Thursday, July 20, 2017

Flight Learning with Doctor Aviation (A Homeschool Coffee Break Review)

Flight Learning with Doctor Aviation (A Homeschool Coffee Break Review for the Homeschool Review Crew) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Doctor Aviation is an online aviation and aviation history course suitable for high school study. Read our full review! 

This review opportunity was a first during my time with the Homeschool Review Crew, because although my husband has enjoyed some review products with me or with the kids in the past, this was the first time that HE was the primary user of something we reviewed! He's been interested in airplanes and flying for many years, and has often said he wished he'd been able to take pilot training when he was young, so getting the chance to delve into aviation video training from Doctor Aviation really appealed to him.

Doctor Aviation

Doctor Aviation is an online educational resource for anyone who wants to learn more about aviation. With 24 years of experience in the Air Force, Daryl Smith (aka Doctor Aviation) was a Command Pilot with over 2000 flying hours in a variety of aircraft. Many of those hours were accumulated as an instructor pilot and as a research pilot; and he also was an aviation instructor at the United States Air Force Academy. As a current college professor, he decided to do something to make the world of aviation available to learners of all ages through the internet. The Doctor Aviation course is a self-paced video study with downloadable study guides teaching about the science of flight, aircraft maintenance, air traffic control, airport management, and aviation history. It's a great study resource for anyone interested in some aspect of aviation as a career, for high school students looking for an unusual elective credit, or for anyone who is fascinated by flight and wants to learn more.

The course includes a total of 15 lessons, each with a 45-60 minute instructional video and an accompanying pdf file of guided notes and further reading or study suggestions. The extra suggestions include books or articles to read, videos, hands-on activities, research and writing assignments, and websites to explore. For students intending to get high school credit for the course, it's recommended that they complete all of the additional suggested reading and activities. There are exams at the ends of Sessions 5, 11, and 15 that are recommended for students earning credit. Practice quizzes appear at the ends of the other sessions, and the answers are included for study purposes. In order to take the exams, you need to use the provided "Contact" link to Doctor Aviation to obtain the exam.

Briefly, the course covers the following:
  • Session 1 - Course Overview: The Aviation System
  • Session 2 - Major Components of an Airplane
  • Session 3 - Axes and Forces
  • Session 4 - Why an Aircraft Flies: The Secret of Airfoils and Lift
  • Session 5 - Why an Aircraft Turns, Pitches and Slides: The Flight Controls
  • Session 6 - The Secrets of Radar
  • Session 7 - How Air Traffic Control Works
  • Session 8 - Aircraft Maintenance - Propeller Engines
  • Session 9 - Jet Engines
  • Session 10 - Running a Large Airport
  • Session 11 - The Small Airport and Running an FBO
  • Session 12 - Flying the the Clear and Not So Clear Air: VMC and IMC
  • Session 13 - Important Pilot Instruments - Attitude Indicator
  • Session 14 - Important Pilot Instruments - Airspeed Indicator
  • Session 15 - Other Aviation Ships: Gliders, Helicopters, Airships

How did we use it?  Honestly, I was disappointed - although perhaps not surprised - that my son wasn't interested in the course. After all, Landon is the one that's been in Civil Air Patrol for so many years! Still, although he enjoyed his both his powered and non-powered orientation flights, he has never aspired to pursue his own pilot training. He has enjoyed working on the ground with aircraft though, so maybe those later sessions on air traffic control and running airports will draw him in. But that comes later. Right now, it's his dad (I'll call him DH for the rest of this post) that has been working through the Doctor Aviation course.

Since DH is doing this in little bits of spare time when he isn't working, and isn't planning on it for high school credit or preparing for a career change, he is probably going at a slower pace than what I'd expect or recommend for students with those objectives, and he isn't spending time on all the suggested extra reading. He's also not doing extra assignments or the Exams for credit. However, DH is watching the videos, using the guided notes provided, and exploring most the websites referenced.

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Each video lesson includes four components, and DH particularly liked the way the lessons were divided into Technical Trivia, Notable Innovators, Legendary Aircraft, and Aviation Events. In each lesson there was technical and scientific information as well as aviation history that covered important events and people; but all were related to the main topic of the session.

