Homeschool Field Trips

A list of the many places I’d like to take field trips to!


There are always so many places I’d like to take Babydoll for field trips throughout the year, but I never write them down and inevitably forget them…

I figured I’d make a list of field trips we’d like to go on for the year in the hopes that it’ll help me remember them.  While these are relevant to our area, they might give you ideas of things to look for in your own area!

Also, you can Google your state or area and “field trips” or “homeschool field trips” for things in your area.  You can also check out this list at Hip Homeschool Moms.

Anniston Museum of Natural History

Berman Museum of World History

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

Southern Museum of Flight


McWane Science Center

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Meyer Planetarium

Blue Bell

The Southern Environmental Center

Ave Maria Grotto

Dauphin Island Sea Lab


Alabama Mining Museum

The George Washington Carver Museum

Children’s Museum of the Shoals

The Rosenbaum House

Pope’s Tavern Museum

Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts

Gadsden Museum of Art

Magnolia Grove

Buck’s Pocket State Park

US Space and Rocket Center

Earlyworks Museums


Huntsville Museum of Art

Burritt on the Mountain

Huntsville Botanical Garden

Gulf Coast Exploreum

Mobile Museum of Art

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

Center for Archaeological Studies

Conde-Charlotte Museum House

American Village

Rosa Parks Museum

Old Alabama Town

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Pioneer Museum of Alabama

Children’s Hands-On Museum of Alabama

Mercedes-Benz Visitor’s Center

Moundville Archaeological Park

The Old Tavern

Birmingham Zoo

Athens Storytelling Festival

Bill’s Honey Farm

Jerry Brown Pottery

The Historic Weeden House Museum

Harrison Brothers Hardware

Aldridge Gardens

The Peanut Depot

Wild Natives Safari

Railroad Park

Homeschool Methods

Just a glimpse of the many homeschool methods!


There are a variety of homeschooling methods out there.  I’m still learning about some…

Really, the way you homeschool is a method.  It may be strictly one style or it may be a combination of several.

Still trying to figure out which one {or ones} work for you?

Here you go, the ultimate guide to homeschool methods!

Homeschool Mosaics Homeschool Methods – This is a new site, but it’s great!  There are methods on here I’ve never heard of before.

Choosing a Homeschooling Method:  Which One is Right For You? – An extensive list of homeschooling methods.

Homeschooling and Its Many Faces – Lots of links for a variety of methods.

Homeschool Methods – Finding a Method That’s Right for You – More links for a variety of methods.

Homeschool Methods, Uniquely You – A great post with curricula/resource info, too.

The Ultimate Homeschool Blogroll – This is so cool:  homeschool blogs are linked up based on their homeschooling method.

Homeschooling Methods – Lots and lots and lots of links!

Methods and Styles Directory – Exactly what the title says.

Homeschool Approaches – A few I’ve never heard of before.

Discover the Homeschooling Method That’s Right For You – A great bulleted breakdown of several methods.

Resources for Exploring Various Homeschooling Methods – Links to not only website, but books and other resources as well.

Best Homeschool Method Blogs 2010 – The voting may be over but this is still a great list of blogs about specific methods.

8 Homeschooling Methods – Um, eight homeschooling methods…

Curriculum Methods and Reviews – I think we all love learning about new-to-us curricula.

Homeschooling Approaches and Methods – Again, self-explanatory.

Carlie is looking to feature YOU!  She’s looking for posts on a variety of homeschooling methods.

Homeschool Workboxes

This was my very first blog post. Good times!


Throughout our first year of homeschooling I was told that I’d look back and realize how completely awful I was at it.  OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I definitely look back and wonder how someone like myself, so full of neatness and organizational abilities, let it get so bad.  Sure, we had fun and Babydoll learned tons of stuff, but it wasn’t a smooth process by any stretch of the imagination.  To help with this, I decided to implement the workbox system going forward.
This is what our new system looks like.  We have 12 workboxes, four bins for supplies, and a bookcase with curriculum materials.



When Babydoll begins her day, she’ll get her blank schedule strip…
…and look for box number one {or whichever box happens to be first for the day}.  I wanted to have a fairly open system, so she’ll always work in numerical order, but box number one may have a subject in it that we don’t use everyday, so there will not be two numbers on the front.  She knows to look for the boxes with two numbers: one to place on her schedule strip and one that labels the box.  So, if box number three is the first box {in numerical order} to have two numbers on the front, that’s the one she starts with for the day.

