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Mom Review: Mirror Maze in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Gatlinburg in the winter is a different sort of town than Gatlinburg in the summer.

When we took our recent adventure to the mountain town, we found it sleepy and quiet and that’s exactly the way we liked it.  Traffic was minimal (except for the weekend) and the streets were not overcrowded and the restaurants had no wait time.  Again – that’s exactly what we love – especially when we are always a party of six (at least) and generally tables for six are not as readily available at peak times.

The Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies was hands down our favorite activity of the week, but we had some great laughs and funny moments at several other stopping points along the Gatlinburg streets.

In exchange for writing honest reviews, the kind folks who run all of the Ripley’s attractions offered us tickets to a few of their other museums and amusements.  I’ll be sharing all three reviews in a three part series over the next week or so. ~Lacey Keigley

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Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze

The first choice for us, after visiting the aquarium, was to walk down the street to Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze.  The Mirror Maze is right on Gatlinburg’s main street and it’s very easy to walk from anywhere you park in town.  (Lucky for us, we just left our car in the aquarium parking lot, which was convenient.)

The lobby of the mirror maze features two gigantic walls of candy so – you know – parents beware.  Your kids will definitely ask for candy.  You can say no, naturally.  I didn’t want to purchase pounds of sugar and food dye and banana flavored everything, but I also remember what it was like as a kid to be looking at a WALL of dreamy candy so I offered a quick compromise to my band of kids.  “Everyone can pick two pieces of candy,” I told them.  Oddly enough, they were thrilled and quite satisfied.  So they each chose literally two single pieces of candy – and we were all content.  A little sugar versus begging and copious amounts of sugar.  Or, again – you can just say no.  Isn’t it funny, parents?  You really do get the choice.

We were kind of extra excited about the concept of a mirror maze because most of us have been reading the book series of The Mysterious Benedict Society and the kids in the novel series are always facing challenges and puzzles and this mirror maze felt like our own challenge and puzzle.

The employees told us to put on plastic gloves that they provided – gigantic, ill-fitting plastic gloves – so that we would be more hygienic as we touched the mirrors that every other guest has most assuredly been touching as well.  I tried to avert my thoughts from the finger touched mirrors and just tried to think of the fun of conquering a maze with my children.

We decided to all hold hands to add to our experience and because we genuinely thought we might face the possibility of getting lost from one another inside the maze.

That probably wouldn’t have happened.

The mirrors were everywhere – as they should be in a maze – and they certainly played tricks on your mind as to which direction to turn and which door to take and where to go next.

There was an “infinity” room that made me laugh a lot – mostly because of the song blaring – was it Journey? – and the lights flashing and the disco ball. All those quirky details, you know.

Our technique of making it through the maze was rather effective as we found the ending in record time.  But, because we liked the mirrors and we wanted more of a challenge, we decided to pretend we didn’t find the exit and kept trucking through the corners and the twists and the turns all over again just for fun.

Also, we discovered a fundamental truth concerning mirror mazes.  Fundamental, I tell you.  It is this: You should choose your outfit wisely and fix your hair carefully before entering said mirror maze.  Because you are going to be seeing yourself from every angle.  Every. Angle.  And you’re going to want to leave this mirror maze with some self-respect intact.  Every. Angle.

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There you go.  I’ve covered the walls of candy and the dress yourself correctly bits.  They were important.

As far as the maze itself goes, it really was lots of fun.  It was speedy, though.  And that’s a little hard to swallow to spend money to be in and out of an attraction in ten minutes or less.  When you buy the Mirror Maze as part of the an add-on ticket, it hurts a little less.

In Review

I’d say the key to all Gatlinburg attractions is the same, keep your expectations in line.  Recognize that this is not Disney.  This is Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  These are mirror mazes and world record museums and 5D moving theaters on a street in a mountain town.  A town that sells footlong corn dogs at place called Fannie Farkle’s for the same price that you can buy two kids’ meals at Chick-fil-A.

Be reasonable, guys.

If you are visiting Gatlinburg for the second (or thirtieth) time, you already know this.

And you’re okay with it.