The student dashboard makes it easy to see which lessons he's marked complete and where he left off his last session. Even though a lesson has been marked complete, he can still go back and view it again; and he can skip ahead without having completed lessons as well. Although this probably wouldn't be a good idea for students working through the course for credit, it can be very handy. Let's say you'd just started the course but had an opportunity to go on a field trip to a small airport, which is the subject of Session 7, or to go on a glider flight, which is discussed in Session 15. Then it's a great idea to skip ahead and watch the video and look at the notes in order to get the most out of your opportunity; then pick up where you left off.  

The study guides clearly state the Session Objectives at the beginning, so you know what you'll be learning and what you should be able to do or explain after completing the lesson. DH said the notes were easy to follow along with, but did find a few spots where they didn't seem to match up perfectly with what was being said in the video. That said, he was able to fill in every blank!

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Flight Learning with Doctor Aviation (A Homeschool Coffee Break Review for the Homeschool Review Crew) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Doctor Aviation is an online aviation and aviation history course suitable for high school study. Read our full review!

He found that in some Lessons he could "rewind" the video just a short way in order to replay something a minute or two ago that he missed, but in some the cursor or progress bar at the bottom of the video screen did not appear, so he could only pause, play, or restart all the way from the beginning. We think this is a quirk of the Vimeo platform used for the video lessons, because we've had the same issue on other sites. DH said sometimes he was so busy writing or looking for the blank to fill in on the notes that he wasn't watching the screen and worried that he was missing something on the video. The simple fix was to pause and restart the video often, but it would have been handy to be able to go back and replay from just a minute ago to see or hear something again. 

According to DH, the instructor is knowledgeable and easy to understand. He thought it would be helpful to include more graphics during the video that make it clear when the instructor talks about something that is in the notes and should be written down. Difficult words and technical terms should be shown on the screen to help students with correct spelling. DH is a well-educated adult and a good speller (also I'd correct him if he was wrong! Ha!!) but admits he second-guessed spellings of some terms, so he was trying to imagine the trouble a young person might have figuring out how to spell "aileron" or "gyroscope". 

Flight Learning with Doctor Aviation (A Homeschool Coffee Break Review for the Homeschool Review Crew) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Doctor Aviation is an online aviation and aviation history course suitable for high school study. Read our full review!

What we liked best:

  • knowledgeable, clear instruction with a balance of technical and historical segments in each lesson
  • easy to use dashboard, with the ability to replay completed lesson videos and to skip ahead to later lesson videos
  • lots of suggestions for further study, including books, websites, movies, and places to visit. So far DH has only been able to explore the websites, but the wealth of resources listed for learning more is impressive.

What we need to mention:

  • we couldn't always replay just short segments of the video, and had to make ample use of the pause button in order to get all the notes completed.
  • more diagrams or graphics inserted into the video, or just the technical terms shown on the screen would make spelling and note-taking easier.
Our bottom line: DH has been enjoying Doctor Aviation and being able to indulge his personal interest in aviation and aviation history. Based on what he's told me and what I've seen myself with this resource, I think it's such a creative approach to earning high school credit for homeschooled students and is just the kind of course that a lot of dads, in particular, would love to study along with their teen. If Landon had been able to do this course while he was still in high school, he would have had a very impressive set of elective credits in aeronautics and aviation, since it would have been an excellent accompaniment to his involvement in Civil Air Patrol. In summary, our family warmly recommends Doctor Aviation to homeschooled high schoolers looking for a unique elective; to members of Civil Air Patrol looking for additional resources; and to young people interested in any career related to the aviation industry.

Doctor Aviation

Would you like to learn more about aviation from Doctor Aviation himself? Here's what you need to know:
Visit the website: www.DoctorAviation.com

Pricing: $99 for the half-year course subscription

Age Recommendation: Suitable for all ages, although younger students would need parental assistance. 

You can follow Doctor Aviation on Facebook and on Twitter.

Visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog for more information and to read other reviews.

Aviation Course {Doctor Aviation Reviews}

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Four Keys to a Successful Homeschool Field Trip on The Homeschool Post

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There are so many wonderful field trip opportunities out there for homeschoolers, and a lot of those are even better with a group. However, that means someone has to do at least a little bit of planning and organizing. Sometimes that person has been me, and since my planning and organizing skills don't come naturally, I've learned (sometimes the hard way) at least four things to keep in mind when planning a great field trip with a group!

