As far as I can tell, these resources do not advocate a specific religious world view. Continue reading
As summer progresses, it’s only natural for the thoughts of homeschool moms everywhere to turn to planning the coming school year. And you know what that means, a new homeschool planner! It’s kind of like Spring Training for Baseball where hope springs eternal and anything is possible. You know what didn’t work last year and promise yourself you will be more organized this year, or at least make it past Christmas. Continue reading
Looking to get out of the house and learn somewhere else for a bit? This is one of the great advantages of homeschooling, you can go on field trips when ever you want and go where you want. The following is a list of Houston area field trip ideas to plan some out-of-town learning.
The Houston Space Center is a museum next to the NASA complex which is focused on teaching about the history of manned-space flights. They have the world’s largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples for public view. In addition, guests are taken behind the scenes to see NASA Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center.
On the battle ground of the Battle of San Jacinto, you can visit the museum and monument dedicated to the battle and the Texas war for Independence. You will also find the Battleship Texas, one of the last WWI era battleships left in the country. Their website also has a Curriculum Guide to prepare teachers and the students for their visit.
The Health Museum is an interactive learning center dedicated to teaching about the human body and how it is treated. They also have day camps for homeschoolers as well as classes and other programs
As one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States, this museum houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and a variety of permanent exhibit areas that examine subjects including astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, and Texas wildlife. In addition, the museum frequently presents traveling exhibitions on a variety of topics.
The Museum also maintains two satellite facilities. The George Observatory is in Fort Bend County and houses one of the largest telescopes in the country that is available for public viewing. The Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land has exhibits on dinosaurs; mineralogy; exotic, live frogs and more. They also have a curriculum page to help teachers get the most out of their visit to the Museum.
The Houston Holocaust Museum teaches about the history of the holocaust and the dangers of prejudice and hatred in society. Their website has a page with a list of Curriculum Resources and a number of lesson plans for teaching about the Holocaust.
Seawolf Park is located on Galveston’s Pelican Island on a former immigration station site. It is home to WWII submarine, the USS Cavalla. It also has one of only three destroyer escorts in the world, the USS Stewart as well as fishing piers, picnic sites, and a playground.
The Texas Seaport Museum on Galveston Island is a dedicated to teaching about the history of seafaring and of Texans on the sea. They also have the 1877 tall ship Elissa as a floating exhibit.
The Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston covers the history of flight in Texas, and the United States more generally. They have a large collection of historical aircraft and exhibits explaining their importance. As one might expect, much of the museum is on WWII, but they also cover other topics and areas of history. Their website has a list of TEKS centered tours to help teacher focus their visit.
The Galveston Railroad Museum is exactly what it sounds like, a Museum full of trains with information about the history and operation of different types of trains. You can tour several of their rail cars, take a ride on a caboose, and share lunch in their dining cars.
The Moody Gardens is really a mix between gardens and a zoo. They have a Rainforest Pyramid housing different animals from the Giant Amazon River Otters to Saki Monkeys and Chinese Alligators. The Aquarium Pyramid includes creatures from tuxedo-clad penguins to seals, stingrays, sharks and more. The Gardens also have a MG 3D Theater and a Discovery Museum.
One of the advantages of homeschooling is that you can go on field trips whenever you want and have far more options on where you can go. What follows is a list Austin Area Field Trip destinations, all of these should be within a 2 hour drive of San Antonio.
The State Capitol building in Austin is open to the public for self-guided tours during business hours. There are docents available to answer questions about the Capitol and the Visitors Center, and if the legislature is in session your can watch both the State House and Senate from the galleries. They also have lesson plans for K-8 available on their website.
The Bullock Museum is the largest museum of Texas history in the state. It has great exhibits on the history of Texas from the first Spanish settlements up to the modern-day. It also has an IMAX® Theatre which shows all of the latest blockbusters. They also have resources on their website for teachers planning a visit to the museum.
The LBJ Presidential Library is one of thirteen Presidential Libraries around the country. In addition to the million pages of historical documents from Johnson’s career, it also has a number of interactive exhibits which cover the important events of Johnson’s presidency. The site also has a number of activities and worksheets that teachers can use as part of their visits.
It is possible to schedule a 20 minute tour of the Governor’s Mansion. Reservations must be made at least one week in advance and no walk-up tours are available.
The Texas Military Forces Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. It has exhibits teaching about the action of Texans in the military over the past 200 years.
The National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas, is a great resource for learning about the Pacific Theater of World War II. The museum has extensive exhibits covering the causes, the course, and the aftermath of WWII in the Pacific. In addition, they have Living history exhibits on the weekend in which they try to reconstruct what the war would have been like. The also have TEKS-BASED Lesson Plans on their website for use before and during your visit.
The Texas Memorial Museum is a museum of natural history and science. Its exhibits focus on dinosaurs and fossils, Texas wildlife, gems and minerals, and a working Paleontology Lab where visitors can interact with scientists as they prepare fossil finds. Useful lesson plans and teaching materials for your visit can be found on their website.
The Blanton Museum of Art is an art Museum at which you can schedule guide tours of their galleries. They also provide resources for teachers to help plan their visit.
The Center is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation, and promotion of Mexican American cultural arts and heritage. It houses two galleries, featuring local, regional, and national Latino/a artists. Admission is free and tours available by request.
The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center is dedicated to the collection of African-American historical and cultural material. The museum has 4 galleries of material.
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site offers tours of the complex, including the Sauer-Beckmann farm with its smokehouse, Victorian style house, garden, and log house which last about an hour. Among the sites at the Ranch are: the one-room Junction School first attended by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1912, the reconstructed birthplace and nearby Johnson family cemetery where the former President is buried, and the Texas White House.
After the recent shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, renewed debate has sprung up sounding the display of the Confederate Battle Flag at the South Carolina state building and in other public spaces. I thought it would be useful to create a list of some resources homeschoolers can use to make Confederate Flag lesson plans to teach the history of the Confederate Flag and the debates over its use. Continue reading
BASH: Bexar/Atascosa Secular Homeschoolers is a new, secular organization designed to serve those in south San Antonio and surrounding areas in Bexar county and Atascosa county. It is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization with many benefits and activities. There is a mix of social and educational opportunities, festivals, discounts and even a scholarship is being established. BASH is an all-inclusive group that welcomes all religious beliefs and educational philosophies.
The following is a listing of resources for teaching American Literature at the high school level. It includes complete curriculum, online high school American Literature courses, and miscellaneous resources. Please email me with any suggestions. Continue reading
For those who have high schoolers who are not gunning to get a 5 on the AP Physics, Biology, and Chemistry exams or are just looking for a different approach to the traditional high school science sequence, consider a class on Epidemiology. Continue reading
It’s not hard to find lesson plans on political cartoons on the internet. However, many of them seem more about the lesson plan part than the cartoon part. Continue reading
The following is a list of events in the San Antonio area that would be of interest to homeschoolers. Some of these are just general events such as the Folklife Festival. Others are academically oriented including registration for homeschool coops and competitions. Continue reading