I never intended to homeschool the kids. Not when they were babies, not when they started public school, not even after we announced that we were going to sell the house and hit the road.

Homeschool was never what I envisioned. We were going to ROADschool. It’s totally different, okay? (I actually have no idea.)

Roadschool means we’d have to be on the road, though, and since we’re still NOT on the road and still living in a house, and since I can’t just have these kids sitting around playing video games all day, I had to come up with some version of homeschool.

A lot of seasoned homeschooling/roadschooling parents have told me to chill out and go slow as we ease into this new normal. I find myself being cool about the whole thing one minute and then freaking out that my kids are going to fall behind the next minute.

So I had to come up with something that made me feel like we had a routine, and some expectations were set. It’s for me as much as it is for them. In an effort to give them some control over their own day and get them excited about learning, I came up with Homeschool BINGO for each of them. On school days, all they have to do is do 5 tasks that make a BINGO on their own sheets. It takes them about 2-3 hours, usually.

After I shared a bit about it on our Instagram and Facebook page, a lot of readers asked for more details. Here they are!

Each BINGO has 25 squares. They have to get BINGO by completing a row of tasks (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) or 4 corners and the center. Some tasks are repeated a couple times. I came up with them by first seeing what we had on hand in the house already. We’ve purchased some fun workbooks from Usborne (that’s my friend Ashley’s link). I also noted which apps we already have that the kids love. I incorporated a few physical activity tasks. The center square isn’t “free” in this case, but 30 minutes of outdoor play. Then I put in a big order with Amazon to supplement the rest. (All Amazon links are affiliate, FYI.)

This is Leyna’s, 1st grade:

  1. 2 Brainquest worksheets
  2. Create a LEGO structure
  3. Write a postcard– I ordered blank postcards, and they can draw a picture on the front, then write a message on the back. They must also address it to the person they are sending to. We have a few samples with addresses for people like their grandparents, cousins, and Rosie (our pug, living with a foster mom).
  4. 45 minutes Cool Math app
  5. 30 minutes reading
  6. 45 minutes ABC mouse app (get your first month free with this link)
  7. Color a United State page – We also talk about what’s written on the page.
  8. Math flashcards
  9. Listen to a podcast- We like Circle Round for Leyna.
  10. 20 jumping jacks, 2 runs up the stairs, 1 run around our (huge) yard
  11. Color a human body page – Like the US coloring book, we talk about the page she’s coloring. It’s very informative!
  12. Watch a Kids TEDX talk
  13. 30 minutes of outdoor play
  14. 2 page journal entry- For Leyna, this is a 2 page picture with a sentence written below it. This can be about anything, but sometimes I ask her to do this about the podcast or TEDX talk or nature documentary she watched.
  15. 2 pages in Adding & Subtracting Activity Book
  16. Watch a nature documentary (usually something on Netflix)
  17. Wikki Sticks for 30 minutes
  18. Outdoor observation journal- go outside, find something cool, come in and research it, write a couple pages about it, draw a picture of it
  19. Spelling flashcards
  20. 2 handwriting workbook pages
  21. Draw an animal, list 3 facts about it

And for Kendall, 4th grade:

  1. 3 Brainquest worksheets
  2. Write a postcard
  3. Create a LEGO structure
  4. 45 minutes Cool Math app
  5. 45 minutes reading
  6. 1 Engineer Academy activity
  7. 45 minutes BrainPOP app
  8. 2 Mad Libs 
  9. Listen to a podcast- We like Wow In The World for Kendall.
  10. 30 jumping jacks, 2 runs up the stairs, 1 run around the yard
  11. 45 minutes Bloxels
  12. Watch a Kids TEDX talk
  13. 30 minutes outdoor play
  14. 2 page journal entry- For Kendall, this is two written pages.
  15. 2 pages in Write & Draw Your Own Comics workbook 
  16. 45 minutes Khan Academy (I replaced “watch a nature doc” with this recently)
  17. 2 pages in the Creative Writing workbook
  18. Outdoor observation journal
  19. Vocabulary flashcards
  20. Read 1 entry in the Boys Best at Everything book
  21. Multiplication flash cards
  22. Minecraft Math workbook
  23. Read 1 entry in How Stuff Works
  24. 45 minutes on Prodigy

We’ve been using these for a week and a half and they’ve been a great solution. I have them saved as .PSD files so I can easily make changes, move things around, and substitute tasks. I’ll probably change them up next week.

A few of you asked if you could download the template, so here’s one that’s blank. You can print this and handwrite your own tasks… (link here to full-size original)

Or you can download the .PSD version here if you want to add your tasks in Photoshop.

I’d love to know how you end up using this and what tasks you put in yours! A few people have told me that even though they don’t homeschool, this has been a great way to get kids to do chores and homework.

For those wondering why we aren’t signed up for a specific curriculum, we’re basing most of what we learn, day to day, on where we will be and the places around us once we hit the road. The basics- math and reading- will be something we focus on, for sure, and I imagine a lot of that will happen in the RV in our downtime. The rest will come together on it’s own as we go.