Last Thursday was another excellent fieldtrip with our Five In A Row group! Yes, it’s a challenge to be out of the house for something every week, but it is so worth it! We always learn so much, Michaela’s friendships grow, and it gets me refreshed from a homeschooling standpoint!
The Joel Lane House is a beautiful old house in Raleigh, built in the 1770s and then in later years restored beautifully and furnished with items of the day. It belonged to Joel Lane, sometimes referred to the “Father of Raleigh.”
Here’s the group of older kids who toured the house. I love that Michaela can enjoy fieldtrips like this with kids her own age. Even though many of these children have “aged out” of Five In A Row, the spirit in which they are educated remains the same, and they never age out of the homeschool group!
Don’t you love the juxtaposition of an old chamber pot sitting across from such a modern foot?
This bedroom is very small, but oh so sweet and neat. I wanted to stay and enjoy the simplicity. The mattress, called a tick, might be filled with a variety of substances, including corn husks. Can anyone say bed bugs?
We were told that 12 children were in this home at times, and all of the girls would have been in this room together. Wow. No one had their own bed!
I loved this wide, old staircase, built wider than many of its time. One of the docents said that Joel Lane wanted to give a good impression, one of sophistication and means, but I wonder what Mr. Lane would say. Maybe it was so all those kids could fight their way up the stairs and not fall down.
Did you know that pomegranates would grow in North Carolina? I, for one, did not! I now want one in my yard, thank you very much!
Once the formal tour was done, all of the children gathered in the courtyard for some learning at various stations. There were kitchen gadgets from the 1700s, toys and games, and other old teaching items.
These two girls played and played and played with these hoops that are thrown back and forth and caught on little sticks.
Michaela loves seeing the little ones as much as she enjoys seeing the kids her own age. I love that in a group like this the children get exposure to all ages. I still don’t get the common question about socialization. Wouldn’t children who interact like this have more social skills?
Be still my heart, look at this lovely herb garden! The co-op I will be co-teaching this week will finish up our study of Betsy Ross, and my focus for teaching the children will be on herbal medicine. I will try really hard to put my lessons on line, in case anyone is interested.
The Beyond Five In A Row co-op that we are in is a small slice of kids from the larger Five In A Row group. Because of this co-op, the first seven weeks of school for us has centered around Betsy Ross and Revolutionary times, so this fieldtrip was a perfect go-along for us. I love that it was planned like this. We, of course, have not done nearly as much as I wanted to, but we have done a lot. I think educators at home or in a public classroom feel that way, however, that they never cover all they want to!
One last photo. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all grin like this at the drop of a hat! This little princess totally made my day by grinning at me. What a sweetie.
I’ll try to catch up on our lessons done:
Week #5 Lessons
09/13/2010 through 09/17/2010
Read Betsy Ross chapters 9-12
Betsy Ross co-op, 09/16 (learn about blood, illness, making a sampler)
Math review of concepts in lesson 41 and 42 from Saxon 7/6
Review of wetlands (marsh, bog and swamp) from 09/09 fieldtrip.
Copywork Lesson 9 and 10
Butterfly lesson outside
Spelling Week #4 – lessons 3, 4, 5
Spelling Week #5 – lessons 1, 2
Cursive – go back and fix any errors from weeks #1-4
Cursive — all of week #5
Independent reading and craft work
Michaela also has the job of caring for her bunnies all week. And don’t forget Annie and Oreo.
Enjoy this day.