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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Homeschool Cruise (31 Days of Field Trips Series)

Homeschool Cruise

Hello from Sunny Florida! Well, it's been raining for eight days, but the sun is still there!

My name is Mazie Middleton and I am a fifteen year veteran homeschooler. I have an only child, so when I started out on this adventure of homeschooling, we were all alone.  NOT wanting to be all alone, I started a weekly co-op. For fifteen years I was the administrator and teacher of this wonderful co-op called "Home's Cool Co-op". We offered everything that your child would have received in school, but couldn't get while homeschooled. Like credits for Driver's Ed, Biology and PE credits. We also offered Prom, a year book and a graduation. Another one of my responsibilities was to offer and promote a monthly field trip. At first it started out locally. The neighborhood grocery store, the Florida State Fair, ext. Then it progressed to the state capital and then on to our nation's capital. In January of 2005, our family went on our first cruise with our church. WOW! That was a blast! After returning from this cruise and showing all of our pictures to our co-op family, one mom said, "What about a "homeschool cruise"? A homeschool Cruise? YES, A HOMESCHOOL CRUISE!

So in November of 2005 we had our first official Homeschool Cruise! Forty five families went to Cozumel, Mexico. We had a meet & greet, family activities and every night the kids received a special gift at dinner.

Before Facebook and Twitter was so popular, the only way of getting the word out was through e-mail and word of mouth! Well, it spread like wild fire. Over one hundred families joined us the following year and here we are, fifteen years later, and over 5000 men, women and children have sailed with The Homeschool Cruise! Our web site is www.HomeschoolCruise.com and my contact information is on the site.

This year we will be sailing October 26 - 31 to Grand Cayman and Cozumel on the pretty Carnival Paradise. 2016's cruise is already booked and ready for families to call and place their deposits down! We will be sailing on the lovely Carnival Conquest from Fort Lauderdale to Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Amber Cove in the DR all are welcome and we would love to welcome you aboard The Homeschool Cruise!

Mazie Middleton CTA, MCC
The Homeschool Cruise

**Note from Jen:  We went in 2014 and it was A-Mazing! 

USVI and Puerto Rico
Grand Turks

While in FL we also checked out LegoLand

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review: Kids Love Travel Guides and #Giveaway (31 Days of Field Trip Series)

Kids Love Travel Review

I was lucky to be able to check out Kids Love 95 by KidsLoveTravel.com.  I own Kids Love Maryland and Kids Love Pennsylvania already.  Kids Love 95 did not disappoint me either! 

These are great books!   If you are visiting an area, live in an area or passing through on a road trip…these are the GO TO books of kid friendly places to visit along the way!

The Kids Love 95 book is listed by exit numbers!  We just recently made a 95 S trip to Florida and wish I’d had this book then!

The state specific books are listed by region. They list all the pertinent information, as well as URL (so you can check to make sure nothing has changed).  Book also include black and white pictures, maps…all in an easy to use format!

These are definitely MUST have books and I have good news!  TWO of my readers will get to win the book of their choice in print or ebook version!

Best-selling family travel guides available for: Florida, Georgia,
Illinois Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland (includes DC),  Michigan, Missouri,
North & South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia (includes DC) and Wisconsin
Also Kids Love I-75 & Kids Love I-95

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Musical Field Trips and Unit Studies to Learn about Composers (31 Days of Field Trips Series) and Poppins Book Nook #Giveaway

Musical Field Trips and Unit Studies

Field Trips

For a complete list of Symphony Orchestras by State click HERE and Youth Orchestras by State click HERE
New York - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – Meet the Artist School Series

WisconsinMilwaukee Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert Series
Wisconsin Center for Music Education

California - LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL Symphonies for Schools program
Lynn Kleiner’s Music Rhapsody
MinnesotaJunior Composers Programs
ColoradoPhilomusica – A Musical Playground
MassachusettsBoston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerts
TexasDallas Symphony Orchestra, DSO Kids
OregonOregon Symphony
FloridaFlorida Youth Orchestra
MissouriUniversity Concert Series
VirginiaRichmond Symphony Family Concerts
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
New YorkBuffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music for Youth Concert Series
MarylandMaryland Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerts
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Mid Week Concerts
ArizonaMusical Instrument Museum
IllinoisOld Town School of Folk Music
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Iowa – Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Youth Concerts
MichiganAnn Arbor Symphony Kinder Concerts
OhioColumbus Symphony
South Carolina – Charleston Symphony Orchestra Young People’s Concerts and Instrument Petting Zoos
These are just a FEW of the many Symphonies in the United States, check the full list of Symphonies for an education program near you!
Famous Composers Virtual Field Trip
20 Awesome Trips for you Musical Class

Auditory/Visual Resources for at Home or in the Car:

A CD favorite of ours Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies – There are 3, number 1 is our favorite!
Classical Kids Series
Classical Kids iOS app edition
Classics for Kids Podcasts

Unit Study Resources

Handel Composer Study sample mediumComposer Study-small
Composer Study Product Page by Enrichment Studies, The Handel Study is FREE! 
Instruments of the Orchestra Activity Pack

Confessions of a Homeschooler – World’s Greatest Composers Vol 1 and Vol 2
Homeschool Share – Classical Composers
Homeschool in the Woods – Composers
FREE Monthly Composer Studies
FREE Download Studies of Great Composers
Charlotte Mason Style Composer Study


Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers

Poppins Book Nook

This Year’s Co-hosts
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Note the Score with your Favorite Composer Giveaway! Composer are important to music because they write the music the musician play in their orchestras, bands, and groups. This month the Poppins Book Nook is bringing Composer themed storybooks to life with fun activities and more! Every month this group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win the Note the Score with your Favorite Composer Giveaway. The winner will receive one copy of The Story of the Orchestra by Robert Levine. So let’s all get our instruments ready and bring composer themed storybooks to life in this month with the Poppins Book Nook!
Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the PromoSimple terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  Just enter the PromoSimple below to win:


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