One of my goals for the coming years is to downsize a bit begin roadschooling in an RV a few months out of the year to travel the U.S.
The idea Roadschooling and learning on the road was a big part of why I decided to homeschool in the first place. When we began homeschooling in 2011, the convenience of taking family vacations to places like Walt Disney World appealed to us because we were able to travel in the off-season when crowds were minimal and weather was optimal.
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Looking forward now, with three kids in college, we’re very close to being able to really downsize our belongings and possibly sell our 4000 square foot home and start living a more simple life.
That simple life, in my mind, includes living the RV life at least as part-timers.
When downsizing though, the biggest challenge for a homeschooling family is tackling their book and curriculum collection.
I am a curriculum-junkie and have amassed quite the collection over the last few years.
What I remind myself each time I tackle the bookshelves and bins of educational materials in my home, is that learning happens everywhere and I need not limit myself to teaching from a tangible boxed curriculum.
While it’s helpful to use curriculum as a guide, the entire point of homeschooling is finding what works best for your child, your family and your lifestyle.
I then started doing some out-of-the-box (literally) thinking in terms of how I plan to approach homeschooling in the future when we set out to start our roadschooling in an RV.
In anticipation of hitting the road in a few years, I’ve started fleshing out how that is going to look in terms of schoolwork, specifically hands-on Science on the road. Keeping cabinets of experiments, supplies and books will not work in a confined space as what you’d encounter when you’re homeschooling in an RV.
The Magic School Bus Science Kits alleviate any need for cabinets upon cabinets of supplies as everything is contained in need packets divided by subject matter that can easily be stored in a small file sized tote! This option is perfect when space is at a premium when you’re traveling in an RV with a family!
Not only are the kits compact and full of great science experiments for elementary aged students, they’re fun and can be completed as a group if you’re homeschooling more than one child!
I was quite familiar with Miss Frizzle and the gang because my older kids had watched the show when they were younger, it was a family favorite!
Each kit comes in it’s own cellophane wrapping that includes info, lessons, instructions, supplies and experiments.
As a bonus, with the membership, I received an email each month with additional information on the monthly topic, further resources and tips and tricks. (I printed these emails and taped them to the front of the cellophane wrapper of each kit before filing them away.)
What’s helpful about these science kits is that everything is contained in it’s own package. I was able to store them all in a small bin in my linen closet, they take little to no space, and include most everything you need to complete the experiments!
Over the last year, my son has asked about specific topics so I have dipped in to my Magic School Bus Science Kit stash a few times!
For a better sense of what is in the kits and how we used them, check out the video below.
I chronicled our use of the kits on my YouTube Channel as I do with many of our adventures in homeschooling!
Magic School Bus Fungi & Bacteria Science
Homeschool Mom Day in the Life VLOG
Homeschool on the Road with Magic School Bus Science Kits
What I love most about the Magic School Bus Science Kits is that they’re easy to use, fun and engaging. They make Science very hands-on and simple when you’re just too busy to put together an entire lesson plan.
On their own, each kit in the subscription includes enough info to get started.
From there you can gauge your child’s interest level and easily add to it by finding corresponding Magic School Bus episodes and books to read and watch.
You can even check out Magic School Bus Rides Again on Netflix!
This works especially well if you’re an Unschooler/Relaxed Homeschooler. Some topics are of great interest to my son, while others we just cover the basics.
Exposure and Interest Level vs. Mastery and Redundancy is a significant theme in our homeschool and using the Magic School Bus Kits let me tailor my sons lessons to his personality, attention span and interest level.
If you haven’t used Magic School Bus Science Kits, consider grabbing a subscription now and tuck them away for when your child is ready to tackle the materials!