You’re making these return trips to Pigeon Forge and to Gatlinburg, to the cabins and to the go cart rides, to the outlets and to the pancake houses, because it’s nostalgic, because you first came to Gatlinburg as a kid with your Memaw and your Pepaw, because you brought your toddlers here and you remember how big their eyes grew when they first ordered their silver dollar pancakes at the Pancake Pantry and rode their first roller coaster at Dollywood and you like the idea of returning to the same quirky streets that seem like they never change, old time photo shops on every corner and a gem store and wooden guns and beanie babies.  That’s why you come to Gatlinburg.

So you stroll through the mirror maze and you let the kids buy a couple of pieces of candy and you stop in for the free fudge samples (always take the free fudge, people) and you admire the hand crafted wooden knives and you buy the funnel cake and you stack up those memories and that nostalgia for all its worth.

Expectations, friends.  Most adventures fare better when you can manage your expectations.

Book your tickets here (purchasing via this link allows a small amount of the proceeds to go to Kidding Around Greenville).

Are you traveling to Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge? See our other travel reviews:

Meet Lacey
Lacey KeigleyLacey Keigley is the mother of six children – five of whom she homeschools. She thinks old wooden crates make the best bookshelves. She hangs worn out barn tin on her walls and calls it art. She believes raising her six children is the scariest and the wildest journey she has ever taken. She likes the magic of sunlight through the old bottles on her kitchen shelf. She blogs about education and parenting and grace and unexpected adventures on her blog SoEveryDay. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram and Pinterest.

What You as a Parent Need to Know About STEAM

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Thank you to our sponsor Primrose School of Simpsonville at Five Forks for providing this article.

Lately, everyone seems to be talking about STEAM. This acronym—which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics—has become a hot topic in the world of education and in the business community. The practice of teaching by incorporating these concepts into multidisciplinary lessons is revolutionizing education approaches across the country, even for children in preschool. While young children may not be able to understand multiplication or how computers work, they can develop a strong foundation for future learning by exploring STEAM skills and concepts through play and discussion, and then applying those skills through more play.

What is STEAM?

Science encourages investigation and answering questions, often involving experimentation.

Technology refers to using simple tools like crayons and rulers, as well as more complex ones like microscopes and computers.

Engineering refers to recognizing problems and testing solutions to them.

Arts encourages creativity and allows children to illustrate concepts they are learning.

Mathematics deals with numbers, but also patterns, shapes, organizational skills and much more.

STEAM for young children

There are many reasons why STEAM subjects should be addressed in early learning settings. A key component of STEAM is process skills, such as making observations, hypothesizing and critical thinking. These skills help young children grasp math and science concepts early in life while building a base for more complex concepts for years to come.

Research has shown that even very young children are capable of mathematical reasoning and can understand more advanced math skills than previously thought. Young children are also able to ask questions and make predictions about the world around them. In short, children are fully capable of learning foundational STEAM concepts, and parents and teachers should help children develop these skills at an early age.

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STEAM learning can also take place outside of the classroom. For example, parents can encourage children to channel their inner engineer through a boat race activity. Have children use a variety of recyclables—cork, foil, tape, craft sticks, straw, an old swim noodle and paper for a sail—to build a boat that can sail across the bathtub, a pan of water or a puddle. After creating the boat, have children blow “wind” toward the boat to see how fast their creation travels. Parents and children can host races between multiple boats and discuss which boat is faster and why.

Young children grasp concepts through exploration and trial and error, so they should learn STEAM concepts at their own pace and in ways that are natural to them. To ensure that children are learning at their own pace, Primrose offers a balance of play with guidance from teachers and repeats STEAM lessons so children can master skills as they are ready.

To learn about Primrose School of Simpsonville at Five Forks, visit their website or call 864-757-1191. For more helpful parenting tips and information, visit our blog and sign up for the Pointers for Parents newsletter.

Would your children benefit from STEAM in their preschool education?

Meet Meggie Bradbury
Meggie is the proud Franchise Owner of Primrose School of Simpsonville at Five Forks. She has deep roots in early education, as her parents founded Primrose Schools more than 30 years ago to give her the quality early education experience they felt she deserved. Today, she and her husband are thrilled to continue to bring the Primrose Schools’ Balanced Learning® approach to our community, providing families the peace of mind that comes from our research-based blend of teacher-guided and child-initiated activities with an emphasis on character development. It is such a comfort to know their 3 year old daughter and soon-to-be son now have the opportunity to receive the same high-quality early education and care as she did. As Primrose parents themselves, they’re committed to creating a family atmosphere through a true partnership with parents and staff. Their goal is to foster an environment where children from 6 weeks to 6 years old can grow their Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®. Meggie is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC) and a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach (CTC), which makes them a family committed to wellness. They incorporate balanced meals and snacks into our school and instilling healthy habits that will hopefully stay with our students for life. Meggie and her husband are delighted to bring Primrose Schools to Simpsonville at Five Forks and they look forward to welcoming even more of its youngest citizens to our special Primrose family!

