Georgetown Christian Home Educators
 

HOME SCHOOL DAYS AROUND TEXAS

 

2016-2017

GCHE does not necessarily endorse all these events.

This information is being provided for consideration and discretion by each family.

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God;

Because many false prophets have gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1

Pioneer Farms

September 11, 2016 Gates open at 10 am

$3 per person

Visitors will see authentic frontier life on historic sites — the 1841 Tonkawa Encampment, the 1868 German Farm, the 1873 Texian Farm, the 1886 Cotton Planter’s Farm and the 1899 Sprinkle Corner village.

http://www.pioneerfarms.org/homeschool-day

Legoland Discovery Center

September 12-16

$10.00 plus tax for both adult and children

Includes Education workshop. Workshops integrate hands-on materials and activities designed by Legoland and educators.Includes ONE of these workshops:

"Spin the Gears" - Math and Science

"What a Great Experience" - English and Language Arts

Dallas/Fort Worth

 


Houston Zoo

"Eco Experiments"

September 15, 2016 10:00am - 1:15pm
 Join us for this day of science fun and experimental engagement.  Students will take part in hands-on investigations and deepen their understanding of scientific processes.  Are you ready to test your hypothesis?

"Student as Field Researchers"

October 5, 2016  9:30am.-1:30pm.

Join the Houston Zoo and The Nature Conservancy at the Texas City Prairie Preserve as we dig into science!  Get ready to get dirty and get wet; this interactive day allows students a first hand feel of a day in the life of a field researcher.  We will use field testing techniques to determine the health of an endangered coastal prairie ecosystem.

"Scavenger Hunt Safari"

November 8, 2016  10:00am.-1:15pm.

Get ready to get your search on!  Stations set up around the Zoo will provide students opportunities to connect with animals and create meaningful memories.  Can you find them all?

http://www.houstonzoo.org/education/home-school/

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Sealife Aquarium
Grapevine

Date TBD

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Legoland (Grapevine)

Date TBD 

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Austin Zoo

September 23, 2016  9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Entrance to the Zoo is $5.00 per person/$2.00 train ride. Advance reservations with payment are required in order to receive the Homeschool Day admission price.

  Please call 512-288-5031 for reservations. Please note: Advance reservations are required to receive the special $5 rate. Prices at the door will be full priced.

Lone Star School of Music will be supporting Austin's Home School network at the Austin Zoo. Stop by their table for fun games as well as the opportunity to win a month of FREE lessons.

http://austinzoo.org/education-programs/
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Schlitterbahn New Braunfels 
 Date TBD
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Hill Country Science Mill 
(Johnson City, TX)
$6.00 per student 1st adult FREE
Additional adults are $8.
No reservations needed.
 On the second Wednesday of each month, the Science Mill will offer a reduced rate to the museum.

In addition to museum exhibits, we will offer special demonstrations, activities and/or guests.

Hours: 10 am to 4 pm

Learning Labs will be offered at 11:30am and 1pm for an additional cost of

$4 per student (limited space available for Learning Labs).

  • September 14 - Learning Lab Age 3rd-5th graders
  • October 12 - Learning Lab Age K-2nd graders
  • November 9 - Learing Lab Age 3rd-5th graders
  • December 14 - Learning Lab Age 6th-12th graders
  • January 11 - Learning Lab Age K-2nd graders
  • February 8 - Learning Lab Age 3rd-5th graders
  • March 8 - Learning Lab Age 6th-12th graders
  • April 12 - Learning Lab Age K-2nd graders
  • May 10 - Learning Lab Age 3rd-5th graders

Additional Info: Homeschool parents can request to join the educator email list at info@sciencemill.org

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Fort Worth Zoo

October 6, 2016

All home-schooled children and their families are invited to a fun-filled educational day in the wilds of the Zoo. Learn amazing facts from our zookeepers at more than 20 Wild Encounters and enjoy asking Zoo staff your best animal questions around the Zoo’s world-class exhibits!

Children 2 & under: free

Children 3-12: $4.50

Adults 13+: $6.00

Please note:

Zoo members do not need to register for the event unless purchasing education program tickets.

Tickets purchased at the gate the day of the event will be

$7 for adults and $5.50 for children 3 to 12 years.

