One of the reasons we decided to homeschool is because we love that we can do school differently. Learning doesn’t have to consist simply of desk work, like in a traditional education.
Since we started homeschooling, we’ve done our fair share of desk work, but also done some fun “field trips.”
For one of our field trips, we visited an old town site that is usually under a reservoir, but due to very low water we were able to walk around on the old sidewalks, climb on foundations, and even look inside an old grain silo.
It is an interesting site, due to the fact that when they decided to build the reservoir, the entire town had to be moved. The sidewalks are still there in certain places, along with a perfectly straight line of tree stumps that used to line the street.
To learn more about the Old American Falls town site, check it out here.
We had fun guessing what the buildings might have been, talking about the people who used to live in the houses, and identifying some fun objects, such as an old file, pieces of broken china, and an old truck frame. And of course, the kids had fun playing in the dirt!
We took another field trip up to one of our favorite hiking spots to see the leaves turning colors and gather some of the leaves for future crafts. I look forward to when the kids understand more about why the leaves are turning colors. But for now, it’s still fun to see how much fun they have hiking and looking for the perfect leaf!
As far as desk work goes, Miss Magoo is doing great! By following Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons Miss Magoo is already sounding out words and reading short sentences! I’m really quite amazed.
And really, who wouldn’t want to be able to do their desk work in such an awesome outfit?
Do you do field trips with your homeschooled kids? What’s your favorite field trip you’ve taken so far? And what do you think is your child’s favorite?
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