10 Amazing Homeschool field trips to go to in Florida

One of the best parts about homeschooling is the endless amounts of times you can take your kids on a “Field Trip”. Going out of town and on vacation? Turn one of multiple days “Field Trips days”. Florida has a lot of great places to take the kids and learn something new! Today I wanted to share with you 10 amazing places to take your homeschooler in Florida!

U.S Air Force Armament Museum

Located in Okaloosa County Right off of Eglin Airforce base this museum has planes and I don’t mean one or two, the parking lot is surrounded by all sorts of Military Planes. Admission is free and donations are always welcome. Both my boys had a blast here, its a great place to show the kids what our MIlitary does. We sat down at the picnic table and did a history lesson!

Pioneer Florida Museum

Teaching the kids about the Civil War? If you go here on Civil War Day you can see an awesome Civil War reenactment, you also can learn about how things used to be during the Civil war, see Pasco’s first “School Bus” visit beautiful old homes, a schoolhouse and more! Admission varies from $5 for students to $10 for Adults.

Tampa International Airport

I recently found out the TIA gives guided tours / educational programs for children of all ages! Have a co-op group and have kids who love Airplanes? Contact them to set up a tour! This is definitely on our bucket list!

Full Moon Honey

Learn all about how bees work and make honey here at Full Moon! What started as a way to help their daughter get over a fear of insects turned into a love of bees!

Glazer Children’s Museum

We are planning on going here for our next field trip! A hands-on place JUST for kids! Learn about being a Firefighter, Police Man, Store Clerk and so much more! There is so much for kids to do Build stuff, get into stuff, and even destroy stuff! EVERYTHING is kid oriented!

Kennedy Space Center

Who doesn’t love space right? One of the must-sees in my opinion for kids is the Space Center, While it is more on the expensive side ranging from $47 to $57 per person you can learn so much! Take a tour to see old rockets and shuttles, learn more about NASA  the list goes on and on. We plan on going here after we have finished our Good and the Beautiful Space lesson. Call and see what offers they might have going on or see if they give discounts to homeschool groups/ Families!

Tallahassee Automobile Museum

Have a child that loves cars ( Leo is obsessed with them right now ) this museum is geared all towards old and new Automobiles! Admission varies from $8 to $17.50! They also sometimes have a cool event going on, a great way to learn about some History!

Florida Aquarium 

This one is definitely a must! Learning about Marine life? This is one of the best Aquariums in North America. They even have programs just for homeschoolers where you can go each month and learn something new from scientist or people who work at the Aquarium. Dive in and fall in love with over 8.000 different animals and plats throughout the whole area!

MOSI

Another awesome place that has homeschool programs, each month is a new theme and is really hands on! If you want to go for a day MOSI is a science Museum just for kids, they have some fun exhibits, rope course and so much more! Admission starts at $7.95 for kids up to $12.95 for adults.

Walt Disney World

I know what you are thinking, “how can Disneyworld be educational for homeschoolers?” but stay with me here, Disney has some awesome places to learn about some cool stuff and plus Disney is amazing! Go visit all the animals at Animal Kingdom, go to Epcot during the Flower and Garden Festival and learn all about the beautiful flowers! Come back and see my next post on great tips for a day of homeschooling at Disney!

There are so many more great places for a field trip for your homeschooler! Like State Parks, Beaches, Gardens, and Farms here in Florida! We would love to hear if you have been to any of these places or have been to somewhere else that wasn’t on this list!  Leave a comment below and tell us!

 

 

Target Homeschool Mini Haul.

We’ve been homeschooling for 3 months now, and I realized that Bentley likes to change things up a bit for his lessons. So instead of doing the same thing every day for sight words, or math, I have been trying to find fun ways to teach his sight words or how to do his math problems!

Target has been my go-to for finding inexpensive manipulatives to help with our homeschooling! Here is my mini haul of everything I got, and how we will be using them in the future.

Target Homeschool Mini Haul

Magnetic Letters

I had been wanting some letters for Bentley to use to spell out his sight words and I did find a good set on Amazon with 208 pieces for around $30. I wasn’t looking to spend an extra $30 at that time, so while in the Dollar Spot at Target I found these Magnetic Upper and Lower Case for $1 each set. We will be using these as a rotation for his sight words!

Wooden Chalkboard Blocks

Another great manipulative for sight words or spelling, in general, would be the wooden chalkboard blocks I found for $3 in the Dollar Spot. Great for having the kids write the letters and then spell the word out! Also can be used for mathematics by writing equations such as 1+3 = _ and having the kids write the answer on another block!

