Homeschooling in a 300 square-foot RV with four children requires some creativity on our part. Especially when one of those four children is a three-year-old who requires constant supervision. That’s not to say it can’t be done, but it’s definitely not easy. The one thing we keep telling ourselves is that eventually, it will get better. Oliver isn’t easy to manage but we know, as he matures, he’ll be better at this homeschool thing.
Right now, we’re using School House Teachers as our primary curriculum. I’ll write a more in-depth review on it at some point in the future. For now, it serves our purposes. A one-time payment gives us access to all the courses available on the site, grades K-12, which is exactly what we need right now. I don’t like how much printing is required (A LOT), but I do like that most of the content I need is available in one centralized place.
Since we don’t have a lot of room, we have to adapt and adjust during school hours. We have a small shelf that sits behind the couch that houses our notebooks, binders, and other school-related items. Our printer sits on top of the shelf, so the kids can grab their assignments as they are printed. I don’t want the kids doing worksheets all day long, but that’s how we’re learning for now. I’m sure there’s a better way, I just haven’t found it yet. Feel free to comment if you have any suggestions.
Penny and Ben are pretty self-sufficient. For the most part, I can give them an assignment with minimal instruction and they’ll do it. More complex topics require additional attention, of course, but those two are going to move on to the next grade level in several subjects before the end of 2020. Commodore, on the other hand, is a challenge. He’s not interested in school, and never having gone to an actual brick and mortar building means he’s not very familiar with the concept. Plus, he feels like he’s missing out on something Penny and Ben got to experience.
The one thing we really like about homeschooling is that we can spend as much or as little time on a subject as needed. For example, Commodore is working on basic skip counting. I asked if he could count by 5s. “You mean 5, 10, 15, 20…” Yup. Moving on. Comparatively, Penny has been doing two and three-digit multiplication for the past few weeks and Ben has been working on area and perimeter for about the same amount of time. There are pros and cons of traditional education vs. homeschooling and this is definitely one of the perks I enjoy most about homeschooling.
Another cool thing about homeschool is that sometimes it looks like this:
We can also teach the kids what we feel they should be learning in addition to what they would learn in school. One area of importance to us is civics. As a result, we spent a lot of time discussing not only the election, but how the electoral college works, why it’s important to vote, and what it means to be a citizen of the United States. Plus, the kids go to watch their mom and dad performing their civic duty by coming along with us to vote.
One Size Does Not Fit All
In closing, this is simply how we homeschool. If nothing else, there is plenty of evidence to show that there’s no “right way” to homeschool your child. Each family and each child is different. This is what we do. Of course, if you’re in the same boat, we want to hear your suggestions, thoughts, and ideas as well. I’m sure there’s something we could be doing better.