Our move has taken much longer than we originally planned. After looking at a ridiculous number of homes, we finally found one that is just right for us. The only catch, is that it is not available yet. In the meantime, the old house is on the market, our ‘everything’ is in storage, and we’ve been paying an extended visit to grandpa’s house in Arizona.
Consistently homeschooling during this move has been almost as difficult as finding a house. By day 20 (yes 20), we are finally getting a hang of it.
Here are 4 tips in case you’re ever in a similar situation; though I really hope you’re not:
1. Less is more.
Long gone are the days of a dedicated school room, with manipulatives, whiteboards, science station, library, etc. These days our ‘schoolroom’ fits in a small box with wheels. For now we have decided to focus on core subjects, like math, science and writing, with an occasional Latin lesson. When we are settled in the new house we’ll ease back in to the rest of our subjects.
2. Flexibility is key.
For 3 weeks the girls and I have been spending our weekdays in Arizona and weekends in California, driving back and forth with 2 dogs in tow. Some days we school early in the morning, other days in the afternoon, depends on when the driving is taking place.
3. Technology is your friend.
Since a great part of our time is spent on the road, we’re doing more learning through audio books, movies and iPads. Books are great, but can make for long uncomfortable car rides if kids get motion sickness when reading.
4. Homeschooling is a lifestyle.
I know this is an obvious one, but it took me sometime to actually get it. Learning happens anywhere and at any time. A schoolroom, curriculum and a plan are optional. The deep conversations during long car rides, the hours bonding with our dogs and grandpa’s stories have added more value to our learning, than any book or classroom could have ever done.
With all that being said we can’t wait until this move is complete. Just 10 days to go!
But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.
Romans 8:25 NLT