Online registration closes at 5 p.m. the day before the event.

Tickets are good for the event date only. 

Parking is $5 and is not included in the price of the ticket.

Tickets are nonrefundable, non-exchangeable and no rain checks will be issued.

The Fort Worth Zoo offers classes for home-schooled children ages 6 to 12 two Tuesdays a month from September to December and January to May. Classes, $25 each, are from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. and include a snack, live animal presentation and admission for each student to the Zoo on class day. Please note that the same class is offered twice a month.

2016 Home School Classes
Children ages 6 to 8:

This class will be touch on the literary stories of the animal kingdom. From fiction to poetry, students will learn the differences in writing styles, expand their vocabulary and practice their reading and writing skills. Each class we will read and learn in detail about some of our favorite animals here at the Zoo!

Topics

Aug | Storytelling – Mud City (Flamingo Bay, flamingos)
Sep | Fiction – Hello, Fish & In One Tide Pool (Australian Outback featuring Great Barrier Reef)
Oct | Nonfiction – Giraffes at Home (African Savannah, giraffes)
Nov | True Story – Looking for Miza (World of Primates, primates)
Dec | Poetry – Lizards, Frogs & Polliwogs (Musuem of Living Art (MOLA), reptiles & amphibians)

Children ages 9 to 12:

This class will discuss all things biology. Group discussions and activities include topics on anatomy, physiology and animal behaviors. Students will learn new vocabulary, work on writing exercises and have interactive group debates.

Topics

Aug | Biology – Flora
Sep | Biology – Birds
Oct | Biology – Mammals
Nov | Biology – Reptiles
Dec | Biology – Invertebrates

Children ages 13 to 18:

Want to learn more about zoology, ecology and the natural sciences? The Fort Worth Zoo’s Nature Educators in Training (N.E.T.) program provides local high school students the opportunity to learn more about environmental sciences and prepare for their fields of study, as well as earn class credit. Over the course of 10 weeks, students will take 10 two-hour classes and participate in 20 hours of homework, 10 hours of field trips and 10 hours of volunteer work, totaling the state-required 60 hours for class credit.  Classes will take place at the Zoo and are offered five days a week, year-round. (Students who wish to only audit the classes will receive a certificate for 20 hours.)


To apply for the program, please email your completed application to Jonathan Connor.. After an interview, you will be provided a link to register. The fee to participate in N.E.T. is $100.

https://www.fortworthzoo.org/homeschool

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Bullock Texas State History Museum

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Houston Space Center
October 6, 2016

Experience space science through innovative, exclusive activities and special guest speakers at Home School Day 2016 on Oct. 6 at Space Center Houston.

This incredible event provides the opportunity for home-schooled families to learn about space exploration and engage in an unforgettable day of entertainment and education.

Meet a NASA astronaut and hear from NASA Johnson Space Center experts on a variety of topics including growing up home-schooled. Learn how NASA’s inventions and research have improved lives. Find out how science fiction principles apply to real-life science and technology. Test your hand at robotics and learn about recent industry developments. Get hands-on in our interactive Pop-Up Labs where you can see demonstrations of Newton’s Third Law of Motion, make a small bulb light up, discover the destructive force of meteors and so much more!

Home School Day registration begins in August. Follow Space Center Houston on Facebook or check back for updates on specific activities and speakers.

http://spacecenter.org/home-school-day/

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Texas Renaissance Festival
Tuesday & Wednesday
November 1 and 2, 2016

Tickets: $9

Hours: 8:30am. - 4:00pm.

TheTexas Renaissance Festival invites all public, private,and home school educators and students to join us for the 12th Annual School Days, when our faire is open only to teachers and students! Students step back in time as they enter the sights and sounds of New Market Village, an authentic recreation of a 16th century European village. Students will interact with hundreds of costumed characters representing the courts, culture, art, science, and literature of the Renaissance Period.

Jousting knights, musicians, jesters, and magicians perform on stages and arenas throughout the village. Students will have the opportunity to learn courtly dances, the ancient art of falconry, and the history of arms and armor. Artisans in period dress illustrate the technological advances of the Renaissance age through live demonstrations in pottery, glass blowing, blacksmithing, armor making, and other arts and trades of this amazing period.

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