Two- Color Counters

This was my favorite find of the haul because I remember as a kid using these in my classrooms. Bentley loves them, we use them for adding, subtracting, and grouping! Also, I’m pretty sure you can write on them with a dry erase marker and use them for spelling as well! These were also found in the Dollar Spot for $3 at Target!

Pop for Sight Words Game

The last piece of my haul was a pretty awesome game for sight words! You have pieces of “popcorn” with the sight word on them and you have to try and guess the word and if you get it right then you keep it, unless you pull a little card with “POP” on it then you have to return all your pieces you have earned, the kid with the most by the end of the game wins! We haven’t played this yet, but Bentley is pretty excited and wants to invite his cousins and friends over to play it with him!

I hope you rush off to Target and find you some homeschool goodies if you do come back and tell me what you found!

 

Homeschool Room on a Budget

When I first even thought about homeschooling Bentley I immediately thought I needed an epic amazing top notch homeschool room. I looked up homeschool room ideas every day for a week. I watched mostly Vlogs of Angela from This Gathered Nest and a few others on how they set up their rooms or spaces. Obviously, something I noticed is that nothing was perfect, and every homeschool space was different. Your homeschool space doesn’t have to be the best it just needs to work for your family. You can use whatever space is open around the house, the dining room table, a spare bedroom, or even the floor if that’s what you want. It is your space to enjoy and do what you want to do with what you have.

We had an extra front room in our house that we dedicated to homeschool. I wanted a space just for school where Bentley could really focus and not watch tv and listen to what is actually going on. I just wanted to show you guys that you can have a great homeschool space without breaking the bank!

That small tote is from the Dollar Tree that I used for Easter one year and didn’t want to waste it, holds our daily workbooks. Also, all of our books are from the library! I could never stress enough about how the library is honestly your best friend, saves such a great deal of money by borrowing the books instead of buying them. If you love a certain book then you can buy it and add it to your bookshelf, It’s a great way to weed out some books the kids just aren’t feeling into.

Whiteboard

We bought our whiteboard at lowes for maybe $15, it isn’t magnetic but works perfectly! You can get a larger size as well and ask them to cut it for you.

Shelves 

Our cubed organizer is from Walmart along with the Fabric organizers but I found similar ones on Amazon as well. Just click here.  I keep all of Bentley’s curriculum other on top or in the fabric organizers, along with all of the extra supplies like flashcards, Manipulatives, and Supplies for anything we need that day.

Maps/ Posters

My mom went to a thrift store and found our large map for us for extremely cheap along with a lot of supplies, I also check the Dollar spot at Target right before school starts to find any teachers supplies that might come in handy!

Our Table

This is honestly my favorite thing to talk to you guys about. I found this table on the marketplace on facebook for $35 and its perfect. It’s basically just a wooden dining room table. It has a little sprucing up to do, like sanding the top and restaining, but It was such a deal it was hard not to say no!

TIP: Look around, shop in different places like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and little Thrifts stores, you honestly have no idea what you can find that can turn your homeschool room into is a perfect fit for your family!

Also, your homeschool room or area will NEVER stay clean… here’s mine after a good days work!

Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Playdoh

It’s finally feeling like fall here in Florida, so it gave me some inspiration to make some new fall projects for the kids! One Major sensory project I love to make is Playdoh! Bentley loves to sit and squish it between his fingers and make snowmen out of them, and it even lasts for a few months so it’s a perfect seasonal project!

Today  I want to share with you my recipe for so easy fall cinnamon playdoh that Bentley had a blast with and smells so good.

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Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Playdoh

 

What you will need:

  • 2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 2-3 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cream of Tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut oil (or Vegetable oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 1/3 Hot Boiling Water

Directions:

  1. Mix all Dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl
  2. Slowly and carefully Stir in Water
  3. When a good base has formed move to counter and knead until fully mixed.
  4. Let sit and cool down
  5. Pull out some cookie cutters and rolling pins and let the fun begin!

This is such a simple and easy recipe and great for sensory activities. Just store in an airtight container and store at room temperature and it should last 3-4 months! Here are some of the Rolling pins and Cookie cutters we used, The kids love the different designs on them!

