Homeschool education doesn't only take place at home. Many
families are integrating homeschool travel with their children's
education. Travel is a direct mode of learning; It brings life to the
study of history, geography, and cultures.
Homeschool travel can be as simple as a trip to a museum in a
nearby city....or for the more adventurous, it may be nature study in
Vermont, art history in Florence, or marine biology on a homeschool
Exploring San Antonio
One of our favorite cities to visit is San Antonio, Texas. This beautiful
city attracts visitors from all over the world. It offers the Alamo, the
Riverwalk, and lots of Texas history. Spring is a wonderful time to
visit, when flowers along the river are in bloom.
Homeschool Focus: Before the trip, we read The Boy in the Alamo,
by Margaret Cousins.
Though written in 1958, this tale draws children in, since it is written
from the perspective of a young boy.
Inside the Alamo , by Jim Murphy, is also a good book to read before
visiting the Alamo.
We also visited the San Antonio Children's Museum. Homeschoolers
can learn about San Antonio's history through interactive exhibits and
We stayed at the Westin La Cantera Resort, about 20 minutes from the
River Walk and the Alamo. Set on a hilltop, the resort offers views of
Texas Hill Country in every direction. Our rooms were in Casita
Village, a short walk from the hotel. We liked the feeling of privacy,
tucked away amidst mesquite and oak trees. Each casita has a
separate entry and a private patio. Our kids loved the pool area, which
includes a waterslide, small bridges to swim under, swimming lanes,
and water volleyball.
Brackenridge Park is located adjacent to the San Antonio Zoo. The
343 acre park has tree-lined paths along the beautiful San Antonio
River. This river originates from artesian springs north of the park.
Kids of all ages can ride the Brackenridge Eagle Miniature Train and
ride on the carousel complete with wooden horses and music. Also in
the Park are the Japanese Tea Gardens, a lush year-round garden
with ponds, stone bridges, and a 60 ft. waterfall. This enchanting
oasis is open 7 days a week, from 8:00 am until dusk. No admission
Homeschoolers can enjoy nature study at the San Antonio Zoo, home
to the 3rd largest animal collection in North America. It's open seven
days a week, year-round. There is an admission fee. (210) 734-7184
Add San Antonio to your homeschool travel list. Your kids will enjoy
the Texas history lesson!
Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center
Living History in Virginia
Homeschool students can learn about American history at the
Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. Taught by
trained museum educators, this homeschool program will be offered
on September 7 - 22, 2013. The ticket is good for admission to both
museums. Homeschool families will be given guided tours. A variety
of curriculum-based education programs will be offered. Kids will
enjoy touring replicas of an Indian Village, Jamestown fort and three
ships. They will soak up the history, and it helps that the employees
are in period costume. A great way to spark an interest in American
For the Jamestown Settlement family-guided tour, homeschoolers will
visit re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village and James Fort, and
replica 1607 ships.
For the Yorktown Victory Center family-guided tour, visit the
re-created Continental Army encampment and 1780's farm.
Various learning opportunities are divided by grade-level.
For information on dates and times, visit History is Fun
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