Sometime last spring a friend of mine asked me if we would like to join her family on a camping trip. I declined. In fact, I think the response was something along the lines of “I don’t camp.” And then I proceeded to explain that while I liked the idea of camping, the actualities of it; dirt, hiking, etc where not my idea of fun. How we got from there to here, I have no idea.
I think it planted a seed. And it grew… and grew. My kids love camping. At least they think they do. So why not? I had this idea that we could pack up the car (minivan – because I have three kids, after all) and go somewhere. Really, we could go anywhere. Couldn’t we? This small idea has grown to a full blown roadschooling trip.
Planning for Our Trip
I printed out a wall size map of the United States and asked my kids where they wanted to go. The 8 year old responded with the Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Statue of Liberty. (Hmm, perhaps we need to refocus on geography?) The 6 year old also picked Mt. Rushmore, but added in that he wanted to see a volcano. Sure kid, why not?
We’ve spent the better part of the summer gearing up, and bright and early on Wednesday I will depart with my 8 and 6 year old for our grand adventure. We have a rough route planned out, a tent, and all our gear. I decided last minute to leave the smallest tyrant (I mean 4 year old) at home with dad (someone has to work to pay for this trip, right?). We have our KOA membership, AAA and our ASTC passport in hand. We are also using the Every Kid in a Park pass for free entrance into the National Parks. If you don’t know about this program, it give every 4th grader and their family free admission to all National Parks for a year. Check it out.
So many people have asked me to blog about this, and I’m thankful to my friend Lauren at Nashville Fun for Families for giving me the platform to do so. Feel free to follow along, if you’re so inclined.
And for those of you that don’t know me, I’m a homeschooling mom of 3, ages 8, 6 and 4. I own a printing and branding business that I work from home. This is important only in that my husband will be at home taking care of my customers while I’m off on this grand adventure. We’ll see how that goes.