Taking school on the goooo……

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We had an oportunity come up where we had an open week, Thursday to Thursday, where we could head over to Louisiana and see some really neat places….and with our home school freedom, we have discovered the great home school mobility!

This became a challenge for me. How can I bring us there and make this fun, but still learn a few things along the way…..

Before we left I started…

Justin: The easy one 😉

He was getting his first real visit to the Zoo and Aquarium! We tried a trip a few years back where he got sick, and doesn’t remember it. He was coming unglued he was so excited!

My first discover was these CUTE passports!

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They have them for the Zoo AND the Aquarium!

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These were a huge hit. I bought card stock to print them out on and they turned out FANTASTIC…..then I forgot them at home. I was SO upset. Not him. ME! So after an hour or so of pouting I had an IDEA! I pulled up education.com on my Iphone, took screen shots, uploaded them to Walgreens, and printed them at a nearby store! Turned out PERFECT! I picked up some sharpies for him to write on the photos with, and tied some wrapping ribbon so he could hang it around his neck! I also dug out an old stamp from the girls collection and stamped it when he found them! It was TOO much fun!

If you would like them they are FREE here..

http://www.education.com/worksheet/article/zoo-passport/

http://www.education.com/worksheet/article/aquarium-scavenger-hunt/

Keeping with the animal theme…..and alongside sisters Biology….Justin was getting an early intro into classifying animals! Then it was Insect? and eggs? and mammals? and nocturnal? He also colored pages all about the great state of Louisiana! The shape! The BIRD! The gators…OH MY!

He loved some, liked others….but you just cant beat doing school while curled up in a hotel bed in an exciting new town!

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http://www.homeschoolshare.com/animal_classification_lapbook.php

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Animals-Insects-Mammals-Oviparous-and-Nocturnal-Animals-943613

With the girls doing Biology we focused on the animals with classification. Index cards held together with a ring were carried through the zoo and aquarium to find the classifications……whiiiich they have removed from the description boards. SO it became pick your faves and look up the classifiers when we get back….to the hotel!

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They were also researching Louisiana history and geography!

So we hit the road…..Capital Building, Louisiana State museum, Louisiana Arts and Science museum, Louisiana State Museum – Patterson, WWII museum, Aquarium of the Americas New Orleans, Baton Rouge Zoo, LSU campus, LSU museum of Natural History, Audubon Zoo, and Insectarium!

Whew!

Too add some umph to the running around the girls were given some Louisianacentric assignments! The change-up from their regular curriculum worked out great. With these assignments the places we went came a little more alive.

Lets have a dinner party and invite 14 figures from Louisiana history! I also had them paying attention to the historical markers around town. MANY times THEY stopped ME to point one out and make sure we stopped and read it!

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http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Louisiana-roadside-marker-796457

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/LOUISIANA-Come-To-DINNER-822205

The girls are in the midst of biology and I remember when I was younger the animal classifications being on the info boards at the zoo….they aren’t anymore. LOL So they PICKED their fave animals to classify at the aquarium and the Audubon zoo.

To (hopefully) add a little fun to the process I found this neat book for them to put together. Find some Atypical animals and classify them…..AND play with colors 😉 Even fun for middle school girls!

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http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classification-Taxonomy-Project-Create-a-Book-of-Atypical-Animals-421243

 All in all this took some extra prep, and we COULD have just stuck with their regular course load, but by the time we left the girls could tell you the date that Huey P. Long was assassinated and what the state bird and symbol were, and are fully invested in classifying some crazy animals!

We got to get out and about and have a bunch of fun and STILL learn along the way…

Going with this one being a Home school WIN 😉

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Rebekah
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 07:47:37

    So….when do they get to have school in Virginia? Morgan and I are waiting. 😉

    Reply

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