George Crum invented the potato chip. Say What? How and what he did is even funnier. He worked as a chef at Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga Springs, New York. A patron did not appreciate that his plate of french fried potatoes were too large and soft. Well, George decided to cut the potatoes super thin, fry them hard and add salt. It became a big hit and the potato chip was born.
Some of the best advice I received from a veteran homeschool mom was to concentrate on reading, writing and arithmetic during the elementary school years. But I felt so much pressure to have an extensive science curriculum. Why? As a former scientist, my kids had to do a science project weekly, intense study of matter plus memorize the periodic table by age 8! So at the start of homeschool year two, we decided to keep it simple. So far so good, momma is less stressed. Wait, momma is less stressed!
Each year the pros and cons of buying a membership is weighed and a tentative plan of field trips for the upcoming year is written down. ( I have a calendar and designated notebook just for family outings.) In the previous year 2016, we chose the aquarium membership because the price was slightly cheaper. See the post here.
Which type of membership fits your family lifestyle? Aquarium? Art? Science? Zoo? What are your child’s interest? What type of field trips do you want to take within a year? Do you frequent a particular museum in your area? Will a membership decrease out of pocket cost? Can a membership be helpful for frugal activities when traveling?
After visiting the African Art exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, I decided to purchase books from the kid’s recommended reading list. After reading excerpts of each book (yes I’m that mom), I narrowed it down to a few books to add to our home library. We wanted books that sparked family discussion and taught a valuable lesson.