Museum of the Bible Homeschool Field Trip

The Museum of The Bible Field Trip

Washington, D.C.’s newest museum is the Museum of the Bible. This museum is not just for those who are religious or biblical enthusiasts; it’s also for people of all ages who love knowledge, history, and fascinating stories. My family and I loved our experience and first visit so much we were there for six hours.

I wanted to take my daughters so they would have a better understanding of the tangibility of the Bible. A lot of faith and love for God is abstract for children, but looking at religious history helps provide them with a better understand of God’s omnipotence.

The museum is perfect for people from all ages and backgrounds. It is also one of the most beautiful museums to visit in person. The technology advances the developers used makes it a one-of-a-kind experience because visitors can interact with some exhibits, and their writings, voice, picture, etc., will become a part of the exhibit. So, if you’re ever in the Washington, D.C. area, please set aside time to visit the Museum of the Bible in person for yourself.

Museum of the Bible – 400 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024FAMILY-FRIENDLY TRIP TO The Museum of the Bible

10 Family-friendly Museum of The Bible Features(Click on the video below to view pictures from the field trip.)

1. Interactive Exhibits

2. Children’s Play Area

3. Restaurant that serves food from the Middle East

4. A paid virtual reality ride

5. High tech displays

6. Elevator Access to each floor

7. Movies in High Definition

8. Theatrical theater exhibits

9. Colorful art and artifacts

10. History of how the Bible has impacted the world.

When visiting be sure to take comfortable shoes because you will do a ton of walking. There will never be a dull moment, so plan to spend a large portion of your day there. In fact, the museum has six floors and a rooftop. Learning about the Bible in the museum is truly a beautiful experience. The museum also had homeschoolers in mind and created a Bible curriculum that can be purchased on their website.

Click Here to watch our video from our homeschool family field trip.

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Three Steps to Organize Your Homeschool

Hanging File Folders

Organization is of utmost importance when homeschooling. In fact, getting organized for the school year will help both the child and the parent stay on task better. If you find yourself or your child getting frustrated, it may be because you need to organize a little better. As a mom, caregiver, wife, and entrepreneur, I have to stay ahead in order to make sure that schooling is prioritized in our home. Here are three tips that help me and my family stay on track the most.

Weekly Folders

Before the school year started I planned out the first semester. Early on, I realized that I didn’t want my business to affect information and lessons my children were taught. I also knew that I would have a lot on my plate that could change at any moment. Therefore, I went through my lesson plans and printed everything that I could, related to the subjects I planned to teach during the entire semester. I separated each folder by week. For instance our first semester is weeks 1-18. The hanging file folder system gives my kids an opportunity to go to their folder and then choose which assignments they will complete first.

Weekly folders for homeschool organization

Daily Folders

After my daughter’s choose their assignments, they put them in daily folders. The daily folders help provide more autonomy. Monday through Thursday they can choose their morning work, and then on Thursday I look at what has or has not been completed yet.

The beauty of this method is that my kids feel like they have a choice regarding what they study. It also helps prevent them from having to wait for me to explain everything daily. In the mornings after we have devotion, they can get started on their folder work on their own. Then, after an hour or so, I teach a new lesson or help explain information that they need help with. In addition, the folder work is a great addition for our portfolio and helps reinforce different lessons.

An Area for Completed Work

Having a completed work area is hugely important in my home, mainly because our state requires us to keep a school portfolio for our children/students. The completed work area helps my kids know exactly where to put their work so I can grade it in a timely manner. It also helps them be more responsible with their own papers, and keeps papers from getting lost around the house.

After four years of homeschooling, this is the system that has worked best for me and my two daughters. 1 Corinthians 14:40 says, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” When you’re homeschooling life can be overwhelming at times, so finding a way to stay organized can help keep the entire family in a better mood. While all three may not work for your family, the cool thing about homeschooling is that you have the freedom to tweak and use the tips that work for you, and ignore those that don’t.

