Make weekly outings a summer learning experience.
Last year I had great big dreams for a summer school that was lively and unique. We were going to read great literature, get ahead with math, learn filmmaking and cooking and basically expand our horizons beyond our wildest dreams.
Bwahaha. Can you hear me knock over end tables as I roll on the floor laughing? Yeah, that didn’t all happen, despite my best intentions. But, we did do math and reading, so that’s something.
What I’ve learned over the last year is that I’m a homebody. I’d much rather stay home. Well, at least I think I would. It takes effort to pack snacks, lunches, and water bottles, organize kids, and make sure the girls go to the bathroom before we go and don’t throw up on the way.
BUT, once we go, we have a really nice time. I’m almost always glad we went on the outing once we do it. So, this summer, one of my goals for homeschooling is to establish some habits for getting out and about.
It’s proven to be education and all hands-on and stuff as well as beneficial to our family as we get less home-focused and more world-minded.
In the last month, we’ve visited the San Diego Safari Park, the USS Midway, LaJolla Shores Beach, and the San Diego Museum of Art. This week we have different playdays scheduled, but next week, we’re getting back to outings.
On my calendar for the summer are these planned, education outings:
- The Getty Center (free + $15 parking)
- The Getty Villa (free + $15 parking)
- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (free for kids, $15-25, for adults, depending on what you want to see)
- Reuben H Fleet Science Center (free to SD County residents the first Tuesday of every month)
- San Diego Natural History Museum (free to SD County residents the first Tuesday of every month)
- San Diego Museum of Man (free to SD County residents the third Tuesday of every month)
- San Diego Air and Space Museum (free to SD County residents the fourth Tuesday of every month)
- Santa Barbara Natural History Museum ($68 for our family) – this one is debatable based on price
- The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ($77 for our family) – this one is also debatable based on price
When we went to Balboa Park last week we toured the art museum first (about 2.5 hours) and then ate our picnic lunch on a grassy knoll. I asked the kids what they thought. My more artist and creative-minded kids had more favorable reviews. My eldest said it was “okay, but Papa wouldn’t have liked it.” That was so interesting to me!
My husband loves touring art museums, but we haven’t done it in years. In fact, I don’t think we’ve gone to art museums with kids. (What kind of homeschoolers are we?) My kids just didn’t know that this is something that we’ve always enjoyed doing together. It was a very eye-opening comment, and a myth we hope to disspell in the coming months.
If all goes well, we will do weekly “cultural” outings until we leave for Europe. So help me.