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Wednesday, May 2

We're Turning FOUR! Celebrating with FOUR Great Giveaways!

Wow!  When we started this blogging journey four years ago, it was just as a way to document our travels...showing well-meaning friends & family who were concerned about the boys not being in a traditional school that they really could be learning in this road-schooling environment.  

We had no idea that we would touch so many people or have the opportunity to connect with readers across the nation, but it's been an amazing journey.  You guys, our readers, have been a breath of fresh air in a sometimes-stale travelling situation...bringing us new ideas of places to visit, and the occasional goody basket when we've been able to connect in person...and it's been such a blessing!!!

In honor of our four years together, we wanted to give something back to you.  So without further ado, we bring you our Birthday Bash!!  

Included in your goody bags are :
  • Our Top Twelve Posts of All-Time (with even more freebies!)
  • Three Honorable Mentions outside of Gypsy Road
  • Dozens of Free Printables - only available through this link
  • Four Chances to WIN!

Top Twelve Posts

#1  Introduction to Road-Schooling
Hands-down our most popular post, we talk about how to get started with road-schooling (or even vacation-schooling) and address the legalities involved.

#2  Aviation - Complete Unit

There must be a lot of airplane-loving families among our readers, because this tops as the favorite unit study we've created!  It is comprehensive, spanning from elementary through high school work.

#3  Nutcracker - Fine Arts Unit
Christmas wouldn't be complete for us without a trip to see the Nutcracker Ballet, and apparently we're not the only family who feels this way!  Here, we include cooking projects, music education, language arts challenges, and plenty of arts & crafts...all Nutcracker-themed!

#4  Putting the FUN into your Homeschool!
Part of a five-day series on going Back to School, we discuss incorporating field trips into the year and show you some of the best programs for getting deeply discounted {and FREE!} admission to hundreds of museums nation and worldwide.

#5  A Year of Road-Schooling
In this post, we chronicle all thirty-three states that we lived in during our first calendar year of the blog!  It includes links to the resources we used to study each of our locations, and some of our favorites stops.

#6  Journalism Study at the News Station
We all know there's no better way to delve into a project than hands-on...and here we show you how to prepare for a field trip to the local news station.  If you're lucky, you might get to go on a severe weather day and point out to everyone where the tornadoes are!  It is appropriate for all grade levels.

#7  Architecture Unit Study
Geared toward middle and high school students, this unit touches on ancient civilizations, classical architectural styles, and includes several hands-on activities for practicing them.  It has been edited to add a few resources for elementary-aged students so that families can work together.

#8  Read Across the USA!
Developed as part of Dr. Seuss' birthday, this post offers up Seussical activities as well as our popular 'Book It Across the States' free printable pack.

#9  Lighthouses Activity Unit
With a virtual field trip, hands-on activity, and printable unit, this one seems to be a hit with moms of elementary-aged students.


#10 -  Using Games as School
We look at games for their educational and character value, and talk about how to travel with games.  This is a two-part series, where the first focuses more on traditional games, while the second features printable and make-your-own games.

#11   Lego States & Capitals
Here is a set of free printables to make your own Lego states & capitals set!  We love Legos in this house, so you'll find printables, activities, and games sprinkled throughout the site - as well as on our Educents page - that are Lego-based!

#12  Plants & Plant Anatomy Unit
You know you're a home school mom when you're husband brings you flowers and your first thought is, "We could dissect these!"  Has this ever happened to you?  ......maybe I'm just weird.  In this elementary-aged unit study, we get up close and personal with plants!

Honorable Mentions
  • Xander's Farm - Xander is a very sweet, dyspraxic boy who lives in middle America. He takes his chores around the farm very seriously and is a hard worker. He enjoys travelling with his family, playing with Legos, listening to Imagine Dragons, and anything that involves airplanes!  In this post, he introduces us to his family...from his perspective...
  • The Book ShackThe Book Shack is a 501(c)3 organization that brings together families who are able to donate with families who homeschool within financial constraints.  Find out all about what this amazing homeschool ministry does for others!
  • Salty Tribe - When we first started, Jane helped us reformat the blog.  If you've followed us since Day 1, you can see the difference!  If you're looking for bloggy-type advice, she is amazing!  Nowadays, she just taunts us with her beautiful beach pics -- it's our favorite place to visit, and one we don't get to often enough!
  • Unit Studies - In case you've missed it in the past, here is a list of all of the unit studies we've put together on our journey across America!

Birthday Bash Giveaways!
(1) Mystery book box full of NEW RELEASES! (All books are clean)
(4)  "Mystery Bundle" of homeschool resources!  ($210 value)

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