Five Ways to Introduce Coding to Your Homeschooler

Coding is a computer language that is prevalent in our world today. Frankly, our children are all digital natives, so they will be expected to know some form of coding as adults. While coding as a language may feel foreign to many of us, there are websites that can help introduce our children to coding. There are lots of different types of code that we should all be familiar with, such as html. If you want to learn more yourself, or teach your kids more about coding, there are several resources that can assist you.

As computer science fields continue to advance, coding will be a new normal, and will be used in many careers and across various industries around the world. The need to learn to code is especially important since many jobs of the past are now automated and machine driven. To increase our children’s marketability, we should provide them with the skills they need to be the brains behind the machines.

I believe exposing children to this language early is critical to students learning it thoroughly. Thankfully, there are many free options that are now available for any person to learn coding. While “free” sounds good, we also want to think about safety and how to offer our children ad-free options. Here are a few resources that I trust to give my kids access to coding.

Five Free Computer Coding Programs

Tynker

5 Ways to Introduce Coding to Your Homeschooler

The recommended age is children seven years old and older. Children will have an opportunity to code robots, build apps, explore stem, create mods for Minecraft, code drones, and build games. Tynker is great because it makes learning coding exciting and student-directed. Kids will feel like their playing games, while in fact, they are learning a new language.

Scratch

“Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.”(1) It gives kids an opportunity to create, innovate, and problem solve from a computer.

Hour of Code

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. It is both a movement and event that takes place each year. The activities section of their website has tons of games that introduce young students to coding adventures.

One cool aspect on the Hour of Code website is that there is a resource for teachers that tells you exactly how to teach computer science at each appropriate grade level.

Code.org

This site provides online classes for kids to learn how to code. It is a nonprofit agency that wants to connect more women and minority groups to computer science fields. The 100 percent free curriculum is helping code.org reach their goal.

Stencyl


Parents are sometimes relieved when they find out their kids want to create a video rather than just play on one. Stencyl is offers a block-snapping interface and games, so kids can create their video games.

Lego Mindstorms EV3

This program is a paid program that kids and adults who are Lego enthusiasts will enjoy. The learning game comes with three interactive servo motors, remote control, a color sensor, redesigned touch sensor, infrared sensor, and 550+ LEGO® Technic elements. The EV3 Programmer App is a free download available for iOS and Android tablet devices.

These programs provide great free starting points. While the basic levels that will give students a good understanding of how to use the program are free, if parents and kids want to go into more depth with coding there are some paid components available as well.

Proverbs 1:5 states that, “A wise [man] will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsel.”(2) As our world changes, the information that we teach our children will change too. Of course the fundamentals of reading, writing, and arithmetic will always be there, but now we owe it to our children to give them a language that they can build upon later in life.

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Reference:

(1) Scratch.mit.edu. (2017). Scratch – About. [online] Available at: https://scratch.mit.edu/about [Accessed 21 Aug. 2017].

(2) Kingjamesbibleonline.org. (2017). PROVERBS 1:5 KJV “A wise [man] will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:”. [online] Available at: https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Proverbs-1-5/ [Accessed 21 Aug. 2017].

Cool bug facts for homeschool kids

6 Cool Bug Facts Kids Should Know

Not long ago, I wrote a post entitled “Teaching Kids Entomology While Hiking.” Because we share our world with millions of insects all around us, it’s important for our kids to learn about the benefits of bugs. Although insects are often considered a nuisance, they serve a very important role in our ecosystem.

Adam Zagajewski once wrote, “In summer the empire of insects spreads.” As summer approaches it’s a great time for homeschooling families to watch the wonder of bugs and learn about why God made them.