10 Things You Need to Know About Music Lessons

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Thank you to Theresa Case from our sponsor Piano Central Studios for contributing this article.

Thankfully we live in a community that is very aware and supportive of the arts and all of the benefits that come with early and sustained exposure to the arts.  Parents will enroll their very young children in Kindermusik®, for example, because they want their children to develop a love for and interest in music in the hopes that they will continue on with music lessons.  But in case the thought of becoming a music lesson parent feels a little daunting to you, or even if you’re perfectly confident about having your child taking music lessons, here are some things you didn’t know you needed to know about music lessons.

Things You Need to Know About Music Lessons

Even “non-musical” parents can have significant influence in helping their children succeed at music lessons.

Whether you have a musical background or not, what your child needs most from you is your support, your interest, and your encouragement.  Making sure your child practices, gets to lessons regularly and on time, and knows that you love hearing him play or sing makes all the difference in how far – and how long – your child will keep up with playing the piano or learning to sing.

Music lessons require work and dedication, but there’s big payoff.

Though the effort is a bit different, music lessons are as much a labor of love and dedication for the parents as they are for the student.  But the payoff comes when you see the joy in their eyes, the self-confidence that is blossoming, the creativity that begins to inspire every area of their thinking – all because of a developing skill that they can literally enjoy for the rest of their lives.

Your child’s music lesson teacher will eagerly welcome your involvement.

In fact, your child is guaranteed to succeed more quickly, more easily, and more enjoyably if you as the parent take an active role in maintaining an open line of communication with your child’s music teacher and insisting on practice at home throughout the week.  You know your child best, and your child’s music lesson teacher loves nothing more than being able to work closely with you.

Just because your child tells you they want to quit doesn’t mean it’s true.

Many times “I want to quit” is because the student is on the edge of breaking through to a new level of musical skill and development, something that always spurs a student on to even greater enjoyment and progress.

If you feel like your child isn’t making much progress, look first at his or her practice habits and routine….

After you look at practice habits and routine, then take some time to talk to his/her teacher.  There’s one main thing that results in progress – consistent quality practice.  “Quality” being defined as practicing what the teacher asks and how the teacher asks.  Chances are that you and the teacher will be able to identify the stumbling block and find a way through it so that your child gets right back on the path to progress.

Your music teacher loves for you to read the notes – and not just the ones on the music you’re learning.

Though the method may vary, every good teacher will have some kind of written assignments plus helpful tips for the week of practice that’s ahead.  It’s extremely beneficial to keep the Assignment Notebook open to the page for the week so that you and your child can easily refer to it every practice session.

Taking music lessons in the summer will save you at least two months’ worth of tuition in the Fall.

The intentions are always good, but it’s hard to keep up with practicing and maintaining the skill that’s been gained without the consistency and accountability of summer lessons.  It can take 2 – 3 months to regain the momentum, skill, and understanding that will be lost over the summer.

If your child thinks that he doesn’t have the option to quit, he might surprise you with just how long he’ll stick with taking lessons.

You might be thinking that you’re not sure how this “lesson thing” is going to work out, but don’t let on to your child that there’s an option to quit anytime soon – if ever at all.  It does something positive to a child’s psyche if he understands that music lessons are an expected part of the routine and something that you are committed to as well.  So buy the quality instrument, and then invest the time, money, and care into your child’s musical success right from the very beginning.

It takes three people plus a great program to equal music lesson success – the teacher, the parent, and the student.

You’ve heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child, but when it comes to music lessons, it takes a triangle.  It’s the solidity of the teacher-parent-student triangle that can unfold and ignite the musical potential that is in every child.

It’s not just about an activity for now; it’s about an advantage for life.

