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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!

Summer Roadschool Rules

  • May 3, 2016

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! Our Roadschool Moms team wholeheartedly agrees that we generally steer clear of any set-in-stone, cookie-cutter parameters that could inhibit or stifle our roadschoolers enthusiasm to learn something new everyday. In this episode, Mary Beth and Kimberly use their radio time to talk about the ways they plan to keep their traveling homeschoolers on the 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 so that differences in  Again, by planning a notebook or binder for this state study, it gives your roadschooler 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., these 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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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.

Roadschool Moms 5 Tips for an Instant Pot Thanksgiving

  • Nov 17, 2015

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Living in an RV requires daily routines that involve words like small, managable, and minimal.  Thanksgiving dinner, no matter where you cook it, has a tendency to be big! This week on Roadschool Moms, Kimberly and Mary Beth share their 5 Top Tips for whipping up Thanksgiving Dinner in Your RV and it involves two words:  Instant Pot!

  1. Get an Instant Pot! If you don’t already own an Instant Pot, this is the time to seriously consider investing in this amazing kitchen appliance. Both Kimberly and Mary Beth were skeptical at first of one more kitchen gadget. But both are in agreement that it has transformed their RV kitchen and cooking routine for their families!
  2. Gather your favorite Instant Pot Recipes. Thanksgiving day is not the time to experiement with new thoughts or ideas on how to make tried and true recipes in the Instant Pot. Roadschool Moms put together their Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipe Book to help guide you through the day!
  3. Make a list and check it twice! Although living in an RV doesn’t always resonate with bulk food shopping or storing grocery items for days, this is definitely the week to find that extra refrigerator or counter space to do just that! Go through your recipes and make your shopping list. Ready, set, GO! (This is a great time to enlist the help of your roadschoolers in estimating the ingredients needed, actually handwriting the shopping list, and helping in the kitchen!)
  4. Don’t wait until Thursday to get the party started! Do as much pre-Thanksgiving day planning and cooking as possible. If you already own an Instant Pot, now might be the time to go out and invest in an extra pot and lid for this already amazing kitchen appliance. Go ahead and cut up any vegetables for ingredients, such as celery or onions, a few days ahead and store them in containers. If you are making deviled eggs, boil your eggs a day in advance. (Just don’t forget to go ahead and peal the eggshells so the inside yolks do not turn green.) Every minute you spend before Thursday is one more minute you can take out of the kitchen to enjoy your family on this special holiday.
  5. Share the Thanksgiving spirit. You don’t have to have come over on the Mayflower to share your Thanksgiving feast. This is a great time to be neighborly and take advantage of your nomadic surroundings. Sharing the cooking load with friends and neighbors takes some of the the heat off your kitchen and also makes for a memorable holiday meal. Kimberly and Mary Beth shared Thanksgiving dinner together during their first Fulltime Family meetup! It’s a great time to make new traditions and memories!

 

To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s take on an Instant Pot Thanksgiving Dinner in the RV, tune into the November 15th 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 Eight Favorite Fall Roadschool Activities

  • Oct 12, 2015

No matter where you are at in the country, fall is upon us. The Roadschool Moms team loves this season and the great opportunity for all sorts of natural learning activities that are a perfect fit for your fall roadschool plans. During this change of season, its easy to find all kinds of autumn related activities to incorporate into roadschooling lessons for all ages. Here are the Roadschool Moms 10 Favorite Fall Roadschool Activities. Just imagine all the directions your roadschooler can rabbit trail into learning more about the subjects they love!

Fall Leaf Collection. You can always take the old-fashioned fall leaf collection route and use it to study the changing of the season. Or, explore the reason why leaves change color in the fall. Our roadschoolers love science and this year we are doing an experiment to separate the colors in leaves.

Seed Projects. Collect and identify different types of seeds. This is a great reading project that can also incorporate lapbooking or notebooking to illustrate the different kinds of seeds that are produced by trees and how they spread.

Nature Hikes. A planned nature hike is fun any time of year but there’s something special about the crisp fall air and the discovery of all the things that change during this season. Road Trip Teacher backpacks have everything a roadschooler needs to collect, identify, illustrate, and discover nature in all its colored glory. It doesn’t have to be complicated. A nature scavenger hunt is a great place to start.

Apple Picking Field Trip. A trip to the local apple orchard can provide an entire day of fun for the whole family. After picking a bountiful harvest of nature’s sweet treats, there are all kinds of apple-treats that can be made and shared from your rig. Take it a step further and celebrate the story of Johnny Appleseed and see where that can take you.

Fall Math Finds. It’s hard to believe that math activities can be found in fall fun but everything from acorns to pumpkin seeds can be used for all ages to count, sort, estimate, graph, and otherwise explore.

Handwriting & Copywork. Fall is all about the harvest season and collecting some of the many verses in the bible about this time of year is a great way to recognize all the gifts of color that God gave us and how we can use these blessings from the harvest.

Fire Safety. October is fire safety month and a great way to make sure everyone in your family stays safe is to teach, talk, and repeat this important message.

Fall Art. All the brilliant colors of the season can be illustrated from your roadschoolers imagination with a chalk pastel art project. One of our favorite resources for this comes with everything you need to know from one of our favorite resources, Southern Hodgepodge.

Over the next few weeks, Kimberly and Mary Beth will be adding to this list for an even bigger variety of fun fall activities to keep your roadschool fresh!


To listen to the Roadschool Moms’ Eight Favorite Fall Roadschool Activities, tune into the October 11th 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.

