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Home Study Field Trip – July

1 Aug

We recently spent a week in Oklahoma visiting my Grandmother, and I took advantage of the different scenery and planned our home-study field trip for July to take place there. We visited the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, and it turned out to be a fantastic choice for a field trip.

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The Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art โ€” Gilcrease Museum โ€” opened in Tulsa on May 3, 1949. Collector and oilman Thomas Gilcrease (1890-1962) created this private museum.

Gilcrease Museum is one of the country’s best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. The museum’s charm, beauty and art collections draw thousands of visitors from around the world to the Osage hills for a glimpse into the past. Gilcrease Museum houses the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West. The museum also offers an unparalleled collection of Native American art and artifacts, as well as historical manuscripts, documents and maps.

The museum, and gardens and grounds surrounding it, took several hours to go through. We planned a little poorly and arrived at 11:00, and by 2:00 we were about to pass out from hunger (having not eaten since breakfast) and for that reason we went through the last part of the museum very quickly. I wish we had arrived an hour earlier and then we would have had plenty of time to look at everything.

After lunch I had the girls do the worksheets I had printed at home on education.com, and brought with us on our trip. It pays to plan ahead!

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Homestudy Field Trip – June

30 Jul

In June I took my girls to the Dallas Arboretum for our home-study field trip, and my mom went with us. I had pre-purchased our tickets through Groupon for a great deal, only $6 per person instead of the regular price of $15. We did have to pay for parking in addition to that, which was $10.

We had never been to the Arboretum, and aside from the summer temperatures it was really nice. I would like to go back in the fall or spring, when we can enjoy the weather more! There was a lot to look at, including a little village where I took this picture, and it took us several hours to get through most of it. Toward the end we were so hot and tired, we just went as fast as we could!

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I brought along worksheets from education.com for the girls to do while we ate lunch.

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Homestudy Field Trip – May

1 Jun

For our field trip in May I took the girls to Sunshine Glaze to paint pottery! I had purchased a Groupon where I got $20 to spend there for only $10. My oldest picked a small plate, and my youngest a small decorative bowl. They had so much fun painting them!

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When we got home they did pottery themed worksheets. I had to look hard for these! I spent a good deal of time on google before I found something suitable. My oldest had a 2 part worksheet; one page of pictures and history of pottery designs, and one page to design her own pot based on the designs she read about.

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My youngest did a handwriting/coloring worksheet.

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Homestudy Field Trip – April

22 Apr

For our home-study field trip in April, I took my girls to the Fort Worth Zoo. We went after I picked up my oldest from school, so we ended up with an hour and a half to explore and covered roughly half of the zoo. Despite not having enough time to see everything it was the perfect time of day to go, we pretty much had the place to ourselves!

Here we are in the Texas themed part of the zoo ๐Ÿ™‚

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After we spent as much time as we could exploring the zoo, we went to dinner at a nearby cafe McKinley’s. While we were waiting for our food the girls worked on the worksheets I had previously printed and brought with me. My 3rd grader worked on her cursive handwriting (something that is severely lacking in her public school!), and a zoo theme word search. My pre-k girl did some basic math (subtraction), and a fun zoo themed sudoku that she had to cut and glue (working on those fine motor skills!).

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Homestudy Field Trip – February

27 Feb

For our February home-study field trip, I took the girls to see Flight of the Butterflies at the Omni. We all enjoyed the movie!

MV5BOTI3NDA1MTU5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTg4NjI0OA@@._V1_SX214_The iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a secluded place it has never been. Follow the monarchs’ perilous and extraordinary journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico. For the first time ever, look inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find their secret hideaway, with the help of citizen scientists across North America. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies.

I took along butterfly themed worksheets that I found on education.com. One math, and one drawing worksheet for my 3rd grader; and one math, and one fine motor skills worksheet for my preschooler. They worked on those while we waited in line to go into the theater. My oldest had a bit of a bad attitude about doing her worksheets this time, but my youngest was more than happy to.

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