It’s been said that a love of music is one of the first things to develop and one of the last things to go.  Making music not only is a skill that you can enjoy as much at age 80 as you did at age 8; it is also a skill that will increase cognition, improve memory, and continue to give so much joy even as you get older.

Motivation will take your child much farther than talent can.

That’s why it’s so important to find a program and a teacher who works hard to keep your student self-motivated.  There is no limit to what a child can accomplish if her or she loves their music lessons.

So maybe this isn’t exactly “everything” you didn’t know you needed to know about music lessons, but hopefully it’s a good start – enough at least to give insight into finding the right program in which to enroll your child for music lessons and to give encouragement that giving your child music lessons is unwrapping a gift they will enjoy for now… and for life.

Learn more about music lessons through Piano Central Studios.

Would your child love to take music lessons?

Meet Theresa Case, Director of Piano Central Studios
IMG_0435_200pxA love for music and true enjoyment in teaching and watching others enjoy music is what motivates Theresa Case, Director of Piano Central Studios in Greenville, SC. Theresa started playing the piano at age 4 1/2 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Music Education. She has spent most of her life building on the “heart connection” she’s always had with music.
As the director of Piano Central Studios since 1995, Theresa has grown the program from a small school with a handful of students to the largest community music school in the Upstate. Currently, Theresa is responsible for overseeing the entire program at PCS, managing a staff of over 30 teachers and coordinating Kindermusik classes, music lessons, and art classes at multiple studio and school locations. Along with her wonderful team of teachers, Theresa loves helping to make a difference in the lives of so many families and students who are such a special part of PCS.
By far, Theresa’s best life work includes serving in her church and being a wife and a mother. She enjoys cooking, reading, shopping, and spending time with her husband and three boys.



Pokemon Go-ing Around Greenville SC

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Want to teach your kids basic navigation and map reading skills? What about a love of daily strolls around the neighborhood or even just get them excited about any errand? Maybe you just need one more way to get them to go play in the yard? Well then you’ll probably want to download the new, highly popular (and FREE) game app Pokemon GO, if you haven’t already. Based on the old card and video games many of us had growing up, you can “catch” Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur and all your old after school cartoon favorites. You can meet up with other players to battle at a “gym” as well. You can even join a local Facebook group for pointers.

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How does Pokemon Go work?

The premise is fairly basic. You walk around with the app on and Pokemon (pocket monster for those not in the know) randomly pop up on screen. You can then throw pokeballs at them to capture them by dragging the ball towards them on your touch screen. This is where the crazy pictures you’ve seen online are coming from (but my phone’s AR mode never seems to work sadly). You can power up or evolve the various Pokemon into stronger forms; “transferring” excess pokemon will give you more “candies” to develop the ones you keep.

Once you’ve reached level five, you can battle at gyms after joining either Team Mystic, Instinct or Valor. My five year old chose without even telling us, so yay Team Valor! Luckily the game isn’t cut-throat competitive so you can still progress and enjoy it even if say, your two year old, uses all the stardust you’ve been saving. You can buy extra supplies with coins earned from gyms or purchased with real money and get lures, incense, et cetera to attract more Pokemon or otherwise improve your game. You can also hatch eggs with incubators but this can require walking up to 10K! If you’ve ever wanted to explore the Swamp Rabbit Trail, this would be good motivation!

Even if you can’t yet or don’t want to go to Poke-gyms, you can find various “poke-stops” all around town, most of which are Google points of interest. They both appear as blue pillars on the screens. When you are near one (even if just in your car) you can spin them to give you supplies like extra pokeballs and eggs. Pokestops can be various landmarks like say Haywood Mall or even just someone’s random “dog with basket” statue in their driveway. Many Chick-Fil-A’s have one so we find ourselves often turning into their parking lot. However never play while driving and always be alert. You can pull over or back track if needed to a Pokestop. They’re not going to disappear. My kids can play while I drive but under strict instructions not to distract me in traffic.

Safety first

If you’re walking when playing be sure to stay alert, stop in a safe spot to check your phone and look both ways before crossing streets. Seek out sidewalks or walking trails as to be more pedestrian friendly. There are some great spots to play like Pittman Park (two pokestops) or Mauldin Cultural Center (many pokestops and two gyms). Pokeman makes life into a big scavenger hunt so have fun and be safe!

Is your family playing Pokemon Go yet?