Getting Your Kids on the Road to Success

  • Sep 7, 2015

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Being the best parent you can be is a priority on all our lists. But, what is the best avenue to reach this goal? And, even after many years of structure, support, and unconditional love, how can you be certain that your kids will be successful at living independently in the real world? Tonight on Roadschool Moms, Jay Forte from The Greatness Zone joins the mix to discuss all the rights things to get your kids on the road to success.


To listen to the Roadschool Moms’ interview with special guest Jay Forte, tune into the September 6th episode of Roadschool Moms over atiTunes!

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.

5 Quick Steps to Get Your Life Off Hold & On The Road

  • Aug 31, 2015
  1. Life on the Road Show ButtonIf you’re new to the idea of full-time RV traveling with your family, we understand you may not know where to start.  In “How to Hit the Road” and “Our Journey Journal,” these detailed steps are outlined to help families set a foundation of success for their adventure.  The Roadschool Moms duo gives an overview of the top five steps for getting your life off hold and on the road.The Big Idea.  Figuring out why this idea is attractive to you?  What do you find appealing about full-time rv travel? What is your motivation for researching this lifestyle option?  Once you have established that you are not in-fact running away from something (which doesn’t work) and have your priorities aligned you can move on to step 2.
  2. People Prepping.  You may be the only one in your family who thinks full-time rving is a viable option.  The second step is making sure every one’s to on board.  Set aside some time to discuss this idea with your significant other and use this time to LISTEN to their thoughts about this transition.  Before you bring this idea up to your extended family and friends, you may want to listen to our show on Dealing with NaySayers and Negative Nellies.
  3. Get Your Ducks in a Row
    A. Stop buying things immediately. Start out with a personal commitment to not buy anything for one week. After that accomplishment, vow to not buy anything for two weeks, and then one month, and so on and so forth.
    B. Start purging. Weeding out unnecessary, unused, and unwanted items is a never ending process in this lifestyle. Begin with small areas, such as a single drawer or a specific cabinet. It gets easier each time. The more items that are pared down now, the less that will have to be dealt with later.
    C. Get out of debt. If you have debt, work hard to get out of it. We suggest Dave Ramsey’s FPU, a great program for families with debt.
  4. Set a date.  The date motivates!  Come up with a reasonable launch date and post it everywhere! This will give you an opportunity to take baby steps toward your goal in an intentional manner.  A goal with no date is just a dream. A dream with a date becomes an inevitable reality.
  5. Come up with a money plan.  Assess your current sources of income and determine if any can be modified to a location independent opportunity.  If not, come up with location independent income stream.  Several shows dedicated to this topic exist over in the Roadschool Moms archives.  Mentoring services to families seeking the transition to a full-time rv lifestyle are now being offered by Kimberly Travaglino, onwer of Fulltime Families.  Together with Kimberly, you can come up with a lucrative independent income stream that can fuel the adventure of a lifetime. Kimberly only takes three clients in a season. If you are interested in more details, head over to fulltimefamilies.com/mentoring to complete the contact form.

To listen to the Roadschool Moms’ five quick steps on getting your life off hold and on the road, tune into the August 30th 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.

5 Tips to Declare a Domicile State

  • Aug 16, 2015
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Fulltime RV families have the opportunity to declare any state in the union as their domicile or residency state. With all the choices, this freedom and flexibility can be leave the decision maker in a state of confusion. While the choice is by no means a permanent one, determining the best option for declaring a domicile state the first time will save time, money, and lots of headaches.
In “How to Hit the Road; Making Your Family’s Full-Time RV Dreams a Reality,” topics like residency, physical address changes, and mail forwarding are discussed in great detail.  In this special mini-series, the Roadschool Moms team shares the top five facts to be considered when choosing a state of residency:

1)  State Income Tax.  These states are free of a state income tax:

  • Alaska
  • Florida
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
  • Alaska

2)  Homeschool Laws. The states that consistently rank best for homeschool freedom and recognize parent autonomy in education are:

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

Note:  For fulltime RVers, the status for state income tax and homeschool laws are the top two considerations when choosing a domicile state. A quick comparison of the states that are the best fit in each of these areas above show three options that overlap in each category:  Alaska, Florida, and Texas. Therefore, we will discuss only these three states for the remaining evaluation of this important subject.

3)  Driver and Vehicle Registration.  Ease of vehicle registration and driver’s license renewal are important factors in this decision making process. Alaska, Florida and Texas are all fairly equal in this category. But, Alaska’s remote location makes it the obvious choice to cross of the list next.

4)  Annual Vehicle Inspection. Florida has no annual vehicle inspection while Texas does have this requirement. The caveat is that if you are out of the lone star state, you do have one week to get the vehicle inspected in Texas when you return.

5)  Health Insurance Rates.
On the part of the controversary regarding health insurance rates, Texas provides a better, more economical option.  Florida statistically has an aged population; therefore, it has one of the highest health insurance rates in the country.

While these five areas of concern are the most common to be considered, a family’s unique circumstances often come into play. All things considered, the majority of roadschoolers that make up much of the fulltime family community, pick between Texas and Florida. In the end, Florida seems to win this overall debate when the Florida Residency Rates for theme parks are factored into the decision.   Overall, a thorough research of choosing a domicile by evaluating state income tax, homeschool laws, driver and vehicle registration procedures, annual vehicle inspection requirements, and health insurance rates should provide a clear answer for choosing a state for residency for the immediate future.


To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s take on choosing a state domicile, tune into the August 16th 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.