If you are looking for a fresh perspective on educational field trips, look no further. This compilation of creative activities offers pre- and post-trip suggestions, key learning points, as well as pitfalls to avoid. Field trip ideas are categorized by subject and include history, visual arts, social studies, physical education, performing arts, and even math and science. Ideas are easily adaptable for homeschoolers, formal school groups, or family outings.
A scientific thriller filled with philosphical questions
Mary Shelly wrote Frakenstein in 1918 as gothic novel that explored the dangers of science. Scientist Victor Frankenstien assembles a body of stolen body parts and brings it to life, only to discover horiffic consequences. This terrifying story has been retold for audiences of all ages and the source text is a classic that shouldn't be missed.
An Ancient Prophecy, a Secret Destiny, an Incredible Fantasy Adventure.
On the first day of the Year of the Dragon, Master Ming Wu, a Chinese dragon disguised as a mysterious elderly gardener, makes orphan Little Tiger his son and heir, secretly putting the fate of the world into the boy's hands. Suddenly finding his life in terrible danger, Little Tiger must flee China, indeed the Asian continent, for the safety of North America -- Tarpon Springs, Florida, to be exact -- where his destiny awaits.
Age Level: 8 - 12 | Grade Level: 5 - 9
You are on safari in Africa, but when you step out of the truck to take photos of a Giraffe, the vehicle accidentally takes off without you. Now you are on your own.
The Serengeti National Park isn't a safe place. There are hyenas, cheetah and lions out here ... lots of lions. You wanted to see animals up close and now you're getting your wish as you try and find your way back to civilization.
This is an interactive story. At the end of each chapter you will need to choose your path wisely if you are going to avoid getting eaten by lions and make it back to your family.
Meet the father of the vampire myth in this classic work by Bram Stoker. This Victorian novel is the basis for the modern vampire and the story of Count Dracula has be reworked countless time. The epistolary novel is written as a series of letters and journal entries and address themes including the role of women in Victorian culutre and colonialism.
A strange and terrible tale of the battle between good and evil within a man's soul
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been a part of modern consciousness since it's publication and smashing success in 1886. The split personality of Jekyll and Hyde has disturbed audience and been retold in countless forms.
Age Level: 9 - 12 | Grade Level: 4 - 6
Monarchs die, dynasties crumble, and borders between states are redrawn.
Six iconic monuments, however, have remained firmly in place through centuries of wars and natural disasters.
Although the empires that created them vanished long ago, these structures are enduring testaments to wealth, power, and glory.
Em’s beautiful, colorful world is abruptly changed when she finds a new creature in the kitchen one morning. Soon after, she is forced to give up her favorite daily breakfast in exchange for nutritious hot cereal. Her new breakfast offers a different shape each morning and as she studies each, she finds herself daydreaming of quirky ways to make the creature disappear.
A dystopian terror for teens and adults
Ayn Rand's shortest work images a world where education is banned and there is one word punishable by death -- "I." The hero discovers that man's greatest duty is the pursuit of his own happiness and embodies the philosophies explored in Rand's later and longer works, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.
A Classic adventure story for the whole family
A family struggles to survive on a strange tropical island after their ship is destroyed at sea. This timeless tale was inspired by Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and is a moral and heartwarming tale of a family on the brink. Much more than the classic film, this novel is a delight for children and adults.
Epic poetry at its finest
Beowulf is one of the most studied and prasied English classic. Originally written over a thousand years ago, the story celebrates Beowulf, a young Sweedish nobleman who has battled monsters and dragons to keep his people safe.
Gullivers Travels might have once been thought of as a children's story, but there is much more going on beneath the surface tale of Gulliver's journeys to undiscovered islands. Written by Irish writer, Jonathan Swift, this story is both a satire and a parody that has become a classic of English literature.
A little boy loses his fat cat and meets many other animals along the way.
Simple sentences in both Spanish and English make this an ideal introductory bilingual reader for children.
Age Level: 8 - 18
A must-read for humans of all ages, this middle grade novel grows up before your very eyes. Painfully shy and lonely, eleven-year-old Mariah Miller hates being a human; she’d rather be an animal so she wouldn’t have to go to school and deal with mean old Mrs. Tarbox and her nasty cousin, Travis, who has invaded her life. Enchantment abounds when she finds a magic spearhead on the beach that allows her to talk to a wise old horseshoe crab and a host of other animals. Her father becomes seriously ill, and throughout her trials in the real world, she is often surprised by the unpredictable power of the spearhead. As she travels through time and space, and listens to the wisdom of creatures and people, Mariah makes leaps in her own personal growth, discovers the interdependence of all living things, learns how perspective creates reality, and what it really means to be human.
A classic tale of love and morals in Puritan New England. The Scarlet Lettter is set in 1850s Puritan Boston and tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.
This book is required reading in many high school and college English courses and is an American classic by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
"One month before my fifth birthday, my mother began teaching me to read and write, and school at home became a wonderful thing." The engaging story of Swann's experiences growing up as a Southern Baptist homeschooled child from New Mexico earning her education at a highly accelerated pace. At the age of fifteen she became the youngest student ever to graduate from Brigham Young University in its 111 year history. Her nine brothers and sisters have also been homeschooled and have completed their educations at a similar pace. Swann recounts her family's experiences with warmth, humor and affection in this poignant narrative which draws the family into the Swann household and allows them to meet Alexandra, her brothers and sisters, and her parents, John and Joyce Swann.
Our current education system is our nation s greatest tragedy. One that if not quickly remedied will have the longest lasting ill effects in these years to come.
Over the past few decades, we have seen a rapid decline in our education. The Department of Education spends tens of millions of dollars towards improvements, yet test averages continue to decline at an alarming rate. The question they will not answer is: Why our students are still failing despite all the efforts?
From inside a women s correctional facility to a small town junior high, a teacher on the inside takes you on a tour of our public education system, and exposes the hypocrisy of the philosophy: they preach, what they don t want you to teach.
A world traveling mom of ten unlocks her journal and opens the windows to a life full of adventure, love, risk, mystery and faith! This is one family's quest for purpose and peace in a wild world full of irresistible opportunities! Enjoy a homeschooling adventure that spans continents and generations.
From one adventure to the next, Sarah Janisse Brown tells the story of God’s love for her and how that love led her to an adoring husband, ten talented and creative children, and a life of both settling down and going abroad.
From her early stories about learning to read, leaving the public school, homeschooling, and building a cabin in the woods, to her first-hand experience with two wars in Eastern Europe, to her family’s appearance on a reality television show, Windows to our World will keep you turning the pages and wondering what could possibly come next for the Brown Family.
The journal entries and poetry woven throughout the book also provide a more personal glimpse into Sarah’s inspiration as a wife, mother, artist, home educator, and entrepreneur.
Don’t miss this epic adventure story of God’s love and providence in one family’s life.