It pays to do your homework and get as much information about your destination and what to expect ahead of time. Many museum, zoos, and historic sites do have homeschool programs (and discounts) available already, so be sure to ask if there's a discount or program for homeschoolers that you can take advantage of. Know the boundaries - things like limits to the size of the group, age guidelines, and safety rules. And then communicate clearly with your group so that everyone knows what to expect, and minimize your own headaches and stress.

Join me over at The Homeschool Post for the rest of this post with more tips for pulling off a well-organized field trip. And as always, you'll find lots of helpful articles there about all kinds of homeschool topics.

Need ideas for places to visit? See my post from last week: Six Ideas for Your Next Field Trip, and continue on to the Field Trip Inspiration Round-up where members of the Homeschool Review Crew shared field trip info.

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Field Trip Inspiration {Round UP}

What are your best tips for planning great field trips? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Virtual Refrigerator - Aged Map Art

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Welcome to the Virtual Refrigerator art link-up! Thank you for joining us as we share what we're creating in our homeschools. We cordially invite you to add your link sharing artwork that's on your Virtual Refrigerator and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges too! The Virtual Fridge link-up is open all month, with anchor posts planned for each Wednesday (although during the summer, that may not always happen!).

My artist is away this week and we've been on summer break so today I'm sharing an art project from several years ago.

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We started with blackline world maps, which we labelled and colored. Then we tore the edges, folded the maps up as small as we could, and sharply creased the folds. We hoped to give the maps a well-used and somewhat tattered look.

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After unfolding the maps, we placed them in a tray and covered them in strong tea.

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After a good soaking with the tea, and while the paper was still wet, we crumpled the maps and allowed them to dry overnight. In the morning we gently flattened them out. The tea stained the paper where it hadn't been colored, making it look aged. This might have worked better with a different kind of paper that would have soaked up the tea better - we used regular copy paper.

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Aged Map Art on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

And finally, we "painted" the maps with a thin coat of vegetable oil. After that had dried, the maps looked aged and brittle. We mounted them on construction paper to display on our timeline wall.

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This post is adapted from my original Virtual Fridge on July 18, 2013 - Virtual Refrigerator: Aged Map Art - and the art project came from the book Geography Through Art by Sharon Jeffus and Jamie Aramini.




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Friday, July 14, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - Summer School Days

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Welcome to Homeschool Highlights! 
This weekly link-up is your opportunity to share some highlights of what is happening in your homeschool and in your world each week. If you write a wrap-up post at the end of each week, like I've been doing, we'd love to see what you're busy with from week to week. If you'd like to pick a favorite post from your week that spotlights a resource or activity in your homeschool that you'd like to tell others about, we're interested in those too. I'm keeping the guidelines as simple as I can, and they will appear at the bottom of each post, along with the link tool. I look forward to getting to know you, and I hope this will be a source of encouragement and good ideas for all of us.

Grab a cup of coffee and let's get started!


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Homeschool news  . . . There actually was schoolwork completed this week! Crazy, right?! But yes, after a couple weeks of vacation time, we got back to the job of finishing up those few things we left undone from the year just past. Some history and the Shakespeare study that we started right at the end of the year. We also got started with an algebra curriculum that we will be reviewing, so that's new. It's No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials, which can be used as review and prep for the SAT, or as a full curriculum. We're using it as review and prep, so for the time being, Kennady is watching the tutorials for the first chapter to get a quick overview of all the basics, and once she hits later chapters, we'll slow down and do more of the lesson exercises. Naturally she's not thrilled to be working on her least favorite subject during the summer, but at least it's not difficult at this point!

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Other news . . . Thankfully, this week was not quite so hectic as some of the previous weeks, but that doesn't mean we weren't busy! On Friday, our truck broke down when Landon was on his way to work, so that evening we had to make a trip to town to get it towed to a repair facility. Not fun. Although we did decide to get Sonic for dinner while we were waiting, so that saved me having to make dinner!  Kennady went to a friend's for the evening and overnight. I picked her up on Saturday - after we picked up the repaired truck (and paid for it - Ouch!) - and we attended a graduation party.

Kennady stayed after church on Sunday to help decorate for this week's VBS program, and she was an assistant teacher and had a part in the skits each evening during the week. It seemed like everyone had a great time, but for once I didn't have any responsibilities for VBS other than making sure Kennady had a ride!