10 Classic Christmas books for the whole family to read

We love to read in my house. I’m constantly reading a book my self, and I try to read a story to the boys every night I can before bed, we have a huge bookshelf that my husband made in our dining room and It’s filling up with Children’s and Adult books. Now that It’s finally feeling like fall here in Florida that means Christmas is right around the corner ( Because Florida is so great at this weather thing ) and I’m so excited because this is the first year we are homeschooling so we definitely can read all the Christmas books that I plan to finish but never get to them.  I wanted to make a list of some good Classic Christmas books that I read or want to read to the kids before Christmas gets here.

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Little Critter: Just a Snowman

“Snow is piled high and school is canceled. But before Little Critter can build his snowman, he must help his sister wear her snow boots, his dad shovel the sidewalk, and Gator build a fort. Will Little Critter ever get to build a snowman?”

The Spirit of Christmas

“Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. But the best gift of all-the most magical gift of the season-is when we spend Christmas with those we love.”

The Gingerbread Man

After a daring escape from the oven, the Gingerbread Man is chased by a little boy, an old man and woman, a group of farmers, a bear, and a wolf – and he outruns them all! But will the clever fox outsmart the quick cookie?

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving

“In The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving Brother and Sister Bear can’t wait for Christmas and all the presents they’ll open. But during the Christmas Eve pageant, something special happens! The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others.”

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 

“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old. ”

Polar Express

 

A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

“Christmas is almost here, which means ice-skating, Christmas carols, and sparkly lights everywhere—even on Snoopy’s doghouse! Everyone is enjoying the holiday celebrations except Charlie Brown. Can the Peanuts gang help Charlie Brown discover the true meaning of Christmas?”

Arthur’s Christmas: An Arthur Adventure

“Arthur is taking his Christmas shopping for Santa very seriously. He wants his gift to be absolutely perfect, but with Christmas only days away he needs a little help from his sister, D.W., to make this holiday a success.”

The Night Before Christmas (Little Golden Book)

“Since it was first published anonymously in 1823, the poem “The Night Before Christmas” has enchanted children with the story of St. Nicholas climbing down the chimney and filling all the stockings before springing back to his sleigh. Many families read the poem every year, and now they have an edition to treasure. The poem, faithfully reproduced here, is accompanied by Charles Santore’s lavish illustrations.”

Miracle on 34th Street: A Storybook Edition of the Christmas Classic

“For a little girl named Susan, Christmas could be any other day. She doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or magic or miracles of any kind. Then one day she meets Kriss Kringle. As she doubtfully tells him the gifts she most wishes for, deep down Susan finds herself hoping that just maybe, he is the real thing. Based on the original holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street is a heartwarming story about generosity, imagination, and the spirit of Christmas.”

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These are definitely the books we will be reading this year before Christmas. Are there any books, you would add to the list? Leave a comment and let us know what we should add to our list!

5 things I learned in the first week of homeschooling

We recently pulled Bentley out of public school, for many reasons including that the communication with parents was unsettling and lacked tremendously. Bentley has had some problems with school recently with the new changes of starting kindergarten, going from a smaller class size to a much larger and overpopulated class size, from staying in his one classroom all day to now going to multiple places throughout the school. It just wasn’t working for him and he started acting out and getting in trouble during class. So we looked into home education for him, and it honestly is the best decision.

Here are 5 things I learned in the first week of homeschooling.

Have a set schedule 

Now obviously this varies from different families, but with Bentley, I have learned that he definitely needs structure and a routine to keep him motivated during the day.

Plan everything the weekend before.

I had been planning our lessons and getting them out the night before, but I have noticed it just is too much after a long day and that I probably should have gotten them done before the week started,

Go outside more.

Now we live in Florida and this week it rained almost every day all day, so it kept us locked up in our house the whole time, which made me realize the with homeschooling we definitely need to go outside a lot more so the kids can run around and explore.

Expect the unexpected.

Obviously I knew things wouldnt go 100% as planned, thats a given but I definitely was not expecting to have to go to the hospital. In the middle of our Space Science lesson Leo fell and split his tonuge open, we had to rush him to the hospital and he ended up needing surgery. We never finished the lesson that day, and just ended up pushing it to the next day.

The library is your best friend

So when I do something I go all out, I want all of the things, tools, and books. Well let’s be honest that’s just not happening. I started figuring out that spending all this money on books we might read once is just a waist. So I took Bentley to the library and he got his own card and went to the children’s section and got quite a few books and we definitely are going to get more next trip!

The first week was a chaotic surprise, but I still stand with our decision with home education. Obviously I knew all these things prior to starting but it didn’t sink in until now! If you’re starting your home education journey congratulations to you and I wish you luck! If you are thinking about starting, I honestly encourage you to look in to it a lot, it’s definitely worth it!