Meet Lindy
Lindy WilsonLindy Wilson is a transplant to Greenville. She loves discovering her new home with her family and tends to be a bit crunchy. She enjoys cooking but not nearly as much as eating. She also likes shopping for a good deal.

Homeschooling Around Greenville: Making the Most of Convention Time

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It’s homeschool convention time!  I’m so excited!   I loved visiting Great Homeschool Convention’s South East Convention at the TD Center last year.  There were so many encouraging and informative speakers at this Christian homeschooling convention.  And of course there’s the exhibition hall, packed full of curriculum, books, and oh so many kits and gadgets.  But I know some folks don’t share my excitement.  I’ve heard from many homeschooling moms and dads who avoid these events.  Many are afraid of being overwhelmed by the offerings, spending a bit too much in that lovely exhibit hall, or fear long drawn out sales pitches disguised as sessions and workshops.  If that sounds like you, read on, especially if you’ve never visited before. ~Maria Bassett, KAG contributor

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Tips for making the most of your visit to a homeschool convention

So Many Sessions!  Where do I start?

While its subject to change, the convention organizers provide not only a schedule of session titles, but also a detailed summary of what to expect in each session (and a bit about the presenters, too).  Spend some time a day or so before the event looking over the offerings, so you’re not left standing in the hall staring at a program booklet of session titles trying to figure out which might be relevant to you.  If you print your own list, do make sure you follow the locations listed in the program you receive at check-in.  Locations are the most likely to change.

Help!  This session…..is not what I thought it was going to be!

I know.  You don’t want to be rude.  But if you should find yourself in one that’s not quite what you had in mind, or isn’t helpful to you, its okay to get up and find another.  There are so many sessions happening concurrently, don’t waste your time if the one you’re in is not for you.

These presenters are all selling something!

Yes, a lot of them are presenting about a specific curriculum, or a specific problem their product can help solve.  But here’s the thing.  Those sessions are like live, in person manuals to the products.  They teach you how those products are structured and are intended to be used.  If you skim the exhibit hall (more about that later) and you see something that interests you, check when the representatives from that booth are presenting and go see them.  It’s a no stress, no pressure way to hear about a curriculum.  Last year, some of these sessions were attended by folks already using the curriculum being presented at the session.  They asked questions about how it was intended to be used, or commented about how they use it.  So it’s really not just a sales demonstration.  To me, that discussion was so helpful. I found the perfect reading program for my special learner this way.  And if you’re there, and it doesn’t sound like it will meet your needs, don’t be afraid to go visit another session!

Exhibit Hall.  WOAH…….

I might be alone in my curriculum addiction.  I don’t know.  But I just love looking at all that material.   However, it definitely can be overwhelming.  My advice?  Take a walk through on the first day of the convention purposefully buying nothing.  Just take non-committal, no stress walk through.  If this is your first time visiting a homeschool exhibit hall, nearly everything you look at is probably going to make you rethink what you’re doing in your homeschool.  It’s enough to make your head spin and your wallet empty.  But you’re not frazzled!  Because you know there’s a lot of excellent material out there, but it’s NOT all excellent for you.  So use the map in your program to mark the location of booths with products you might be interested in.  See when and what the vendors you marked are presenting about and decide if you want to go to any of their sessions.  Remember, most people go to the exhibit hall between sessions, so these are the most crowded times.  If the crowds overwhelm you, visit the booths you are interested in when there are sessions happening that don’t really interest you (or if you need a break from sitting and listening!).  You’ll be able to see the curriculum and products better, spend more time looking through them, and talk one on one with the representatives.

Buying Curriculum in the Exhibit Hall

There are definitely deals to be found.  Last year there was a used book vendor with good deals, and there was a paper and art supply company that had some very inexpensive paper, journals, and more.  And while it is true that some curriculum vendors will sell out of some of their products before the weekend is over, many will give you convention pricing if you order it at the convention and have it shipped to you (added bonus, no lugging it around!).  So don’t feel pressured to buy before you are ready.  And definitely go home and check prices online before you go back for day two or three of the convention and make your purchases.

What sessions do you recommend?