She can take one box out at a time and work on it.  It if has a “Mom” circle, she needs to do the lesson with me; if it doesn’t, she can work on that box by herself.  This is a better example of what I was describing above.  Box number one only has one number sticker, so she knows she won’t use that box for the day.  She’d start with box number two, which has two number stickers on it.
Once she is done with the box, she’ll take off the number on the left and place it on her schedule strip.
Now, she can look at her schedule strip and see which box she has done, and she can  look at her boxes and see which ones still need to be done.


After each box is completed, she’ll place her work in the “inbox”, where it will sit for me to check.

If she needs help with something and I’m unavailable, she can place a “Help” sticker on her work.

Even though Babydoll still needs me for quite a few lessons, this system also serves as a great way to keep me organized.  I’ll plan out about two weeks in advance and make a note of all books, worksheets, etc., we need and place the work in her boxes each night.  Bottom line is this: she’s looking forward to starting school and I’m thrilled about our new setup!

The workbox system was developed by Sue Patrick and the schedule strips and stickers I used were developed by Cassie Jones.  You can see her workbox setup at Spell Outloud.

Homeschool Portfolios

This post is just a few months old, but it’s one of the most popular here.


Some states require extensive homeschool portfolios be maintained to ensure parents are complying with regulations.

Other states are fairly lenient, but many parents still like to keep a portfolio to document a child’s work and progress.

In my quest to become a better portfolio parent, I decided to share the bounty of links I found.


Homeschool Essentials:  The Portfolio – Great breakdown on getting a portfolio started

Donna Young’s Homeschool Portfolio Planner – A great assortment of printables to help you get started

Homeschool Portfolio Evaluations Shouldn’t Be Scary! – Q&A about portfolios

Homeschool Portfolios – How one mom puts together her portfolio

Homeschool Portfolios – An extensive list of what this mom includes in portfolios

Homeschool Portfolio – Complete with editable PDF printables

Recordkeeping:  Portfolio & Grades – Includes ideas of what to include for each subject

Creating a Homeschooling Portfolio – A PA mom’s guide to creating a portfolio

Preparing a Homeschool Portfolio – Another guide to creating a portfolio

How to Create a Homeschool Portfolio – A list of essentials to include

8 Benefits of Creating Homeschool Portfolios – A list of the benefits of having a portfolio

Creating, Maintaining, and Presenting a Homeschool Portfolio – This takes from the beginning to the end of the process

Preparing the Homeschool Portfolio – Another list of items to include

Homeschool Portfolio 1, 2, 3 – Great step-by-step process with lots of pictures

How to Make a Homeschool Portfolio – More great pictures

How to Make a Homeschool Portfolio – Tab ideas and scrapbooking suggestions

Create the Perfect Homeschool Portfolio – Another mom’s way of doing things

Keeping a Homeschool Portfolio for High School – A list of high school specific ideas

Homeschool Portfolios:  Evaluation Checklist and More – Includes a link to a free checklist

A Homeschool Portfolio – An extensive post about this family’s homeschool portfolio

Homeschool Planning

This was originally posted in July, 2011.  It’s by far the most popular post on Sweet Phenomena.


This is the first post in a new series about homeschool planning.  I’m by no means an expert, and I definitely copy and tweak the work of others often, but I think that it is absolutely OK to do that!  As I plan our next school year, I thought I’d share with you what I do.  You can find the second post in the series here.  Here are posts three, four, and five.

It’s homeschool planning time for many of us!  Tons of posts, tweets, and status updates revolve around this task right now.

This series will take a look at some of my favorite homeschool planning posts, some of the tools available to tackle the planning, digging in and getting started, staying the course, and putting the final touches on your system.

If you’re anything like me, you love looking through the posts of others, eagerly looking for anything useful for your own situation.  Below are some of the posts I’ve found as I’ve searched for ways to plan our homeschool year.

These are just a small portion of what’s out there!  Hopefully you’ll find something that will get your creative planning juices flowing and give you an idea of what you want to do so you know where to start.

Do you have any posts about homeschool planning you’d like to share?  Leave them in the comments, I’d love to check them out!