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Kennady as Private Annie Ware

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Oh look! It's the jeep!

Other than that, I did have a co-op planning meeting, and Kennady and I took the opportunity one day to do some clothes shopping for her. Kind of a rarity, especially since she picked out a dress to buy! My work schedule was a little different this week as well, as I switched days to help out a colleague and worked Monday instead of today. Which turned out to be a very good thing, since I will need to give Kennady a ride to a friend's sometime today, and we have family arriving this evening for a visit. And that means I should catch up on a bit of housekeeping to be prepared!


What I'm Learning . . . a little extra history, as we've been enjoying In The Reign of Terror from Heirloom Audio Productions. It's the newest in their series The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty, and tells the story of the French Revolution from the viewpoint of a 16-year-old Brit who visits France during this tumultuous time. Since today is Bastille Day, it's an especially good day to find out what really happened, and I recommend listening to this great story! (We are reviewing this for the Homeschool Review Crew, so watch for all the reviews in a couple of weeks!)

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I recommend . . . visiting the Field Trip Inspiration Round-up on the Homeschool Review Crew blog page today. You'll find lots of ideas for places to visit and types of field trips to try that are fun for all ages. And please take a look for my post for this round-up, Six Ideas for Your Next Field Trip.

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Field Trip Inspiration {Round UP}

On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Book Blogger Hop - July 14, 2017
Wordless Wednesday - Day Lilies
Teaser Tuesday - Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest
What I'm Reading - July 10, 2017
Scripture and a Snapshot - Shine


Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week I've been reading:

The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer
Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest by Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates
My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring by Carrie Fancett Pagels
The Red Siren (Charles Towne Belles) by MaryLu Tyndall

A parting shot . . . 


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I will be linking up my own posts at the following weekly link parties that you may also be interested in: Weekly Wrap-Up hosted by Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers; The Homeschool Nook Link-up Party hosted by Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling and Busy Boys Brigade; and Homeschool Blog & Tell at The Homeschool Post.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Six Ideas for Your Next Field Trip

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Looking for inspiration and ideas for homeschool field trips? The Homeschool Review Crew is here to help with this week's Round-up. Here are six suggestions based on some field trips we've done. I've chosen those that aren't specific to my local area, so these are the types of destinations that should be available in most areas.

1. Animal Rescue or Wildlife Refuge - The zoo is always popular, but an animal rescue facility like the one we visited recently, East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue, or a wildlife refuge area like Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge gives a little different perspective of animals. 

An Exotic Animal PhotoJournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - our field trip to the East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue  (see: eastcoastrescue.org )

The exotic animal rescue facility we visited is different from a zoo, in that it offers safe homes to animals that have been retired from labs or zoos, or were kept as pets. It's a non-profit, and the emphasis is on caring for the animals, not on pleasing the guests. Opening the facility for guests to see helps to raise funds to care for the animals, and raises awareness about how animals should be cared for. Read more about our trip at An Exotic Animal PhotoJournal.


An Exotic Animal PhotoJournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - our field trip to the East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue  (see: eastcoastrescue.org )

An Exotic Animal PhotoJournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - our field trip to the East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue  (see: eastcoastrescue.org )

An Exotic Animal PhotoJournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - our field trip to the East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue  (see: eastcoastrescue.org )An Exotic Animal PhotoJournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - our field trip to the East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue  (see: eastcoastrescue.org )

A wildlife refuge or sanctuary may offer you a glimpse of animals in a more natural habitat than those found at a zoo, but you're less likely to be able to get up close. Take along your binoculars or use the zoom lens on your camera. Some wildlife refuge parks have informative visitor centers too. Find out more about the trip we took several years ago at A Wildlife Refuge PhotoJournal.

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Six Ideas for Your Next Field Trip on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - part of the Field Trip Inspiration Round-up hosted at HomeschoolReviewCrew.com


2. An aquarium - This is another alternative to a zoo trip, and most of the larger aquariums also have birds, reptiles, and some other animals in rainforest or similar habitat areas. We've visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore a few times, and just a couple weeks ago went to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. You can read more about our most recent visit to the National Aquarium in From the High School Lesson Book - A National Aquarium PhotoJournal.

