As many of our readers know, in October we took the kids out of public school to being homeschooling. (You can read why we made our decision to homeschool on this post.)
Now that we have been homeschooling for a few months, I have been looking for ideas to take homeschooling out of the home.
The world is full of valuable information and knowledge. I have always found that making something fun is the best way to learn about the world we live in. Why not take homeschooling out of the home, and teach in the community.
Take Homeschooling Out of the Home
– State Capitol Museum
– History Museum
– Military Museum
– Children’s Museum
– Art Museum
– Grand Canyon
– Redwood National Park
– Yellowstone National Park
– Mount Rushmore
– Glacier National Park
– Alcatraz Island
– Death Valley
– Aztec Ruins
– Carlsbad Caverns
– Hot Springs
We haven’t traveled much (at least not yet! That is on my bucket list!) but some of our favorite places to learn are at the Zoo, the aquarium, and the Arizona Science Center.
Just last week, we got the opportunity to head to the Arizona Science Center after hours with Blended Extended to view their new exhibit – POPnology!
POPnology mixes old technology with today’s technology. It is the cross between pop culture and technology; a mix of science fiction and science fact; an exhibition that makes the connections on how technology has been influenced by movies, books, television, and art.
The POPnology exhibit at the Arizona Science Center is a hands-on learning experience for the young and the old – and it’s not just in Arizona! It is a traveling exhibit that will be making it’s way to various locations!
The kids got to see first hand technology from film reels to Atari games to records and 8 tracks. There was an exhibit of a room littered like many of us probably remember our homes being growing up – a rotary phone, a small television without a remote, a big desktop calculators with the rolls of paper that came out of them. There was a record player, records, cassette tapes, 8 tracks – everything in this one room now fits in our pocket. Imagine not only the kids’ fascination with that, but mine! Once upon a time, everything that is now in our cell phone, used to be in our home. Not portable!
Hubby and the kids got to enjoy a virtual reality game and they even learned how our video games (once upon a time) were pixelated by playing with a life size pixel board. (Think a giant, life size Lite Brite.) They even played Donkey Kong on an arcade game system! There was a 3D printed car for Local Motors as well as various other 3D printed items to view. Fun robotics for the kids (and the hubby) to play and try out for themselves by building things, moving items from spot A to spot B, and placing a ball in certain places. Even Baxter – a super cool robot – was there! (I think he was the kids’ favorite!) There was information and a model of the Mars Rover as well as Autopia car from Disney™’s Tomorrowland. There was so much information that I have to admit that even I felt a little nerdy and giddy sharing things with the kids. Things that I had forgotten were not so normal for our children and made you feel a little nostalgic! I think my favorite part was the wall of cell phones. Cell phones from the big car phones to the iPhones we have today and seeing how they have changed so much over the years.
How many of these have you had!? #blendedconf @azscience A photo posted by Leila, Life as Leels (@lifeasleels) on
If you are in Arizona and get the opportunity to attend the Arizona Science Center to see the POPnology exhibit, you will not be sorry.
If you are are not in Arizona, you can check out the POPnology website to see where they are going and when to try and catch them.
If you aren’t into the science thing; what ways do you take homeschooling out of the home?