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Announcing GFT’s 2020 Summer Series!

We are thrilled to announce an all-new Summer Series experience for our GFT community! Here at GFT, we strive to be the in-between for families where a part-time, drop-off option is optimal, and we realized that the need to does not stop come Memorial Day! Our team, led by our amazing Lead Tutor, Jennifer, has been excitedly and busily readying for an all NEW experience starting in June!

As an organization, we have been really honing in on the books and research touting “play” as the MOST important time in our young children’s days. As such, we will be creating a student-centered, play-and-discovery based environment for them. Students will spend most, if not all, of the day outside living, learning, and enjoying all they can derive from our natural environment.

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The June session will focus on earth science where the students will be learning about seeds, planting, harvesting, and the different cycles that abound in nature. July’s session will be based around the concepts of geography, topography, trip planning and prep, and creating an amazing imaginative landscape, designed and constructed by the children.

These two, four-week sessions on GFT’s usual days and hours; Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00-3:00. Each session will be $375 with discounts available for siblings. June’s session will run June 2-25. The July session will run July 7-30. We are working on ironing out the perfect location in the Towson/Timonium area and will release that information as soon as it is available. Supply and packing lists will be supplied to registered families.

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We are so excited to bring more of these research-based practices into GFT and look forward to you coming along for the ride! Please complete this webform if you are interested in the summer series, so we can make sure we get you in before we fill!

Show and Tell!

One of the many excellent options we have at Global Foundations because we are an independent entity is that we’re able to take the very best pieces from other organizations and incorporate them into our programming. For instance, you may remember “Show and Tell” from when you were younger. Well, I have great news! “Show and Tell” is still around and sometimes falls under the super-official pseudonym of “presentations”.

From our middle schoolers to our youngest learners, we encourage the students to share meaningful experiences or objects or information learned with the other students. This discovery leads to great questioning and the students taking further ownership of their interests in education… not to mention how much FUN we have! Presentations are also part of the optional at-home activities performed by our middle schoolers that help expand their knowledge base of the topics discussed in biology and medieval history.

Our Ks have brought us all sorts of joy this year with the “treasures” they’ve amassed. We’ve had magic shows, hermit crabs, stuffed animals, a variety of board games, favorite books, a ukulele serenade, souvenirs from trips, and even a root-sprouting potato made their ways into the classroom. Nothing beats hearing first-hand from students who may otherwise choose to play it safe and stay in the background share information that lights up the whole room.

Here at GFT, we feel so fortunate to be a part of our families’ lives and cannot wait to see what they bring in next!  If you’re interested in seeing if GFT could be a good fit for your family, drop us a line here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

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!