Road-Schooling: How to Homeschool from Your RV

This year has been a crazy one for sure! As many parents face this school year with uncertainty or even frustration, some families are embarking on a new journey (literally): combining homeschooling with the RV life. We like to call it road-schooling.

How Do You Homeschool?

That’s a huge question, and one that’s a little too difficult to answer in one blog post! However, each state varies in its guidelines for homeschooling, so it’s important to establish right away exactly what you intend to do.

If you plan to do virtual learning at home (or in your new or used RV), through your local school district, you can fairly simply stay enrolled and follow your school’s guidelines.

If you plan to fully disenroll your kids from the school system, you will need to do an internet search on “homeschooling in my state” for the guidelines that keep you in compliance.

You can homeschool using a package curriculum, online learning, or the curriculum your state’s schools recommend. The market for online classes has definitely increased exponentially this year, so if you feel nervous about tackling certain subjects, don’t worry! There are countless resources available. Since WiFi is available virtually everywhere, your kids can stay connected to their online classes easily.

Hit the Road and Learn Along the Way

True story: when I was 15, my mom made me take the ACT while on vacation. It was one of the worst days of my life! While that’s not an educational tactic I would recommend, the great thing about seeing the world around you as an educational environment is that learning is never limited. Road-schooling is a perfect way to learn about the ties between history, geography, science, social studies, and more.

For example, start with the National Parks. Whether you go to Yellowstone, the Badlands, the Grand Canyon, or dozens upon dozens of other federal parks, you’ll be immersed in the realization that history always connects to science and geography. Studying different habitats and the wildlife who live in them will be a rich experience of its own!

Other stops – such as San Francisco, Albuquerque, and Chicago, will give you opportunities to immerse yourself in rich cultural history. And the Midwest is filled with learning opportunities about the farmers who help run our nation’s agriculture.

Be Flexible with Your Time

When you think about it, there aren’t actually 8 straight hours of intense, focused learning packed into a school day. There is some instruction time, and some application time. However, the size of classrooms are one factor in drawing out the length of time both instruction and application take.

You might be surprised to discover that a child between kindergarten and third grade might complete a day’s worth of school in under an hour! Or that fourth through seventh graders could easily be done before lunch. This kind of flexibility allows you to hit the books early in the day and head out in the afternoon for sight seeing, exploring, and integrated learning with the world around you.

Travel gives people rich opportunities and experiences that they wouldn’t trade for anything. Many people who find themselves frustrated by a busy life end up regretting that they didn’t travel more. Why not give your kids the experience of a lifetime during this time when our world has flipped completely upside down? Don’t just read about the oceans, canyons, and forests. Go explore them!

When you give the gift of travel and opt to road-school in your RV, you offer rich education that will fill their memories for years to come. We’d love to help you pick out the perfect new or used RV for your road-schooling adventures, so contact us today.

Indiana Dunes National Park: Your Next Camping Destination in Indiana!

This year has certainly been difficult for planning trips and vacations, but an outdoor vacation is about as safe as it can get – and fun, too! Fill up the remainder of your summer with an awesome vacation with your family to Indiana Dunes National Park. It’s a beautiful camping destination in Indiana with plenty of things to do and explore, and gorgeous late-summer weather to enjoy. Read more about planning your trip to Indiana Dunes National Park below!

Things To Do

Indiana Dunes National Park has it all: swimming and flying kites at the beach, hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and more. Read up on your opportunities for these activities below:

  • Biking: Indiana Dunes National Park offers an amazing interconnected bike trail system that spans 37 miles! Learn more about biking at Indiana Dunes National Park here.
  • Hiking: 14 trail systems spreading over more than 50 miles of trails! This is a hiker’s paradise! Read about your hiking options here.
  • Horseback riding: equestrian trails are offered through Glenwood Dunes Trails. You can learn more here.
  • Fishing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and more! Get your boat out on Lake Michigan and enjoy all it has to offer. Read about your options here.
  • Birding: Indiana Dunes National Park is a crucial feeding and resting spot for birds in migration, so bird watching is popular at this area of Lake Michigan. Late summer and early autumn may afford you plenty of bird watching opportunities as migration patterns pick up. Learn more here.
  • Beaches: Indiana Dunes National Park has several different beaches your family may enjoy! Check those out here.

