Galveston is a rich environment to teach homeschool kids about Texas history firsthand.
With a visit to Galveston, the classroom moves out of your house and brings history to life in the places that it happened.
And you don’t even need to officially homeschool your children to make the most of the historical locations that you will find in Galveston. This curriculum also works to enhance a vacation or field trip to Galveston, making it more educational.
We have pulled together a list with links to most of the historical places in Galveston. We have also created a complete Galveston Homeschool Curriculum (pdf), which you may follow to meet many of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for 4th Grade Texas History Social Studies (see curriculum for full list of TEKS). We have added advanced concepts for students up to grade 6.
Check out this Google Map that shows you where the sites are located; they are divided using a two-day guided format. Click here to view an interactive map where these historical sites can be found.
In addition, the curriculum elements are deconstructed in the menu to the left so that you can build your own educational visit to Galveston. Things are broken up by historical places, topical areas and student activities.
Not all elements have a developed curriculum (yet!), but you can feel free to improvise your own where your child has an interest. That is the beauty of homeschooling.
Like all effective education, it will help if you start before you come to Galveston.
In many of the units to the left, you will see that we have activities for before, during and after your visit.
We recommend planning two days for your homeschool visit to Galveston to get the full benefit of the curriculum.
Before Your Visit
During Your Visit
- Don’t try to do too much. Plan some time to change location and discover things as you go.
- Go deep on the subjects you choose. This will help you all to retain what you learn and make it meaningful. You can always return to cover another aspect of the history in Galveston.
After Your Visit
Extra Credit: Reflection Essay, Be Featured on Galveston.com!
One of the best ways to remember what you learned is to write about it. At the completion of the unit and visit to historical Galveston, students may write a creative reflection essay to showcase their learning. It should inspire other students to visit Galveston and learn about its rich history and heritage. And you can apply to have your essay accepted to appear on this website!
Your essay should include the following elements:
- An illustration or photo that reflects the topic (it can be your completed mind map)
- A photograph of you visiting one of the historical sites in Galveston
- Your own personal experiences while visiting Galveston, written using your own words (less than 1,000 words)
- An explanation of what you thought was most thought provoking or most important while learning about Galveston’s history
- Please use proper grammar and spelling
Future Opportunities for Historical Places & Topics
From the Blogs
Top 5 Reasons To Bird Galveston By Car
Published: Thursday, November 08, 2018
The first in a series of "Top 5" birding blogs by Kristine Rivers. Read more.
Island Restaurants Celebrate Community & Cuisine with Galveston Restaurant Week
Published: Thursday, November 08, 2018
The eighth annual Galveston Restaurant Week - Saturday, January 26th to Sunday, February 10, 2019 - brings Galveston Island's vibrant food scene to life for two full weeks of delicious dining. Read more.
Power Grids Are a Powerful Thing
Published: Friday, November 02, 2018
Find out about the new power grid downtown that has eliminated the need for noisy generators at the Lone Star Rally. Read more.
November 2018 - The D.A.R. in Galveston
Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
During the month of November, Rosenberg Library will exhibit items related to the George Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution from its permanent collection as well as items on loan from the chapter itself. Read more.
Galveston Fishing Rodeo Wraps Up
Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The results are in for the Galveston Fishing Rodeo. The leader board is impressive. Read more.