Back in August I took the girls to a local movie theater, for a special showing of March of the Penguins. I found the film very interesting, but I am a sucker for documentaries. The film kept the attention of my nine year old, but my five year old was bored after awhile.
After the movie we headed home, and I had them work on a few penguin themed worksheets. My five year old did the worksheets on the left, and my nine year old the worksheets on the right.
We have not gone on a home field trip since school started at the end of August, our schedule has been too hectic. I am hoping to get back into the swing of things after the holidays, because I feel these trips are so important!
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!
I brought along worksheets from education.com for the girls to do while we ate lunch.
For spring break our family drove to Richmond, VA. I thought it would be a good idea to take advantage of being in a different part of the country, and have our homestudy field trip there.
We chose to visit historic Jamestown for our field trip! We went to Jamestown Settlement where you can explore and learn about 17th century Virginia, and America’s first permanent English colony founded in 1607. There were films, gallery exhibits, and outdoor living history. It was all very interesting, and personally I could have spent a lot more time exploring the museum exhibits but we let the kids lead the way.
Back at the hotel I pulled out the worksheets I had printed at home before we left. My 3rd grader (public school) did two 4th grade level reading worksheets, and my pre-k girl (private school) did a 2nd grade level coloring worksheet. Originally my plan was to visit Colonial Williamsburg, so their worksheets were geared a little more towards the Revolutionary War, but they didn’t seem to notice and they still learned about early American history.
I recently read about this new website, launching April 2nd, over at Hip Homeschool Moms and I wanted to share it with you. Educents.com will offer study guides, educational software, curriculum, learning tools and toys, special needs products, videos and tutorials for all subjects, and much, much more-at 30-90% OFF!
Right now the company is offering $10 store credits to everyone that preregisters! I have already signed up, and hope this will be a useful tool as I supplement my daughter’s public education.