Monday, February 20, 2017

Blogging Through the Alphabet ~ Field Trips!

Blogging through the alphabet, Letter F, Field Trips, Road Trips

This week's letter of the alphabet is F

F is for Field Trips!!!

As a working and homeschooling family, we all enjoy Field Trips! It gives us a chance to connect and experience something alongside our daughters. We all learn together. Field Trips are definitely a blessing!

Sometimes we take them during the week, and it is just us girls, and sometimes we take them on the weekends so Kurt can go with us. Kurt actually loves to plan road trips for us, so we are frequently getting up in the o-dark-early morning hours on a Saturday and heading someplace fun!

We go on A LOT of field trips during the year. Below are some photos from just a few of the ones we went on in 2016. This year it is just Arlene and I at home during the week since Emily is working. Don't worry, we are still doing a lot of field trips! 

Sometimes it takes me a while to get all of the photos edited and the posts written, but if you'd like to look over some of our field trips, just click on the Road Trip tag at the bottom of this post and see the others in that series.

Blogging the alphabet, Field Trips, Letter F

In the above photos:
1- the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, pretty cool, but we still like our local library better
2-visiting the grave of Indiana poet and author James Whitcomb Riley
3- Our day at Brickworld Indianapolis, and the girls meeting the organizer
4- An early season trip to Conner prairie to see the newly restored Conner House and play with the baby chicks in the barn

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Our early Spring trip to the Cincinnati Zoo
They have a really cool elevated platform to watch the giraffes from. You can see them come right up in front of you, but you have to back up when they get really close, or they might try to lick your hat, and that's bad for their diet!
They have a large selection of animals, and one of our favorite parts is that the peacocks roam freely throughout the zoo grounds.

Blogging the alphabet, Field Trips, Letter F

On the outskirts of Cincinnati we visited the Trammel Fossil Park, I will have to tell you more about that one soon as I know a lot of you would enjoy visiting there. Then we spent the rest of the day at Chateau Laroche.

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Above are photos from a few other field trips from 2016
Left - a trip to the Indiana Historical Society and a walk along the canal in downtown Indianapolis
Middle column - the quilt show Arlene participated in, a part of the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail in south central Indiana, and a shot of the river at McCormick's Creek State Park
Right - A Spring hike at Mounds State Park with our favorite local Naturalist Kevin.

Not to mention all the other places we went last year, like Bass Pro Shops in Clarksville, IN, Brown County State Park, Turkey Run State Park, the Indiana State Fair, to NE Indiana to see the Bison and watch the Sandhill Cranes migrate. I'm really glad our car gets good gas milage!

Do you go on a lot of Field trips? Tell me some of your favorite places to visit in the comments below!

Linking up with Annette, Amanda, and a bunch of other friends!
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

James 3:18

Scripture Writing, James 3:18

Are we sowing in peace?

When we choose to sow peace instead of discord, the fruit of righteousness appears in our lives.

It is not always easy to sow peace, but it is necessary.

Choose to be a peacemaker.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Blogging Through the Alphabet: Eclectic Experiential Education

Eclectic Education, Experiential Education, homeschooling, filed trips

This week's letter is E, and we have three of them for you!




This is what I've come up with over the years to describe our style of home education to outsiders. If you've been around us, or read the blog for any length of time, you have probably come to realize that we are not what most people think of as a typical homeschooling family. Kurt and I both work, and we as a family would much rather experience something than just read about it, so our girls' educational journey has been filled with field trips!

Eclectic - because while we use a basically Charlotte Mason methodology, we like the freedom to experiment with other learning and teaching styles, plus we like to mix and match curriculum choices across various subjects. While we don't usually do unit studies, there have been many times when we were studying the same thing or time period in two or three subjects at a time. We do not mind being different. :)

Experiential - because if you experience something while you are learning about it, it goes from being A story to being YOUR story. I think the very best choice we have ever made was to let the girls get hands-on as often as possible while learning. Let your children get messy, let them climb trees, turn over rocks, take apart old appliances...let them experience life! Our girls have both volunteered for many years at a living history museum. Besides learning more about Indiana history while they were there, they have also learned: acting, character development, theatre skills, textile skills like dyeing, spinning, and weaving, public speaking skills, animal husbandry, group dynamics, teamwork, delegation of tasks, and time management.

Education - because learning doesn't just happen from 8-3 each weekday, we have made it a point to instill a love of learning in the girls. Kurt and I both have subjects that we continue to study and learn about ourselves, and that has shown the girls that they are never too old to learn something new. I think when you stop learning, you get old. I may be maturing in body, mind and soul, but I don't want to get old. It sounds boring to sit and learn nothing every day. No thanks, we will keep learning new things!

If you're looking for ideas about how to add some E3 learning into your child'd education, start with watching what they do in their free time. Find something they are interested in learning more about and go do something about it. Take a field trip (at least a virtual one) or visit the library and find a documentary, visit a local museum, or go volunteer somewhere. It still fits under "home education" even if you're out there on a field trip every week!

You can also click on some of our past articles for ideas, especially the ones with the tag of: Road Trip!

See you next week for the letter F. 

In the meantime, stop by and read the other Blogging Through the Alphabet posts!

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