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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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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 – 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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