Homeschool How-To: Using Museums
Museums are a valuable resource for homeschooling families. Whatever you’re studying, there’s a museum with resources that can help!
In a new series of articles, I present ways you can use museums in your homeschool. You’ll read about the many types of museums that you can visit, and how to make the most of your visit to an exhibit. AND, how to use museum resources even if you can’t personally get there!
This is Part 1 of a new 3-part guest series on the Pandia Press blog. To see all my articles, here’s my author page: Lisa Greenhut
Guest Post Excerpt
This Homeschool How-to is the first of three articles about using museums in your homeschool. Part 2 will be about how to effectively use museum exhibits. Part 3 will discuss how to use museum resources and “virtual visits.”
The word “homeschool” is misleading. It makes it sound like we’re stuck at home all day! However, some of the best educational experiences that we can have involve going on field trips. As a museum educator and homeschooler, I know doubly well that museums are an excellent way to enhance your child’s education.
Why visit museums?
Here are some great reasons:
- You are kicking off a new study.
- Your child is investigating a specific topic
- For a fun and exciting culminating experience!
- For pleasure and fun!
Want to learn more?
- Homeschool Prehistory Study – This study included a visit to the American Museum of Natural History to view the Hall of Human Origins and the Ice Age fossils!
- Homeschool History: Mesopotamia – We used the Met Museum of Art’s Ancient Near East Galleries, plus their awesome scavenger hunt and hall guide, to rejuvenate my son’s interest.
- How to Plan Homeschool History + Free Chart – More on my decision making and planning process. Includes how I schedule museum visits to coincide with what we’re learning.