Places to Stay

Indiana Dunes National Park has plenty of camping opportunities! Check out what the park itself has to offer here and make your reservation today!

Traveling and Visiting Safely

These are strange times for sure, but the National Park System is staying in compliance with federal guidelines in order to offer you and your family a safe and fun visiting experience. If you have any questions or need to inquire about Covid-19 updates, make sure to contact the park before you make a reservation or arrive for your scheduled camping trip.

Despite many of the traveling restrictions families have faced this year, traveling in a new or used RV can still offer one of the safest and most memorable vacations you can take with your family. Contact us today if you need some help shopping for a new or used RV, or need some RV service before you hit the road!

Mammoth Cave: Visit this Camping Destination in Kentucky!

Have you ever visited Mammoth Cave with your family? This fantastic national park in central Kentucky is a beautiful and memorable place to take a camping trip. Your entire family will love taking an RV camping trip to Mammoth Cave National Park. Check out some of the great things to see and do while you’re there!

About the Park

Mammoth Cave is the longest known cave system in the entire world – more than 400 miles! The park includes 53,000 acres of forested land. Whether you’re above ground exploring almost 70 miles of nature trails, or spelunking below and enjoying almost 12 miles of caving trails, Mammoth Cave National Park is a great camping destination you’ll want to return to again and again.

Caving Tours

As national parks begin to reopen, following federal guidelines, you’ll want to keep an eye on their available activities. You can enjoy a variety of cave trails at Mammoth Cave, which range from quarter mile distances and easy terrain to three-miles cave trails which are more moderate to difficult. There are even some cave trails that are accessible, so everyone in your family can enjoy this beautiful natural phenomenon.

Caving tours run seasonally and reservations are not required, but strongly recommended. Browse the different cave tours and find the best fit for your family’s interest, skill level, and schedule here.

RV Camping at Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave National Park offers several campgrounds with RV campsite options. Take a look those campgrounds here. Remember, even if things are still closed in the coming days, national parks are working to reopen, and you’ll want to be ready to make a reservation as soon as possible. Now is a great time to take a look at your RV campsite options at Mammoth Cave and get an idea of where you want to stay in your new or used RV!

We know you and your family are probably itching to be able to enjoy traveling again, and Mammoth Cave is a great camping destination in Kentucky. Need some RV service or repair before you hit the road? We can help. Contact us today!

Campgrounds Near Anderson, IN

Anderson, Indiana is proud to feature tons of fabulous RV parks and campgrounds for your family to explore. You’ll love every minute spent exploring this unique area. In fact, many of our customers choose to make Anderson their first RV destination since our RV dealership is located so close to these campgrounds.

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The two campgrounds below are the two that are closest to our RV dealership. These are favorites among many who purchase an RV from us and even our team members who take little weekend RV trips. One of the best things about these parks is that they’re very entry level and particularly good for those who are new to RVing. They offer lots of fun for you and the family, but aren’t far away or exotic, so you can take advantage of them to get used to your RV.

Anderson/Muncie KOA

The White River winds through this gorgeous campground that features a 13 acre island and a mile of riverfront footage. Ball State University is located 15 miles away and offers a lovely place to explore a college town and make memories with the family. Limited availability October 15 – April 15. Beach: Memorial Weekend – Labor Day Weekend. The maximum pull through length is 100 feet.

Features:

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 100′ Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Propane
  • Fishing
  • Firewood
  • Bike Rentals

Mounds State Park

If your family is full of history buffs, then you will absolutely love this state park. It’s aptly called Mounds State Park because it features 10 Native American sacred mounds built by prehistoric Indians known as the Adena-Hopewell people.

At 252 acres this park has the White River winding through it and boasts loads of enjoyable activities. One of the most talked about activities is the walking trails. People love how these trails are carved out and take you on tons of fun adventures.

4306 Mounds Rd., Anderson, IN 46017

Features:

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing
  • Butterfly gardens
  • Dragonfly species that can only be found at Mounds
  • Nature walks

If you’re interested in learning more about our selection of new and used RVs for sale, contact us. We can answer any questions you have and make sure you’ve got the information needed to make the best decision for your needs. We can also assist with RV financing.