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National Aquarium PhotoJournal (From the High School Lesson Book) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

National Aquarium PhotoJournal (From the High School Lesson Book) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

National Aquarium PhotoJournal (From the High School Lesson Book) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

National Aquarium PhotoJournal (From the High School Lesson Book) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

3. A Greenhouse, Nursery, or other large growing facility - This one has come easily for us, because my husband manages a wholesale greenhouse. Touring a growing facility relates to more than just botany and horticulture - it also involves chemistry and other sciences. For instance, we've learned that the plants at the greenhouse we visited aren't grown in soil - it's actually a mixture of perlite and peat moss. Comparing and contrasting how a tree nursery works with how a hydroponic vegetable grower works can also be fascinating. Depending on the facility, the plants they are growing will vary by season. The times we've toured my husband's greenhouse, they've been growing poinsettias. You can find out more at From the High School Lesson Book - A Poinsettia PhotoJournal (Greenhouse Field Trip).

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From the High School Lesson Book - A Poinsettia PhotoJournal (Greenhouse Field Trip) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #homeschool #fieldtrip

From the High School Lesson Book - A Poinsettia PhotoJournal (Greenhouse Field Trip) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #homeschool #fieldtrip
Learn about watering systems
4. Art museums - some people shy away from visiting art museums for fear that they are too high-brow or that they are not kid-friendly. I can't speak for all art museums, but I do know that many offer family and kid-friendly tours and programs. Explore the websites of art museums near you to find out what they have and give it a try! We loved our visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art a couple of years ago - and it was free! Find out more about it in my post Baltimore Museum of Art Field Trip.

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Baltimore Museum of Art Field Trip on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
we sketched our own copies of paintings by Matisse
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Baltimore Museum of Art Field Trip on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Baltimore Museum of Art Field Trip on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
talking about how paintings were used to tell Bible
stories in the 1500s

5. Living History Museums and Farms - This is another obvious field trip destination, but one worth mentioning because of the many different kinds of experiences they offer! We've visited quite a few over the years, and one of our favorites is Historic St Mary's City in southern Maryland. It features reconstructed buildings, a working colonial farm, a Woodland Indian Hamlet, a replica square-rigged ship, and more.  There are lots of hands-on activities for all ages. We learned about muskets, farming tobacco, the apothecary's herbal medicines, and print shop, colonial children's games, and lots of other things. Read more about Historic St Mary's City in History Lesson: St Mary's City.

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Six Ideas for Your Next Field Trip on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - part of the Field Trip Inspiration Round-up hosted at HomeschoolReviewCrew.com

Six Ideas for Your Next Field Trip on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - part of the Field Trip Inspiration Round-up hosted at HomeschoolReviewCrew.com
I keep thinking we should construct a pillory for our backyard.
6. Walk in the state forest or other park - Don't overlook this very simple approach to a field trip, especially if you're studying something like ecosystems. There's a lot to be observed and learned on a nature walk through a forest, grassland, or whatever biome parks are available near you. Many of these types of parks also have ranger programs or visitor centers that can add to your learning experience. And it's usually free, or at least pretty inexpensive. Try my post A Fountain Rock PhotoJournal for pictures and info about a free nature center near us.

Six Ideas for Your Next Field Trip on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - part of the Field Trip Inspiration Round-up hosted at HomeschoolReviewCrew.com

Six Ideas for Your Next Field Trip on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - part of the Field Trip Inspiration Round-up hosted at HomeschoolReviewCrew.com
Fountain Rock Nature Center is on the site of an old lime kiln and quarry
Six Ideas for Your Next Field Trip on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - part of the Field Trip Inspiration Round-up hosted at HomeschoolReviewCrew.com
and has a fun outdoor music room too!

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at Swallow Falls State Park
Six Ideas for Your Next Field Trip on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - part of the Field Trip Inspiration Round-up hosted at HomeschoolReviewCrew.com
at the Nature Center at Deep Creek State Park
Most of my pictures from A Walk In the Woods have disappeared, but you can read about what we observed on a field trip there.

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What other inspiration can you share for field trips? Join members of the Homeschool Review Crew in our Round-up and get plenty of ideas!

Field Trip Inspiration {Round UP}

Visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog to see what other Crew members recommend in the Field Trip Inspiration Round-up, which will be live on Friday, July 14, 2017.

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