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Experience the dramatic history of railroads and the War Between the States at the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History! A prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations member, the Museum provides visitors with a unique perspective into the strategic and economic use of railroads during and after the Civil War. The Museum is home to the General locomotive, made famous during the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. Join us for the Southern Museum’s Homeschool Workshop Series! Each workshop includes guided activities, tours, or demonstrations, plus a hands-on workshop. Learn new concepts and apply them by creating your own invention, art project, or machine! Each workshop will focus on a different train-themed subject. Workshops will address these subjects through a multidisciplinary approach. This workshop series is S.T.E.A.M.-powered, and includes Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, plus a healthy dose of history!
Experience history and see your future in a new light at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. During a visit to the Library, you’ll relive the remarkable ways God used an ordinary farm boy to change the world. Through state-of-the-art exhibits, audio and film displays, and personal memorabilia you will discover how God used Billy Graham to shape history through relationships with world leaders, his outreach efforts during times of war and peace, and his unfailing commitment to God’s love. While you’re here, stroll through the Graham Family Homeplace, where Billy lived until he left for college. Browse Ruth’s Attic Book Store, enjoy lunch or a snack in the Graham Brothers Dairy Bar, and relax in the Memorial Prayer Garden, resting place of Ruth Bell Graham, George Beverly Shea, and Cliff Barrows. Free Admission. Monday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Winter is coming soon and with it comes the magical white stuff….SNOW! Some families love it, some hate it. Regardless of where you fall you will want to find things to do with your kids during the long winter season.
I am one who firmly believes in the power of a snow day even for homeschoolers! We normally call at least 2 a year and during those snow days we often do at least one of these five things!
These activities are also ones that you can do during the upcoming holiday break. Bonus-they all could also count as school days and your kids wouldn’t even know ;)
- Make Snow Crème: We LOVE making Snow Crème! It is SO easy to make and tastes delicious. Here is the recipe:
- 4 Cups of Snow
- 1 Cup of Milk
- ¼ cup of sugar
- 1tsp of Vanilla
- Chocolate or Strawberry syrup (if desired)
- Purge on Movies and Popcorn: We love a good movie or a Little House marathon. Sometimes on snow days we will ditch the books and the cold and curl up to watch some of our favorite movies. Add some popcorn and hot chocolate and you have a dream snow day!
- Paint the Snow: Snow paint is super easy to make and will keep the kids busy for awhile! All you need are spray bottles with adjustbale nozzles and food coloring. Let the kids see what kind of pictures and shapes they can make in the snow! You will be amazed at the beautiful creations J.
- Messy Art or Science Projects: Snow days are the perfect days to whip out all the messy activities you normally say no too. Paint, baking, glitter, play doh, whatever the kids want to do, let them have at it! Make playdoh, experiment with baking soda and vinegar, paint a collage, find something that is messy and have fun with your kids!
- Board Game Day: We enjoy board games but rarely have the time to play more than one a day. Some snow days we will sit and play a tournament of board games. Who can win the most hands of Uno? Get out monopoly and FINISH a game, have a battle ship tournament, and see who can perform the best Operation. There are tons of board games you can play with your kids, and chances are you can find one in your house you’ve not played for a while.
I encourage you the next time it snows to consider taking a snow day and doing one of these activities with your kids. Snow days are a great chance to sit back, relax and have a BREAK! A day of rest from the planning, grading and teaching, and a day to just sit back and be a fun mom!
Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey