Jump World USA – September 3, 2014

One of the best things about having a Jump World USA in town is that we can totally count this is PE for the day! With dodge-ball, a giant foam pit and plenty of space to run around, the kids always have a blast when we hit the jump park.

Triangle Homeschoolers meets weekly for educationally aligned field trips, and hosts several educational and social events for our students each month. For more information, please visit the TH Meet Up page, or check out our Discussion Group on Facebook.
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Houston Zoo – Sept. 1, 2014

entranceThis week, a few of our families took advantage of the Houston Zoo’s ‘free afternoons’!

Here’s Amber’s recap of the day:
“Our most recent field trip to the Houston Zoo was especially fun! Although the rain kept some families from attending, the kids had a blast splashing in puddles as they walked from habitat to habitat. Some of the favorite animals were the lions, gorillas, and elephants. The drizzling rain kept the air cool and everyone enjoyed the exercise. The kids are already planning their next trip.”

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Our group meets weekly for educationally aligned field trips, and hosts several educational and social events for our students each month. For more information, please visit the TH Meet Up page, or check out our Discussion Group on Facebook.

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6th Annual NBTS Party

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Welcome to a new school year! As always, we kick off the new school year with our ‘Not Back to School’ party. Like many homeschoolers, the first day of school for other kids means that city parks are once again deserted and we happy homeschoolers have them all to ourselves. If you were able to join us this year, thanks for coming out (despite the heat). If you’re new, welcome!! If you weren’t able to come, but want to join us for the new school year, check us out on Facebook!

Happy homeschooling!

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Public Speaking Assembly – August 2015

maxresdefaultEarlier this year, we started hosting a monthly public speaking assembly. This isn’t a ‘class’, per se, but an opportunity for the students to practice their public speaking and presentation skills, as well as an opportunity for both students and teachers to give feedback. Each month, our host posts a new tip for improving your speech. Each tip has a specific ‘thing’ that the student can work on – like fidgeting, eye-contact, and other skills that good public speakers use to connect and engage their audience.

The students have presented a wide variety of speeches, and many have presented original material. We’ve heard passages in books, poetry, recitation of famous speeches, and reading school reports on everything from birds to haunted houses and ghost ships. It’s been great seeing what the kids have come up with to present.

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Though the original target age of the class was for middle and high school students, some of our speakers have been elementary-aged students, and some of our moms have even gotten in on the practice, which has been great to illustrate that it’s never too soon (or too late) to hone your public speaking skills!

We will continue to host monthly public speaking events throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

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Animal Habitats – August 17, 2015

animal-20habitats-20posterHappy ‘back to school’! Our official ‘NOT Back to School’ party is next week, but we decided to get a jump-start on this school year with today’s field trip.

A few weeks ago, the kids each chose an animal to research. Their task was to build a habitat for the animal they chose, and to come up with an ‘information sheet’ about the animal in their habitat.

We’re planning to visit the Houston Zoo in a couple of weeks, so this is an introductory lesson to go along with that. We were both surprised and please that the kids chose to present their animal and projects to the group!

Thanks to everyone who was able to come participate today! If you’re homeschooling, and interested in joining us for weekly events, check out our chat group on Facebook.

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Galveston Pleasure Pier Homeschool Day

 

This was our first visit to the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier’s Homeschool Day event. We didn’t get many pictures, but we had a great time. They had tours and organized classes for children in several age groups. They issued a course book to each student, with STEM-oriented lessons that incorporated the incredible engineering and physics employed in building and maintaining the Pleasure Pier.  If you get the chance, check them out!

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Habitat for Humanity 2015

Each year, Triangle Homeschoolers chooses a charity organisation to work with. This year, we chose Habitat for Humanity. The kids are too young to actually work on the build site, but they’re still able to help! Our crew met at the H4H offices downtown to load up lunch for the workers. For several months, our kids helped feed the students and volunteers who came to our area to help build homes for those in need.

We’re honored to have been able to help in any way, this incredible organization.

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Human Anatomy – March 3, 2015

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This week’s field trip was hosted by one of our families, with stations set up to explore human anatomy. The kids learned about the composition of blood with a large-scale model using ping pong balls, marbles and small yellow balls representing white and red blood cells, and platelets. They got to take their pulse, and learn the differences between different heart rates (resting, normal, and with exercise), and made models of the hand and spine. They also got to make (and eat!) a ton of body-themed snacks!

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TH Science Fair 2015

This week, our group hosted our annual homeschool science fair. We had 15 students participating, with 11 projects (some siblings did group projects), with students ranging in age from pre-school through high school.

We met under the pavilion at Village Creek State Park in Lumberton, which is a great place for outdoor group events (if you’ve never been there). They have plenty of tables, a large grill and a playground all within a few feet of one another. If it had been warmer, we’d have planned lunch out there, but since it was so cold, we didn’t stay long.

The kids all bundled up and presented their projects one by one. There was quite the spectacle when it came to demonstrations, from the rainbow effect that fluid viscosity creates, to self-inflating balloons hat demonstrated carbon dioxide, dancing raisins, and non-Newtonian fluids with oobleck – they had a great time and showed off their scientist’s skills with flair.

From the older students, there was a great display of research-based thinking and psychology, from a project centered on meditation, to communicating with dogs, and several great experiment-based entries on hydrophobic sand, wind resistance and parachute design and a really cool experiment that floated water on top of water!

We were really proud of our students, and the effort and ingenuity that they put into their projects this year.

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Jumping World USA – Beaumont

logoJumpingWorldToday, we took the kids to bounce around at Jumping World USA – Beaumont! This was our first trip out there, and it was everything we’d hoped it would be.

We’re thrilled to have this facility in town; I’ve wanted to take my kids, but the closest location was Houston. Now that they’re in Beaumont,I think TH will add this to our regular rotation of events.

The kids had a blast – and got a ton of exercise while having fun. With a giant bounce pad and long trampolines (including some that stretch up the wall), the kids had plenty of room to roam. The jump coaches and staff keep the kids from getting too crazy or running over each other, and the signs to help the kids find the right age group for their activities helps, too.

There’s a huge dodge ball court (with trampolines), a water wheel (hamster-ball thingy), a bouncy basketball court and a giant foam pit to bounce into. There’s also an arcade, and refreshments (snack bar and vending machines). The place was spic-n-span (even the bathrooms were clean), too, which was really great.
If you get a chance, definitely check them out!

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