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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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Summer Workbooks

20 Jul

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According to The National Summer Learning Association, all young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months, and some students also lose more than two months in reading achievement. For this reason, we continue learning through the summer months!

This summer I have my girls doing several different things to further their education.

My 4th grader is keeping a summer journal, where she writes each day’s activities. She is participating in a girls book club with four of her peers, and they are reading 1 book every two weeks and then meeting to discuss the book. She is also working through a 3rd to 4th grade bridging workbook that covers a variety of topics, and a cursive handwriting workbook. She is reading a book for 8 – 10 year old girls called The Care and Keeping of You, and another book called The Feelings Book.

My Kindergartener is keeping a summer “journal”, where she draws pictures of each day’s activities. She is also working through a PreK to K bridging workbook, and a basic handwriting workbook.

I feel really good about what they are accomplishing this summer, although we most likely will not finish all the books before school starts back. What do you have your kids doing over the summer to help them stay on track with their education? I would love to hear your ideas!

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 – March

29 Mar

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.

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Educents.com

20 Mar

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!

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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.

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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Traveling Families

28 Jan

I have an acquaintance here in our town that, together with her husband, made the decision last year to travel the United States for a year as a family. They sold their house and most of their belongings, bought an RV, and pulled their two elementary school age boys out of public school. They have been on the road ever since! They are homeschooling the boys, and learning by seeing and doing. They are experiencing the world first hand, and it is inspiring.

I recently discovered a blogger whose family has just embarked on a similar journey, although for them it is traveling around the world. They have four young children, two elementary school age and two younger, and will be home-schooling them as they travel. I will be following their adventures on their blog.

I find this life-style so attractive and inspiring. I love traveling, seeing new places, and experiencing new things with my family. I have issues with the public school system in Texas, and in the United States in general, so home-school (or some other alternative) is more appealing to me than in the past. However, I don’t know if we could ever take that leap ourselves…seems so crazy to even think about!

Are you a family that home-schools your children while traveling? Would you be interested in this kind of life adventure?