Are you looking for a fun way to continue homeschooling through the holiday season? Homeschooling with museums can be a special treat and educational at the same time! In my guest series over at Pandia Press, I write about ways to maximize your museum visit. Here’s a short excerpt:
Here are three fun learning activities that will get your child interacting with museum exhibits and connecting to the learning at home.
Activity 1: Label a map
When visiting your museum of choice, an easy way to keep track of what you’ve seen is to have your child label a map. You may want to purchase small dot stickers or use Post-it® tape flags, or simply go with pencil. (Many museums won’t allow other art implements.)
Version 1: Use the museum’s map
This can be as simple as grabbing the museum’s visitor map on your way in. As you move from room to room, you can mark your path. If there’s room on the page, your child can add a word or two about what s/he saw, or you can use a separate sticky note. Older kids might want to color code (i.e. blue stickers for Egyptian artifacts, red for Roman). This is a great way to practice map reading while also creating a memory of your visit.
Pandia Press Guest Blog, Homeschool How-to: Maximize Museum Visits
Version 2: Use your curriculum’s blackline masters
Another option is to bring a printout of a map from your curriculum. For example, if visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Egyptian galleries, you might bring a copy of your Egypt outline from home, or a map of Egypt plus its neighbors.
Read the rest of the article over at Pandia Press!
- How to save yourself time and effort when preparing an activity for your museum visit
- Why you shouldn’t bring your kids’ work from home to work on at the museum
- How to make sure your kids don’t run off during a scavenger hunt
- When to bring along a timeline vs. a map
- Suggestions for awesome scavenger hunts for a variety of museums
Check out the article here.
Want more content about homeschooling with museums?
- Why visit museums at all? What museums are out there? Part 1 of my guest series.
- What to do when you don’t have the perfect museum locally. Learn about virtual visits!
- How we incorporated museums into our history curriculum (and what else we did) for Ancient Mesopotamia
- Our homeschool prehistory study, which included an awesome museum visit to the American Museum of Natural History
New on the site…
- Daily schedule – I’m experimenting with a new format for organizing our days, especially now that we have so many events and projects going on. Our cat Charlotte approves. #homeschool #homeschooling #secularhomeschool #secularhomeschooling #homeschoolschedule #feltletterboard #homeschoolday
- Packing for Boston, almost-6 year old style! We have: – Highlights hidden pictures – Kidding Around Boston – maps, activity sheets & 1 page wonders on different historical sites – Judy Moody Declares Independence – Judy & Stink do the Freedom Trail in this book so he wants to re-read it – Magic Tree House Activity Book – because bringing all the actual MTH books with us would be a whole suitcase – Brain Quest cards – we are on our 3rd set. He loves them! – Crayons – For the activity books. Though he probably won’t use them… – Revolutionary War figurines . I’m a little stressed, won’t lie, about leaving. We’ve got a lot going on here, I’m mid semester in the course I help teach, I have multiple teaching commitments right after we’re back, we’re leaving our cats and plants, etc etc. but we will have a great time & I’m sure come back with some great memories! . What’s your kid’s favorite toys, books, & games to bring on the road? . #homeschooling #roadschooling #homeschoolfieldtrip #secularhomeschool
- Homeschool socialization. Here’s the results from my ig stories poll so far. What do you think about the community & support system in your area? . I was pretty ticked off when I posted this poll. I had just come home from yet another scheduled meetup in which people were no shows and didn’t send a message to let me know. I get that things come up, emergencies happen, logistics don’t always work out. But seriously – three different times this week I have asked my child to stop his activity, get ready, get to a place, and then sit around waiting because no one else is there. Three different times this week with different groups. It is so disappointing to keep telling my son that we are meeting friends and then we are sitting there waiting. My son doesn’t complain – but maybe he should. . I absolutely don’t mind having alone time with my kid, so I guess that’s the bright side… but I’d like to have some reliable homeschooling socialization too…. . What works for you?
- New nature study books! With the start of spring, we have expanded from our study of rocks into lots of growing things. We’ll see if it settles into focus or stays general. . Books: 🍃Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature 🍃It Starts With a Seed 🍃Hidden World: Forest 🍃Finding Wild . Got a few books about bees too – will post those later! . #naturestudybooks #naturestudy #homeschoolnaturestudy #homeschoolscience #backyardnature #secularhomeschool
- Art & exploring deep fears and strong feelings – My son is not enamored much of painting, drawing, or clay. So, it’s through perler beads that he’s started to express himself and process things. . This piece he made has a story behind it. The darker beads are an infection in a body that is being fought off by the lighter beads, the white blood cells. The striped beads on the left are macrophages, special immune cells that consume harmful invaders. . I don’t think it’s a coincidence that my son was on antibiotics recently and has had a lot of dr visits, and he produced this. To me it seems like a healthy way to play out the idea that his body was fighting off an infection, which is definitely anxiety provoking. . I see a lot of beautiful pictures on IG of beautiful watercolors and very artfully arranged art experiences for kids. I just want to say that there’s room for kids to take things in a different direction. . Not everything our kids produce will be cute, brightly colored, or inspired by idyllic scenes. Kids get worried, angry, and sad, and Art is for that too. . When I look at this creation, I see a big patch of black in the middle that the white blood cells and macrophages haven’t reached. Maybe he’s worried the infection isn’t really gone or will come back. I can’t say I blame him. And seeing this helps me to understand how that feels, which is what art is supposed to do, right? . What’s your kid’s favorite way to express their big feelings? . #artforkids #perlerbeads #perlerbeadart #homeschoolart #abstractart #selfexpressionthroughart