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Old 12-11-2009, 06:12 PM   #1
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Homeschool or Home Schooled AS out there?

Hey Forum! My wife is a home school mom and I have a sales territory that covers the entire SE USA. We are blessed no doubt!!

So now that we have our 86 SOV we are considering (well we are going to do it) taking a week or two each quarter while I am in FL or out in LA (Lower Alabama or Lousiana alternately) and "camp" it while I work the territory.

Now Momma will be WELL ARMED while I am gone as we are FIRM 2A supporters here in the SE USA so I am not worried about her safety while I am gone during the day so thanks for your concern in advance.

We were wondering, however, are there any other homeschoolers out there on the road? Any popular homeschool destinations or AS hangouts that accomodate home educated folks? Anybody already done the whole homeschool/Airstream experience and have any advice to offer?

Look forward to hearing from you all!!
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:52 PM   #2
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One of my very favorite songwriters is david wilcox. He and his Wife spent a couple of years recently traveling in an Airstream with their school age son. You might enjoy reading his blog about this or even listening to some of the music that came from this adventure.
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:04 PM   #3
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We're not on the road much, but have a homeschooled teenager. She comes with us on about a third of our trips. The rest of the time she prefers to stay home with her college age sister. She is enrolling in a couple of community classes in January which will mean even less road time available to her.
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:21 PM   #4
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Home Schooler

We home schooled our 3 children. We called it home fooling.
Two are doing crypto linguistics training (Translator?) in the U.S. Marines. The third is 17, works, does martial arts and games too much on the computer we put together.
I proposed calling the school Hog Warts School of Home Fooling for the diploma but was shot down by the other 4. Instead of Headmaster I wanted the title of Chief Inquisitor. Oh, well.

Let no boundaries be your rule.

We did.

Join state and national home school associations. Think of them as cheap insurance. A lawyer is always on call. And you will get help with curriculum, state laws and testing.

Enjoy the time, you will not believe how quick it passes and how soon the kids are gone!!!!
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:27 PM   #5
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Enjoy the time, you will not believe how quick it passes and how soon the kids are gone!!!!
We did not home school, but our daughter did with her 4 daughters. And we can tell you that time does pass so fast, 36 years later, 5 grandkids and 4 greats. Where did it go??? Travel and enjoy all the unbelievable sights you will see and experience.
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Old 12-12-2009, 05:45 AM   #6
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I to am in very much the same boat. We have look at using a company by the name of "K12" K12: Public, Private & Home Schooling Curriculum - Online High School, Elementary & Home School | K12
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Old 12-12-2009, 06:20 AM   #7
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Amazon.com: Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense (9780156300001): David Guterson: Books

Abook on written by a public high school teacher who home schooled his children, you might enjoy it. Same author who wrote "Snow falling on Cedars".
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Thanks, but...

I must have mis-stated my question(s)...

We are fully into the HS thing and members of various orgs, notably HSLDA, etc.

Wife does a nice job with curriculum(s), the kids (9+6) are involved in a bunch of different groups, activities, etc. From what I have seen I find it hard to believe anyone would put their kids in a gubbament school unless there were no other options. But I digress...

What I REALLY wanted to know was:

1. Is anyone out there ACTIVELY homeschooling on the road in their AS?

2. Are there any H/S AS groups out there?

3. Any really cool places to visit/camp for a week or two to AUGMENT the H/S experience?

Thanks in advance!!
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Understood your question, just providing additional info.

Check with Rich Luhr "Airstream Life" he and his wife were on the road with Emma for a couple of years, even stayed at my house for a couple of days traveling around.

Good luck,
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Any really cool places to visit/camp for a week or two to AUGMENT the H/S experience?
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1. Is anyone out there ACTIVELY homeschooling on the road in their AS?

2. Are there any H/S AS groups out there?

3. Any really cool places to visit/camp for a week or two to AUGMENT the H/S experience?
Answers:

1) Yes, we did it for three years and continue to educate in the Airstream for six months a year. In our travels we often met other people doing it with their kids. It's actually not unusual, but most folks don't advertise their life with a blog.

2) There are no Airstream-specific homeschool groups that I'm aware of.

3) Mistral Blue got it right with his answer. But the broader answer is, EVERYWHERE! There's a useful learning experience in every aspect of Airstream travel, if you look for it. Your kids will have the advantage of meeting people of different races, religions, viewpoints, politics, languages, sizes/shapes, abilities, lifestyles, etc., if you let them explore the world -- and I would encourage you to do so. They'll be broader-minded, more confident, and more equipped to compete in the modern world than kids who never got to experience life beyond their own hometown.

Good luck
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