-intentioned Mama’s heart, there really is something to be said for giving your kids and even your spouse, the room to grow and spread their wings based on their own thoughts and dreams. Providing them the love and support they need is just like Mother Nature providing the water and fertilizer needed to harvest good crops. Love is essential and space is required to grow and to flourish.

Make your family a priority individually as well as a family unit. This means that while we spend much of our time as a family, during our roadschool and in our daily routines. But there is also a time to intentionally spend one on one time with each member of your family. Just as Mom and Dad needs one on one time to see each other in a different light, so does each and every other member of the family. Dad needs time with sons and daughters. Mom time with each kiddos is equally important. Honestly, we have even started extended this family date time, if you will, amongst the siblings in our household. Nurturing a big brother’s relationship with a little sister reaps rewards as sweet as a Mother/Son breakfast date.

There is no substitute for time and attention. We’ve talked about one on one time and that is important. But loving your family well means making your time a priority by intentionally dividing your time for what’s real and what’s important. If you find yourself scrolling Facebook instead of reading to your littles, take the social media app off your phone. There are many facets to a Roadschool Mom’s day. Eliminate the parts of the day that really aren’t important to your family. Your days will be simpler. Your load will be lighter. And your family will be loved.

At the end of the day, tuck your family in with the security of your unconditional love. No matter what has happened during the day, it is important for each and every family member to go to sleep with the confidence and well-being that they are safe and they are loved. Tucking your family in at night will have different meaning in your household based on your family ages, routines, and traditions. But, ending each day with the knowledge that you are loved, wholly and completely, is a true gift to your family.


To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s 5 Easy Steps to Love Your Family Well, tune in to the February 14th episode of Roadschool Moms over at iTunes!

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.

Roadschool Moms Top 20 Holiday Roadschool Resources

  • Dec 6, 2015

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This time of year can be hectic no matter what kind of lifestyle you enjoy. Many families on the road take time off to travel back home for the holidays or simply enjoy their surroundings for the season. No matter what your holiday schedule, the Roadschool Moms team encourages you to Roadschool through the Holidays. These are the favorite homeschool holiday resources on the RoadSchool Moms Approved list this year:

Language Arts & Cross-Curriculum Resources

Homeschool through the Nativity from Intoxicated on Life

All About Christmas from Meet Penny

Holidays Around the World from Teachers Pay Teachers

The History of Santa Claus from Lesson Plans Page

All About Rudolph from Mrs. Thompson’s Treasures

Christmas Vocabulary Puzzles from Road Trip Teacher

Truth in the Tinsel from Oh Amanda

Science

Christmas Science Labs from The Science Penguin

Christmas Nature Study from Our Journey Westward

Tie-Dyed Christmas Ornaments from Happy Hooligans

Math

The Twelve Math Days of Christmas from A2Z Homeschool

Christmas Math Facts from ABCya

Writing & Copywork

The Christmas Story Copywork from Mom’s Mustard Seeds

December Scripture Writing Plan from Sweet Blessings

Reading

Advent Book List from My Humble Kitchen

Christmas Chapter Books to Read Aloud from What Do We Do All Day

12 Christmas Books to Read to Your Kids from Stewardship

Art, Music & Other Fun Resources

Christmas Carols Music Study from Squilt Music

How to Draw a Reindeer from Busy Kids Happy Mom

Christmas Tree Chalk Art from Hodge Podge

Lego Christmas Projects from Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Many of the resources above can be used to homeschool across the ages of your roadschool. Here are a couple of other holiday roadschool resources we found that your middle school/high school teens might especially enjoy:

5 Days of Teen Christmas Ideas from Education Possible

Nutcracker Unit Study from Homegrown Learners

Holiday Math Activities from Lindsay Perro


To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s favorite resources used in their own roadschool during the 2015 holiday season, tune into the December 6th episode of Roadschool Moms over at iTunes!

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.

Roadschool Moms Top 10 Holiday Gifts for RV Families

  • Dec 1, 2015
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With the holidays just a few weeks away, the Roadschool Moms sit down this week to chat about their ten favorite gifts for the RV traveling family:
A National Park Pass
No matter what kind of traveler you are, visiting our National Park System is a real treasure. From the Jr. Ranger programs to the on-site historical resources, there are too many benefits to list all! A national park pass will be a gift that an RV family will treasure all year long.
Prepaid Gas Card
The best laid plans can go awry. A prepaid gas card is always a good safety net to have handy in the RV or tow vehicle in case of emergencies. It just might be the link to saving the day in the life of your favorite RV family.
Gift Cards for Books/eBooks
There are many out there to choose from. One of our favorites is an Amazon gift card because it is so versatile.  Use it to purchase books or ebooks to such as KT’s “How to Hit the Road” or the all new Journey Journal.
Custom Family Map for the RV
This is a great reflection of an RV family’s life on the road. A custom family map of the USA is the perfect visual aid to record the states as destinations are reached along the RV journey.
GPS
A GPS is another gift that can be used by the whole family. Not only is it a great tool for the dashboard of the RV but if it’s handheld, it can be used for geo caching adventures.
Magformers
Even though everyone in the RV family has pared down their possessions over time, kids are kids! And kids love toys. You can check out the FtF Toy of the Year for past years for more suggestions but know that one of our all time favorites are MAGFORMERS! They are great for kiddos of all ages and just as good for boys as girls. We’re excited to let the cat out of the bag soon with the 2015 FtF Toy of the Year.
Laundry Pack
A collection of essentials for laundry-on-the-road is always a welcome gift! Put together a mesh bag or other space saving container with a few rolls of quarters, Purell laundry sheets or other hypo-allergenic products and a box of Shout color catchers and you have the perfect solution to the laundry dilemma on someone’s list for later. Even RV families with laundry facilities on board their rig can use the services of the laundromat every once in a while.
Craft Supplies
A small crate or other container of craft supplies is another welcome gift aboard the RV. Roadschoolers love arts and crafts! They are always looking for new outlets for expressing themselves so put together some of your favorite supplies and give the gift of creativity this holiday season. (chalk pastels, water colors, beads, gems, let your imagination be your guide)
Inflatable globes/planets
Because space is at a premium, some things are better as inflatables. Globes fall right into that category. There’s nothing like a visual presentation of the country or the world we live in. However, it’s not something that is easily stored. An inflatable globe is a great roadschool tool!
Reciprocal Nationwide Museum/Science Center/Zoo/Aqarium Memberships
Of all the gifts on the list reciprocal memberships such as these really can’t be beat! This gift is the gift of many experiences and memories that last a lifetime.
Let’s talk a little bit about some of our absolute favorite gifts from the Roadschool Moms. These are gifts that can’t be bought. These are gifts that can’t be matched. These are gifts from the heart. This year, consider giving gifts of:
  • Time  It doesn’t have to be a ginormous time commitment. Offer to read a book to another Mom’s kiddos for 30 minutes. Watch someone’s laundry for them while they run an errand. Sit down and spend 20 minutes with a single neighbor that would appreciate the time.
  • Joy  Everyone can use a little bit of joy. It can be a favorite coffee, or a plate of cookies, or just a freshly picked bouquet of flowers to send the message.
  • Compliment  This little token can go a long way. Verbally recognizing someone for their efforts or their commitment to something can make a real difference in their day.
  • Smile  Sometimes just a smile and a kind word can really brighten someone’s day.

    To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s talk about holiday gift giving in their rigs, tune into the November 29th episode of Roadschool Moms over at iTunes!

    Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.