Travel: We did get to Los Angeles, and SanFrancisco and to the Georgia Coasts and parts of Florida but we had hoped that since we were homeschooling, we'd get to see more of the country and even get overseas, two things stopped us.
- Scheduling. Our schedule was not as flexible as we thought it would be. Because the kids were in a homeschool program that met weekly, our lives weren't as flexible as we thought it would be.
- Money. They economy went screwy so flying a family of four around the country went from something that we didn't think twice about to something we didn't even think about. You never know though. Maybe we can squeeze in a big trip this year and get a good deal on flights to Sydney Australia or scrape up the money to go on the European trip that the homeschool program has scheduled over spring break.
Field trips: Not being more relaxed (see above) kept us from doing as much experiential learning as I would have liked to. The few field trips we did take were so awesome, I think it is plain silly that I didn't do it more. We did do the following:
- Bodies, the exhibition
- Titanic, the exhibition
- Tybee Island and Savannah Forts
- Various Ballet performances
- A couple homeschool plays
- The Atlanta Aquarium
- Civil War Reinactment
- Martin Luther King Museum
- A couple science talks
- Midnight space observatory
- La Brea Tar Pits
- Local Children's art museum
- Science Museum in Richmond VA
- Botanical Gardens
- Mountain Climbing and Skiing in Tennessee
- Tennessee Aquarium
Don't think I am beating myself up though. We did get alot accomplished that was probably more specifically geared to my kids needs, with my daughter involved in Theater and my son involved in theater tech and computer programming.
I wrote this more to point out that I feel I could have been more flexible in our homeschooling and am encouraging you to keep spontaneity in your homeschooling and find more room for Travel, for field trips, and to RELAX.