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Back in the good ol' days, before the internet, well, even before homeschooling was a thing, those of us who chose to homeschool had to rely solely on books from the library and curriculum that could be ordered. Now, homeschooling can be so much more fun and can expand outside the four walls of your home.

If you look around, everything around you is an education. Outside your door is science. Spring is here, plants are starting to grow and some of the plants are starting to peek through the ground. Bugs are another source of observation. How many different kinds can be found in your yard? What kinds of trees are growing in your block?

Teaching your children at home shouldn't be intimidating. However, picking up at the end of the school year is another challenge entirely.

The school itself is working to provide the necessary support as you do this.I've compiled a list of places you can "go" for educational fun and some online adventures. (Hey, Grandpa and Grandma, you can check out some of these sites as well, it's never too late to learn to draw or visit a museum!)

Feel free to share in the comments below any cool links that you might have found that would be fun for kids to visit or educational finds!

Websites with Multiple Topics

ABC Mouse

Educational games for children ages 2-8

Education.com

For ages preschool through 5th grade, the site offers worksheets, games and lesson plans.


Story Time

For Ages 2 and Under

Today I Feel Silly: And other Moods that Make My Daya book written by Jamie Lee Curtis

Ages 2 and up

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoesby Harper Collins Then create your own shoes, giving them color and style. You can download our template by visitinghttps://www.taubmanmuseum.org/images//pdfs/Colorful_Shoe_Project.pdf, or draw your own.

Roanoke Baby

Extra Yarna story about a little girl that never runs out of yarn

Craft:Now you can learn how to make your own yarn creations in this follow-along DIY, including pom poms and finger-knitted scarves!

All you need is a ball of yarn, a fork, and a pair of scissors to get started.


Art

DrawArt Dog

Based on the Harper Collins book "Art Dog" learn how to draw your own picture of your own crime-solving dog!

How to draw a Giraffe

Now you can draw a giraffe to put in your zoo!

Draw a Cactus Cutie
Try to draw what you see in your yard and add a few cacti

How to create a Feather illustration

Write your own book about a lost little bird and illustrate it with feathers that he might have lost on his journey

String Art

All you need is string, of course, glue, paper, scissors and string, colored pencils, crayons or markers

Creative Cloud Shapes

Needed items, paper and pourable paint

Tessellations

For children Elementary-Middle school learn how to draw a tessellation!

Paper Sculptures
You'll need paper (any type), tape or glue, and a pen or pencil. Other options could include ribbon, aluminum foil, and more - anything that you can easily wrap and twist.

San Fransico Museum of Modern Art

With varying displays available, take advantage of the opportunity to see art that you might not normally have a chance to see!


Automobiles

Ford Piquette Avenue Museum

As the birthplace of the Ford Model T car, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is recognized as one of the most significant automotive heritage sites in the world.


Science

National Museum of Natural History

Here you can check out displays from the bearded lady and epidemics as well as plants, bones, fossiles, gems, sharks mammals and all kinds of interesting things!


History

National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian Museum is a place that you could get lost in for days, but now you can do that online! Click and start exploring!


Field Trips

Visit theExploratoriumnot just a museum, it's an ongoing exploration ofscience, art, and human perception.

Go see theGrand Canyon! Scroll to the bottom of the page.

Craters of the Moonis a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. A National Monument and Preserve located in Idaho.

Remember the Alamo? You can visit ithere!

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston can be seen

TheWoodstock Farm Sanctuaryin New York is a Facebook page as you would expect has a lot of video of animals on the farm, something the younger children might enjoy!

Take a trip to the Zoo! TheSmithsonian National Zoological Parkthat is. Here is a link to theirFacebook pageas well.

You can also travel to theTennessee Aquariumand visit theirFacebook pagewhile you are "out and about."

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Patty Morgan April 7, 2020, 3:08 pm Rush Revere Book Series http://www.rushrevere.com/ You can sign up to get a set of free books. The adventures of Rush Revere is a Young Adult History Series. The site also includes online printable Teaching Guide and Resources to go with the books. Found here: http://revereintheclassroom.com/free-resources/ Readers get to know patriots like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abigail Adams. Instead of just memorizing dates and facts, readers become part of and truly understand the American story. Originally written for 5th graders, these adventures are loved by readers both younger and older.
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