roamschooling

c.1300, romen, from Old English ramian “act of wandering about”
Old English scol, from Latin schola, from Greek skhole “leisure, spare time”
Roamschooling is a way of learning which involves leaving your home.

I have been inspired by an Alabama group of roamschoolers whose website deserves its own exploration. Very powerful learning has taken place in unexpected little visits, errands, jaunts, or “field trips”. If you’d like to learn more about how we “roamschool”, the best way to explain it is by showing examples. Here is a by-no-means-exhaustive collection of our roamschooling adventures and an ongoing map which locates the locations around the state and the country.

“It is… nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreak and ruin. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.”

Albert Einstein

SWEET HOME ALABAMA

5th Street Vintage Market (Northport)
Alabama Dept. of Transportation, Fifth Division (Tuscaloosa)
Alberta City Gathering Place (Tuscaloosa)
All Fired Up (Northport)
Bear Creek Farm (Gordo)
Bryce Hospital Cemetery #2 (Tuscaloosa)
Buck Creek Park (Helena)
Cahaba Lily Festival (West Blocton)
Cahaba River Swimming Hole (West Blocton)
Children’s Garden (UA Arboretum, Tuscaloosa)
Community Garden (Tuscaloosa)
County Extension Office (Tuscaloosa)
Critter Creek Farm (Tuscaloosa)
Deerlick Creek Park Campgrounds (Tuscaloosa)
DeSimone Family Farm (Cottondale)
Ecoscape (Birmingham)
Engleside Stables (Tuscaloosa)
Field of Dreams Playground (Northport)
Geological Survey of Alabama (Tuscaloosa)
Hewett’s Honey Farm (Duncanville)
Hurricane Creek Park (Tuscaloosa)
Iron and Steel Museum of Alabama (Tannehill State Park)
Kentuck Clay Cooperative (Northport)
Lake Nichol (Tuscaloosa)
Lake Harris (Tuscaloosa)
Limestone Park (Brierfield)
Lion’s Park (Greensboro)
Little Flanders Field Cemetery (Dayton)
M & O Train Trestle (Tuscaloosa/ Downtown Northport)
Marietta Johnson Museum (Fairhope)
Mary’s Cakes (Northport)
Mason’s Bend (Sawyerville)
Memnon Tierce House (Tuscaloosa)
Moundville State Park (Moundville)
Mr. Chen’s Oriental Market (Tuscaloosa)
Mulberry Fork (Cordova)
Newbern Playground and Fire Station (Newbern)
Oak Hill Cemetery (Eutaw)
Ollie Irene’s (Birmingham)
Old Graveyard (Linden)
Orr Park (Montevallo)
Perdido Key Swimming Hole (Orange Beach)
Petals from the Past (Jemison)
Pie Lab (Greensboro)
“Pirate’s Island” (Orange Beach)
Prewitt Slave Cemetery (Tuscaloosa)
Safe House Museum (Greensboro)
Sipsey River Swamp Nature Preserve (Buhl)
Strode Home (Tuscaloosa)
Tannehill State Park Letterboxing (Tannehill State Park)
Tannehill State Park Hiking (McCalla)
Talladega Scenic Byway (Trussville)
Tuscaloosa Memorial Park and Chapel (geocaching)
Tuscaloosa River Market (Tuscaloosa)
University of Alabama Arboretum (Tuscaloosa)
University of Alabama Herbarium (Tuscaloosa)
UA Museum of Natural History (Tuscaloosa)
Watson’s Bend on Hurricane Creek (Tuscaloosa/Brookwood)
Windham Springs (Northport)

ARKANSAS

Windmills and music (road trip)

COLORADO

Best sledding hill near Keystone (Dillon)
Backyard snowshoe expedition (Keystone)
Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
Ice-skating at Lakeside Village (Keystone)
Lake Dillon walking trails (Dillon)

GEORGIA

Berry College Farmer’s Market (Rome)
Krannert Fountain at Berry College (Rome)
Myrtle Hill Cemetery (Rome)
Old Mill at Berry College (Rome)
Park and lean-to (Atlanta)
Prater’s Mill County Fair (Varnell)
Red Top Mountain State Park (Cartersville)
Stone Mountain (Atlanta)

OHIO

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (Columbus)
Franklin Park Conservatory (Columbus)
Indian Falls Run (Dublin)
Indian Falls Run Historic Cemetery (Dublin)
Monterey Park (Dublin)
Pamela Stavroff Design Associates (Columbus)
Riverbox Tributary Project (Columbus)
The Candle Lab (Columbus)
The Homestead Park (Columbus)
The Short North (Columbus)
The Topiary Park (Columbus)

OKLAHOMA

Sod houses across Oklahoma (car)

KENTUCKY

Fort Williams (geocaching)

MISSISSIPPI

Cotton fields (Canton)
Roosevelt State Park (Morton)

TENNESSEE

Barbeque Caboose Cafe (Lynchburg)

ROMANIA

Bran Castle (Bran)
Bellu Cemetery (Bucharest)
Cantacuzino Palace (Bucharest)
Downtown Brasov (Brasov)
Museum of Natural History (Bucharest)
National Village Museum (Bucharest)
Old Town Bucharest (Bucharest)
Rasnov Citadel and again (Rasnov)
Stavropoleos Monastery (Bucharest)
Village life in Romania (Bran)

TEXAS

A picnic with prairie dogs (Wichita Falls)
Tumbleweeds (road trip)

HUNTS AND WHIMS

A hunt for fairy abodes
Letterboxing
Longleaf pine hunt
Lost Ladybug Project
Shunting at the beach

UNEXPECTED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

The unintended learning adventures which entered our lives because we were open to the opportunity to see and learn.

Doctor’s office parking lot
Making apple juice from fresh apples
The man on the horse

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