Monday, July 22, 2013

Science at the Museum

It's been some time since we visited our local science museum.  For a couple of years we volunteered at the Museum of Science working in the garden with a few other homeschooling families.  We'd get together once a month to help keep the garden clean.  The kids really enjoyed this because they were with a group of friends, we were taking learning outside of our home, and they were serving the museum by cleaning and maintaining their garden. I think this is when our son developed a love for gardening.  It was rewarding and gratifying to see the change in the garden over time. Our first day there was shortly after a hurricane, so the garden was a huge mess.  The kids and some of the parents worked on gathering and discarding the debris caused by the hurricane, weeding, cleaning foliage, planting new plants and maintaining old plants and trees.

So now I'm toying with the idea of getting a group together again to go back to the museum. It would be fun for our daughter S as a supplement to her science curriculum.  We could cover some things that are in her curriculum overview for this year like ecosystems and living things and how they interact with one another.  In addition to working in the garden, the staff at the museum also provided a room for us and a short lesson covering either plants we were working with, a topic we were covering in our own science curriculum, or different exhibits that were being featured at that time in the museum.  I'm thinking we can use some of this teaching time in the classroom to do some lapbooking together. The more I think about it, the more excited I get about it. 

Speaking of excited, there were some changes in my older son's homeschool class options this year and I wasn't sure what we were going to do for science and math. As you know from my previous posts, math is the one subject I don't teach, especially at the high school level. I've been weighing all our options and wasn't sure what we were going to do. So here's where the exciting part comes in. We just found out that Time4Learning has added an online high school curriculum. We've always been so happy with this program. This couldn't have come at a better time.

1 comment:

Kat said...

Science museums (or any museum, really, lol) are favorite field trips here. Good luck with getting a group together...that sounds like fun. :)

Oh, and YAAAAAY about T4L high school! My oldest son and I are very excited about this! :)