As a homeschool graduate turned homeschooling mom, I had a lot of ideas on how I wanted to handle educating my kids. As I head into a new season with child #1 graduating high school and #2 officially beginning kindergarten I have learned a lot, had many ideas challenged, a few things changed and my eyes opened to even more opportunities around homeschooling and educating my children.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the importance of hands-on learning and the positive influence travel experiences have on us. So when we were invited by Texas Travel Talk and the team from Galveston CVB to experience their new homeschooling curriculum, I did not realize how neat the trip would be.
I had been to Galveston a few times as a child, but really didn’t know much about its history.
Something for Every Style of Learner and Teacher
For the very organized and detailed homeschool parent – this new curriculum matches up the TEKS goals, topic areas and grades. It is laid out by section with questions to ask students, understandings at the end of the visit, teacher notes, quizzlets, performance tasks, essay topics, a student-directed section and lots of links to get as detailed as you would like on each topic/location.
For the free flowing mom (aka me) who has kids on either side of the target audience, I was able to pick and choose what worked for my kids. I liked that I could make it fit. This flexibility was tested by my family as both my school aged kids enjoyed the trip — my husband and I learned a lot, too.
I am not going to review the curriculum step by step as you can read through it HERE.
Our 6 family favorites from the visit to Galveston
- Texas Seaport Museum and 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
- Interesting to learn about Galveston’s immigration port and read stories of actual immigrants.
- Exploring the inside of the ship was a blast and memorable for my kids.
- The Grand 1894 Opera House
- Beautiful and historic during the tour we learned about the famous musicians who have played there and how they recovered from the great flood which happened soon after they opened.
- Architectural Salvage Warehouse
- Here you can explore and see all kinds of old building materials being sold and reused.
- Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig
- This one surprised me it was interesting and informative. There were many things to read about and look at from sediment displays to ocean exploration equipment.
- My kids enjoyed seeing the actual tools and equipment used in the drilling and extracting process and learning how the drilling process works.
- The Bryan Museum– former location of the Galveston Orphans Home
- Gorgeous museum with many things to see from art, to saddle collections to dioramas of battle scenes.
- The basement has hands on interactive play for younger kids which was lots of fun.
- The Rosenberg Library – The Galveston & Texas History Center
- The library has a large children’s area to enjoy and you can sign up for a free membership to utilize their electronic resources from home.
- The top floor houses a museum and an archive with extensive collections of letters, photographs, maps and more.
- I encourage you to learn about Mr. Rosenberg who was a man before his time and supported public access to libraries using his wealth to benefit the entire community including free access to books and water fountains.
Pro Tip: Give yourself plenty of time. I felt like we ran from place to place trying to get it all in without fully being able to explore each stop. If they wanted to leave us wanting more it worked! I also have a toddler with food allergies so #3 definitely needs time to eat and run around wild to get his energy out.
One size doesn’t necessarily fit all with curriculum and learning styles. That what is popular is not necessarily the best fit for my kids. Now that I’m starting to homeschool child #2, I hope I am a better and more flexible teacher. Sorry #1 I made lots of learning mistakes on you!