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Travel for Homeschooling
The value of travel for homeschooling is vast – but field trips really do matter!
We have read plenty about the Vietnam war. My father fought in it – as a matter of fact – I was born over seas because of it. But, it was on a recent trip to a homeschool convention for Teach Them Diligently – that we were able to visit the Vietnam Memorial in Alabama.
As my children stood in front of that memorial – we began to read the many names listed on it. These were strictly names of those who fought & did not return from Alabama.
It was only then that an understanding of the sacrifice which has been made – and IS made daily by numerous Americans – truly began to sink in for my children. You could see it in their faces.
I watched as it became REAL for my boys.
We sent a text message – thanking my father for his service with a picture of his grandsons in front of the memorial. Although he was not an Alabama soldier, he served in Vietnam and in our minds, he served along-side these men.
We went on to explore The Alabama – a war ship from WWII and discussed how their great grandfather had marched through France and into Germany. We had a great day and enjoyed climbing around on the huge ship, seeing the bunks, the mess hall, the guns.
It was a stop off along the way on our journey, an impromptu field trip while on the road – and it was the moment my boys made a REAL connection from their studies on the Vietnam War & World War II to the men who served.
The value in that – is priceless!
This coming Memorial Day (2016)- we will be in Charleston for the Lowcountry Homeschool Convention and will have the opportunity to visit several memorials there. We’ll be brushing up on our history before we go to make it more educational and meaningful. (2016). Update – we’ll be in Orlando for FPEA for 2017.
Field Trip in Orlando
The FPEA convention field trip is being led by yours truly on Sunday. We will meet at 11 a.m. at The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek. Please be sure to stop by Adventure Homeschool booth to sign up. The cost is discounted below their usual discount rate at only $10 per person. It includes a brief educational Eco class, paddling instruction, in addition to rental! I will lead a guided tour down the river. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, drinks and any food for a picnic lunch. Address: 4266 W Vine St, Shingle Creek Regional Park, Kissimmee, FL 34741 www.PaddlingCenter.com
Along with nature study, we will touch on some of the history in the area as well. Kissimmee played its part in the 20th century’s biggest military conflicts and as such, many of its monuments and important landmarks are tributes to those who died while representing their country. The Lakeshore Boulevard area of Kissimmee is where the majority of these monuments are located.
Places to visit in Charleston
- The Visitors Centers are always the first place to visit! Get your free visitors guide HERE.
- Patriots Point Maritime Museum
- Historic City Tour & Fort Sumter Tour combo
- Old South Carriage Tours
- Fort Sumter Tours
- The Charleston Museum
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