There are so many good sessions, and many are completely new for this convention.  However, I will say Kirk Martin’s sessions dealing with parenting, discipline, and behavior struggles are very popular.  I also enjoyed several of Heidi St. John’s sessions last year, for a good dose of encouragement and conviction.  The value of the sessions involving specific curriculum are too dependent on your own family’s specific homeschooling needs, so I won’t venture into those for recommendations.  For a full list of session titles, and a detailed explanation of each session and presenter, go here.  (Use the links under the SE convention.)

Want to go?

Great Homeschool Conventions

2016 South East Homeschool Convention

Greenville’s TD Convention Center

March 10-12 (Registration begins at 2.  First session begins at 3:30.  Exhibit Hall opens at 6.)

Go here to register ahead for the best price.

Do you have a tip to add to my list for visiting the Great Homeschool Convention?

Meet Maria Bassett
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned home-school mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, currently pre-school through 2nd grade age. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.

Homeschooling Around Greenville: Exposure to the Arts

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We work hard to expose our kids to a wide variety of visual and performing arts.  As a one income family, however, that can be tough to achieve financially.  I know a lot of homeschool (and traditionally schooled) families are in a similar position.  We want to bring our kids to concerts and theater performances, but can’t manage the sometimes hefty cost of tickets for a family.  And while Greenville has some well-known local venues which provide excellent opportunities to see top notch performing arts events, there are other venues nearby that offer a similar opportunity at a fraction of the price.  You only have to head to this area’s universities to experience a wealth of talent in the arts, and because these are students still honing their craft, the cost is often far less than the professional performances downtown. ~Maria Bassett, KAG Contributor

Homeschooling Around Greenville- Exposure to the Arts

What’s coming up in Greenville

My husband and I, on a budget date night, attended a Shakespeare play last year at North Greenville University.  We were blown away by the professionalism and quality not only of the actors and actresses, but also the sets, design, and stage crew.  My two oldest children and I also attended The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, this past November.  It was another awesome performance.  Why am I telling you this?  Because North Greenville has two productions this spring semester, Shadowlands runs January 28-30th and Into the Woods runs April 14-16 and 21-23.  Tickets are $12 for adults and only $5 for students!  You may find these performances to be an affordable opportunity to expose, particularly your older students, to quality theater. You can view North Greenville’s theater offerings and order tickets here.  Hurry though, because these shows seem to sell out quickly.

North Greenville also offers a few instrumental and vocal performance options, many of which are free to the public.  You can find a complete list of North Greenville’s cultural offerings here.

Looking for more arts events?  Bob Jones University offers concerts, plays and even visual arts exhibits which are all open to the public.  Ticket prices vary, but many are fairly inexpensive.  Their spring season features an opera, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, on March 8, 10, and 12.  And also Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which runs April 21-23.  These large scale performances cost more (tickets range from $20-$38), but they are still much less expensive than professional performances of a similar nature.  And Bob Jones has many other arts opportunities throughout the semester with free admission or low cost tickets.  Check out this webpage from Bob Jones, for a full list of their offerings.

Prepare your kids for the trip

If you decide to bring your homeschoolers to one of the events, please remember that while these are an awesome opportunity to expose your children to quality arts performances, for the most part these are not events specifically designed for children.  Proper audience etiquette is expected (most especially remember to be respectful and supportive of these student performers as they share their gifts and talents).   Students attending should be able to sit quietly without needing to get up during the performance (visit the potty beforehand!) so performers and other audience members are not disturbed.  I remind my own children that these performers are still in school themselves and we need to help them do their best by staying quiet!   Events like these might be a good opportunity for a special night out with mom or dad for an older sibling, but probably aren’t suitable for your youngest homeschoolers.

I hope you’re able to enjoy some of these great events at our local universities!

RELATED: Homeschooling Around Greenville: Exploring Flight & Don’t Homeschool Only at Home

Meet Maria Bassett
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned home-school mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, currently pre-school through 2nd grade age. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.

How Our RMSC Pass Saved Us $100+ Last Week

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I personally recommend that local families consider purchasing memberships to the attractions in our area. It’s beneficial on a number of levels. Being a member has perks such as providing year-round educational experiences for your kids, investing in local non-profits and access to special parties and discounts. But, another less tapped into benefit is the access to reciprocal admission benefits at other attractions across the United States. We decided to test the benefits of an ASTC Passport Membership this past week during a family trip to see if it was a deal worth the money. (more…)