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GALVESTON FOR HOMESCHOOLS

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

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Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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