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
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