Friday, May 10, 2013

Creation Museum Field Trip ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

{On Fridays, I post about the highlights of our homeschooling week, usually with lots of photos. I hope something here inspires or encourages you, and thanks for visiting!}

Happy Friday, friends!


Yes, the chameleon is alive!


In my life this week…

Even though we’re five year members and have been there more times than I can remember, the Creation Museum is still the highlight of the week, every time we go.

From the moment we pull in the front gates, there is an atmosphere, an aura even, of worship and reverence.
I am not exaggerating when I say that both the employees and the volunteers are the friendliest people I have ever met outside of church. They are warm and welcoming and make the entire visit a true pleasure. {If it sounds like I’m gushing, it’s because it’s all truly true. J}

When we go with our school-age children during the week, we are not viewed with the skeptical why-aren’t-your-children-in-school looks. When we walk through the grounds with our skirts swishing about our tennis shoes, we are not regarded as freaks.

I'll admit I am always weepy when we have to leave. The return to the world is harsh.


A live poison dart frog ~ behind glass!


In our homeschool this week…

So, what did we see at The Creation Museum? I’m glad you asked, but there’s only room here to mention a portion of what we saw.


The Creation Museum has three large pavilions in the middle of the gardens just for picnickers.


Dinosaurs ~ skeletons, life-size models, and animatronic
Mastadon
Poison Dart Frogs (real)
Chameleons (real)
A dinosaur dig site
Lucy
Biblical figures such as Isaiah, David playing his harp, Peter and John discovering the empty tomb, Paul writing his epistles, Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses on the church door
Walk Thru History (from Creation through the Tower of Babel)
“Men in White” video with special effects
“Created Cosmos” in the planetarium
Dozens of fossils
Ancient texts and Scriptures
Science videos throughout most of the museum
Dragon Hall Bookstore (a book lover’s and homeschool family’s dream)


Our children affectionately call this the bouncy bridge.

The scene of Adam naming the animals.

An animatronic dinosaur.

My favorite place in the entire museum -- inside Noah's Ark, complete with animatronic Noah and several dioramas.

Can't remember what kind of dinosaur this one is, but he's big!


Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

It’s not Creation Museum related, but I wanted to share this free unit study on weather from The Homeschool Classroom. Our weather has been crazy this spring, and it seems to be an epidemic across the country. We never know from one day to the next if we need jackets, short sleeves, or raincoats. Some of you still need snow shovels!


On the blog this week…

It’s been Creation Week on the blog this week.

Do you dress your children alike when you go out? You can see from the pictures that we do.

The 13yo took over the blog and posted her persuasive research report from a language assignment. J


Have a wonderful weekend!








How was your week? Have you been to The Creation Museum?






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24 comments:

  1. Wow Meghan! You are blessed. The Creation Museum is on the top of places we would like to go, but we live in Alberta, Canada. We have kind of mapped out a history trip we would like take through the States and we would end up at the museum, then come home a different way. It's fun to think about anyway.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Sounds like a terrific trip, Crystal! Hope you get to take it soon!

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  2. I love that you have access to the Creation Museum. I think it is an awesome place. I can't wait to go to the life size Ark they are building. Wow! I can't imagine.

    Oh, and I would think Weather units are on Creation...afterall, God created it, right?

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    1. I hadn't thought about that, Rachel, but you're right! Thanks! :)

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  3. What an awesoeme field trip. The Creation Museum is on our to-do-someday list.

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    1. It's well worth the effort, and they aren't paying me anything to say that! :)

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  4. Our family loves going there too. We went the beginning of this year and had a wonderful time. it never gets old.

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    1. I remember your posts about it, Michelle. Love being so close to it. :)

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  5. We LOVE the Creation Museum! We have only been there once, this past February, but we can't wait to go back when the gardens are green and blooming! You must live close to be members...or love to drive! It is a 3 hour drive for us. Thanks for sharing your pics...it took me right back!

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    1. We're a little closer than you. It's about an hour and a half from our driveway to their parking lot. Not that we've timed it.... :) So glad to see you here again, Shelly!

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  6. How neat. We would love to go there. We are very far though. :(

    Have a good weekend. Happy Mother's Day.

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    1. I keep forgetting that Mother's Day is this Sunday! Thank you for reminding me, and happy Mother's Day to you as well!

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  7. I would LOVE to visit there someday! I know my kids would love it. (and I would, too!)

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Mother's Day!

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    1. It's worth the trip, Lisa! Have a terrific Mother's Day!

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  8. What a special place! How WONDERFUL that you live so close that you can go often! So, I have this thing for coolers and picnic-ware - I'm odd, huh? LOL - I love the cooler you have. Divided trays?

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    1. Not odd, Jessy! I wondered if anyone would notice the cooler. We found it at Sam's Club, and we LOVE the wheels. Now, since you asked about the picnic-ware, they are leftover Christmas styrofoam divided plates we were using up! *blushing* So as we were enjoying the daffodils and tulips in the warm spring sunshine, our plates were telling us to have a Merry Christmas. :) Have a great weekend, no matter what season or holiday you're celebrating!

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  9. We were disappointed when we went to the Creation Museum a couple years ago. It was a rainy day so we couldn't do any of the outdoor activities, but I so hoped they would have more hands on activities for the kids and that they would provide some more in depth information for adults. I know at the time they were talking about expanding, so maybe it is different now.
    Headed over to read about the 6,000 year old earth. Blessings on your day!

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    1. I've heard several with that concern, Heather, that there didn't seem to be much for children. In the past year or so, they've added several of what they call knee-high exhibits for children. You can also pick up a scavenger hunt list at the front desk. Thanks for reading, and many blessings to you!

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  10. We love the Creation Museum! Thanks for sharing the post at Titus 2 Tuesday! Great post!

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  11. I think I *may* have heard of the Creation Museum before but I'm not sure. It's pretty far away from us so maybe some I know mentioned it or something. Looks like it would be pretty awesome to visit!

    Thanks for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party today! :)

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    1. It is incredible, Nan. If you ever make it this way, it would be worth the time and effort. Thanks, as always, for your link-up. Love your blog!

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  12. We were able to visit the Creation Museum the first year it was open. They've added so much since then. I wish we lived close enough to become members and visit there regularly.
    Stopping in from Titus 2 Linky.

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    1. I'm sure it's changed quite a bit since then, Betsy. Perhaps you can at least enjoy their web site or follow them on Facebook. They post pictures nearly every day.

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