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5 homeschool field trips in Palm Springs

I’m sharing these 5 homeschool field trips in Palm Springs as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #OBelievers

When my daughter was five, I decided to homeschool her… not forever, just for Kindergarten and probably 1st.  We had just moved back to Los Angeles and I didn’t love the local public schools, it was too late to apply for charter and we didn’t have the extra (read: double extra) funds to put her in private.  Never did I think that I would continue to homeschool.

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Since moving away to where there were viable “regular” school options, I found it very difficult to break away from the homeschool dream… because it IS a dream.  When you homeschool, not only do you have the power to decide what your child learns (outside of the state regulated curriculum) but you have freedom to travel and to experience places without fear of “missing” school.  In reality, the entire world is a school room, full of important lessons I don’t want my daughter to miss.  Savannah is now 8 and in 3rd grade. We have embarked upon a great journey, the two of us, and to say I am excited for what we will both learn this year is an understatement!

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Being a homeschool mom means you are always teaching.  We have a set daily schedule for core curriculum subjects, but the lessons never really stop and I am always looking for new life experiences.  We participate in a homeschool co-op where my daughter is in a school setting 2-3 days a week and the rest, she’s mine.  A huge part of why I wanted to homeschool my daughter was the availability to take her places.

Here in the Coachella Valley, we have a lot of great spots to learn, here are 5:

  1. The Living Desert – part zoo, part botanical gardens, part nature preserve, the Living Desert always has something going on from new exhibits to exciting events.  Kids can even check in on the Wildlife Hospital to see how the animals are cared for and don’t forget to watch North America’s largest model train set here.
  2. Palm Springs Art Museum – this art museum is not just for adults and frequently hosts kid-friendly exhibits, art projects and events just for kids.  Also attached is the Annenberg Theater for all sorts of plays and concerts. Free museum admission every second Sunday and also Thursdays from 4-8 pm!
  3. Moorten’s Botanical Garden and Cactorium – get familiar with a huge variety of desert plants from all over the world – over 3000 different species.  Before you leave, have your kids purchase a few $1-$5 cactus + pot to create their own cactus garden at home.
  4. Cabot’s Pueblo Museum – this 5,000 sq ft Hopi-pueblo was built by hand and contains Native American artifacts dating back over 100 years.  Guided tours are available so you don’t miss anything.
  5. off the beaten path – the Coachella Valley + high desert Yucca Valley has an incredible variety of landscapes and wildlife to adventure through including, but not limited to, Joshua Tree National Forest, Indian Canyons, hot springs, Aerial Tram to top of Mt. San Jacinto, Smoke Tree Stables and off-roading through the dunes.

 happy homeschooling!

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