Winter Break is Coming!

This is a friendly reminder to our families that GFT will be closed on Tuesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 20 for our winter break.  Don’t forget to check out our Field Trip email to see what where we’ll be around town that week.  Additionally, spring break is April 7th and 9th with GFT’s last day of the year being Thursday, May 21st.

Stayed tuned for information regarding our new-and-improved summer series this year!  We’ve been working to devise an AWESOME play-based program for the students for the months of June and July!  We can’t wait to see you soon!

Who Says This Isn’t Science?

Back when I taught in public school and the STEM fair (the “A” hadn’t quite made it into the acronym yet) rolled around, I remember specifically sharing with students that, while extremely cool, an erupting volcano does not a science experiment make.  Why?  Well, at the time, I assumed that having a student dump a few materials into a cup did not require much scientific questioning or knowledge.  This week, the students proved it is capable of doing so much more than that!

Our GFT elementary students enjoyed a mini volcano unit this week, stemming from a book brought in by one of their peers.  After reading and discussing the book aloud, they got to work building the volcano.  Not only did debate over the proper materials to use take place, but the teamwork, sharing, patience, and wonder they experienced was inspiring.

Next came the fun part… the eruption!  They measured and added the materials to create quite the show!  Then, things got really messy!  The food coloring was brought out to create a magical, swirling demonstration of color blending.  And the grand finale came when the children discovered some fake “snow” that they could also incorporate into the eruptions.  The mess and comradery are ones they will remember, for sure!

Upcoming GFT Field Trips!

One of the first questions anyone considering homeschooling ever seems to ask is, “But what do you DO all day?!” While the answers among the homeschooling community will vary greatly, here at GFT we want to help fill in some of those spaces for you!

Our tutors have been working hard to scour the greater-Baltimore area for free and low-cost field trip options.  Because we want to create an open invitation for anyone following our community, we’re publishing all the info here!  The plan is to also get all the events up on our Facebook page, as that will be the best way to find out about any last-minute changes and/or additions.

Please note that these are not GFT-sponsored events, so families are all responsible for their own children (read: not a drop-off unless specified by the actual host), and questions about the event(s) should be directed to the host.   Some events require pre-purchasing tickets or registration fees.  This must be done on the part of the individual family.  GFT is not responsible for events that sell out prior to purchase or ultimately get canceled.  In the event of inclement weather, please contact the hosts for their weather policies.

We look forward to getting out to support our community and look forward to seeing you there!   ** Indicates that we are awaiting approval and have listed a back-up option.

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Wednesday, February 5 (First Wed of each month), 10 AM-2 PM (elementary age AM/older PM) 

Homeschool Nature Time at Cylburn Arboretum led by Molly Hoopes, RSVP required (Molly.Hoopes@baltimorecity.gov), $5/student donation requested at the door

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Wednesday, February 12, 12:30-1:30 PM

Rawlings Conservatory (MICA students’ poster show) Picnic Lunch, self-guided tour, $5/student donation requested at the door

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Thursday, February 20, 10 AM (GFT’s Winter Break!)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Classical Mash-Up, purchase tickets in advance by calling 410-783-8000; ask to be seated in the Global Foundations Tutorial group. https://www.bsomusic.org/education-community/programs-for-schools/midweek-education-concerts/#tab-21117

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**Friday, February 21, 1:00-3:00 PM (Date and time pending approval; if not available BMA trip would be on this day.)

National Museum of Dentistry, guided tour, students $2 each; teachers free

https://www.dental.umaryland.edu/museum/school-tours/elementary-schools/

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**Friday, February 28, 1:00-3:00 PM (or Museum of Dentistry if not on the 21st).

Baltimore Museum of Art, self-guided tour

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**Friday, March 6, 1:00-3:00 PM

Winter hike Oregon Ridge, meet at the nature center! If the weather is really bad (raining, below 0 temps), a self-guided tour of the Walter’s Art Gallery is our back-up plan.

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**Friday, March 13, 1:00-3:00 PM 

Baltimore Museum of Industry, workshop, $8-12.50/student (pending approval)

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Friday, March 20, 1:00-3:00 PM 

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, self-guided tour

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**Friday, March 27, 1:00-3:00 PM (or 3:00-5:00 PM, approval pending)

Alternate Routes Parkour Gym, open gym, $12/hour

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Wednesday, April 1, 10:00 AM

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Through the Telescope, purchase tickets in advance by calling 410-783-8000; ask to be seated in the GFT group. https://www.bsomusic.org/education-community/programs-for-schools/midweek-education-concerts/#tab-21117

We’ll see you around town soon!

 

 

When Life Hands You Freezing Temps…

While the winter weather has been a little wild in 2020, the children of GFT are taking advantage of both the spring-like days and overnight freezes!  Our studies have taken us from acting out monarch migration and the monarch’s life cycle to the forest to gather materials to create and hang ice wreaths and suncatchers!

We’ve also welcomed another new family to our community just this week!  We are loving all of the conversations we’ve been having recently with people thinking about homeschooling or looking to add another amazing element to their home program.

Stay tuned for upcoming information about our new-and-improved summer series as well as GFT’s drop-in to drop-off Open Houses!  These are a great way to meet our community and come say hello!  Our next Open House will be Tuesday, February 27 from 9:00-3:00.  If you’re interested in stopping by, please let us know here.

We thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Does a Body Good!

No… we’re not talking milk here.  We’re talking about GFT’s new anatomy unit!  The students have enjoyed getting reacquainted with themselves in learning how and why our bodies do what they do.

We kicked off the area of study with sprawling puzzles and peel-and-stick body models.  As usual, students could choose to do these activities individually or in small groups.

We look forward to diving more into the body’s systems and functions as we dive deeper into the unit of study.

Did you hear about GFT’s first Open House of 2020?!  This Thursday, January 16th, we’ll be welcoming students and families from 9:00-3:00!  If you’re interested in stopping by, please drop us a line here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

Medieval Mania!

The students and staff of GFT hit the ground running upon our return from the break this week!  While the overarching theme in social studies this year is Medieval History, the children are specifically looking at what happened during this time period in Asia currently.

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As part of their study, they looked at Chinese block printing that was used at the time (and still today!) and created and carved their own initial blocks.  The students had a blast using different color combinations and stamping on different materials to make their creations!

Next week marks our first Open House of 2020 on January 16th from 9:00-3:00!  If you’re interested in stopping by, please drop us a line here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

Happy Holidays from GFT!

The students enjoyed getting a sampling of the sights, sounds, tastes, and games that the different holidays being this time of year!  From salt ornaments and figures to dreidle games and gingerbread houses, we enjoyed our time together prior to our two-week break.  Pajama Day was well-received by all (even if it was a little cold outside) and a fun, festive way to put a wrap on 2019.

Thanks, again, to all our families and supporters!  We could not do this without you!  We look forward to hearing about the students’ adventures over the break and look forward to hitting the ground running in 2020!