Getting Out of the House

We use to do that a lot. We would pick up early in the morning and just go and sometimes not return home until the street lights led our way back to our front door. Those days were a lot of fun, but it has been a while. A little longer than I care to remember. So long, that it was about time to start getting out of the house again…

so that is what we did. For our first field trip of the school year, we ventured down to Memphis and visited the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. They have special days throughout the year when they open the museum up for FREE just to homeschoolers (“that’s the way uh-huh, uh-huh, I like it”) and this was the first day of the season. These days have become so popular that open reservations closed after about two days.

I’m figuring that taking advantage of homeschool events like these are the way to go this school year because there are several places throughout our area that have created special days just for homeschoolers. Usually the entry fees are reduced or even FREE so we’ll be taking advantage of these days when they occur at places that are on our calendar.

Just last month, The King (YEP! The King!) invited homeschoolers from everywhere to Graceland to reminisce with him. Although we didn’t go, I heard there were a few sightings of him. We may head over to his house in a few years when the children are older. Maybe he’ll even stop in and say, “hello.”

The focus on this day at the museum was “Monet to Cézanne/Cassatt to Sargent: The Impressionist Revolution” and these are the masterpieces Lily and River both made during their workshop. We were introduced to Mary Cassatt through FLL so it was nice to get to see more of her paintings.

Cameras were not allowed in the gallery. There were even guards standing around to be sure you didn’t stand too close or (gasps!) take a picture. It was fun watching their eyes twitch and their shoulders get a little tense whenever I got a little toooo close to one of the paintings on the wall. Really, I wasn’t teasing (hee, hee).

We have some really cool field trips on our calendar this year. If you need some ideas about how to get the most out of your field trip experience, then read my earlier post “Are We There Yet?

Get out of the house this school year and see what is happening on your side of the map.

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One Response to “Getting Out of the House”

  • Comment from Jamie B.

    That is sooooo cool!! How do you find out about these things? I wouldn’t have the foggiest idea about who to ask in my area about free for homeschoolers days, if there even are any.


    I started w/a list of places we wanted to go to and then checked to see what educational offerings they had. Some places will not have special days/discounts for homeschoolers only, but many places have days or specials for school students and your girls could still participate as your own school group.

    Another thing to consider is joining some local homeschool groups now even though you have a few years before you officially start. They would probably have field trips set up and you could participate w/them and also get to take advantage of reduced fees because of the amount of people attending in a group.

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