Family put house up for rent, pack a campervan and learn on the road in new adventure

A mum has ditched the classroom and is instead “roadschooling” her children in a campervan.

Kate Hennessey Bowers’ classroom camper comes compete with its own mini library and white board. She has been homeschooling her children Edith, 7, and Clarence, 5, with her husband Danny for two years.

However, more recently, the family decided to move out of their five-bedroom house in Staffordshire and into a mini bus, which they have converted into a home and school.

Their children now learn while travelling around Europe, in what has been dubbed “roadschooling.”

Kate and Danny say they often hold lessons on location including in the woods, on the beach, at a museum or in their own teepee tent.

They are renting out their old home after buying and refurbishing the campervan at a cost of around £10,000.

The van also features a table which acts as a school desk. It has lots of storage for learning resources such as workbooks, Lego, journals, crafting kits, board games, maps and jigsaws and can be put away while they are driving.

Kate, 36, said: “It’s something we have been intending to do for quite a while. It’s still early days but so far it’s what I expected really. There are highs and lows and niggles but equally it can be so serene at times.

“We now live very frugally but it’s a very rewarding way to live. We had to de-clutter and get rid of a lot of things, but that process has been going on for a while now.

“With regards to toys, we have had a one in, one out system for some time, so for every new toy that comes in they donate an old one to charity.

“Due to lockdowns people assume homeschooling means not mixing with other children but in my experience, it is actually more sociable than mainstream school.

“We have a really busy schedule, staying in campsites run by other home educators and doing activities and things with other children and families all the time.

“It definitely gives the kids a deeper connection with themselves and also with nature and the community too. They aren’t learning about history from a text book, instead we go to visit the castle itself and learn that way.

“Cooking has become much more basic, it’s all one pot meals really but we also have an outdoor fire pit which is useful. Of course, we miss our friends and family back home but they do come to visit.

“Edith sometimes says she misses her old bedroom, I think she probably had the biggest bedroom in the house, but they are enjoying this new adventure just as much as us and we can’t wait to see where it takes us.”