6 cool bug facts kids should know

This summer teach kids about insects by sharing these six characteristics with them:

  1. Insects have three sections that help distinctly identify them from other creatures. The segments are head, thorax, and abdomen.
  2. Insects have compound eyes. Compound eyes are also called Arthropod eyes, which help insects see in multiple directions.
  3. They also have two antennae, which are movable organs that carry out different sensory functions for different insects.
  4. Insects have three pairs of legs.
  5. Just like reptiles, insects are exothermic, which means they are cold-blooded. Have you ever noticed that insects seem to disappear in the winter? Some insects migrate south like birds to stay warm. Other insects may die or temporarily freeze. When an insect lies dormant through the winter, it is considered a special type of hibernation during called “diapause.”
  6. One other interesting feature that insects possess is that they can molt. Molting is the shedding of their outer skin as it grows.

Feel free to download this original word search I created:

Entomology Word Search, click on the image to view the word bank.

Insects are critically important in our environment because they help break down other organisms and make room for new ones. We can thank insects for our produce because many are master pollinators. We can also thank insects for cleaning up our waste and other decaying matter.

6 COOL iNSECT FACTS KIDS SHOULD KNOW

Purdue University asserts that…

Insects are underappreciated for their role in the food web. They are the sole food source for many amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Insects themselves are harvested and eaten by people in some cultures. They are a rich source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, and are prized as delicacies in many third-world countries (1).

If you’ve discovered that your child is completely enamored with bugs and nature, here are a few resources that you may want to incorporate in your lessons:

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Reader question: Name one characteristic about bugs that you find interesting and share why?

Reference:

(1) “Who Let The Bugs Out? | Purdue | Entomology | Insect | Collect | Supplies | Specimen | Mounting | Identifying | Displaying | Preserve | Labels”. Extension.entm.purdue.edu. N.p., 2017. Web. 10 May 2017.

 

Teaching Your Kids About Acids and Bases

Kitchens can easily become a science lab. Have you tried baking homemade dishes with your kids? Cakes, cookies, pies, and other baked foods can all be considered chemistry experiments, but there are also other projects you can try to get your kids to explore science at home? Here’s one cool way to teach your kids about acids and bases.

To begin the science lesson, let your kids watch a kid-friendly video about acids and bases. Then, see if they can tell you the difference between the two.

Recently, while teaching my daughters the difference between an acid and a base, we needed a way to understand the difference visually so we conducted an experiment. They also wrote down the definitions on a white board:

    • Acid – An acid donates a hydrogen ion, which is also called a proton.
    • Base – A base receives a hydrogen ion/proton.

Although I didn’t have any litmus paper, we were still able to show how acids and bases react differently. The experiment we conducted used red cabbage and different household items like vinegar, baking soda, hand sanitizer, bleach, etc. We used the key below to understand the outcome of the test results. Bases typically range in color from blue to yellow, and acids range in color from red to purple.

Red Cabbage Indicator Chart

Image source: handsonmuseum.org

I let the kids guess which household items were acids and which were bases, and then they recorded their hypotheses. Next, we boiled two red cabbage leaves and used the water as our indicator.

Acids and Bases Printable

I have included an original downloadable printable that you can use to record your kids’ science experiment results. Click here for the pdf.

acids and bases worksheet for kids 2nd grade +

Click on the image to download a printable pdf

On the back of the paper, have your children draw the experiment and indicate the results that were seen. This will help your child remember the difference between acids and bases, especially if he or she is a visual learner.

When conducting the experiment, don’t only use liquids; you can use powder substances as well, like home spices.

Be creative and let your children pick items to test; just be cautious and aware that some fumes can be harmful to breathe in. If you are planning to use bleach, open your windows are conduct the experiment outdoors.

Materials needed:

      1. Red Cabbage
      2. Pot
      3. Strainer (optional)
      4. Chemicals/ substances to test
      5. Glass jars for each substance
      6. Measuring cup (1/4 cup)
      7. 1 Tablespoon

To conduct this experiment, do the following:

      1. Remove 2 red cabbage leaves. Place the leaves in a medium pot and fill with water. Bring to a boil.
      2. Add a tablespoon of each substance to their respective glasses.
      3. Place 1/4 cup of indicator (the cabbage juice) in their respective glasses.
      4. Record the results on the worksheet as the colors change.

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