This week we had a last-minute field trip to Heritage Hill, a local (50-acre) living history museum.
We arrived to the museum at about 10:30 and left around 2:00, it was a really fun time, and guess what, we learned a few things too!!
We took the tram to the far end of the museum and then walked our way back. The kids were really excited about being able to ride the tram, every time it passed they would ask if we could get back on it.
Here are Treyton, M and S at the Maple Sugaring House. There wasn’t an actual “guide” in this particular building so we looked around, but I’ll be honest, we didn’t really know much about the process except that they took a big pot (a really heavy one) and hung it up from three chains above the fire pit, wherew e assumed they stirred it a lot! :) At the Fur Trader’s Cabin the kids touched furs, tried on two different types of hats, and made nature leaf prints, which was how they identified and recorded leaves back then.
Next was the bark chapel. These were used by the missionaries to the area as the first churches because they were quick and easy to build, while waiting for a larger, more permanent church to be built. I was excited to go to the blacksmith shop because Tim’s grandpa actually was a blacksmith, which is one of the reasons why Tim and his family are in the metal business today.
Next, we went to the print shop where the kids were able to roll their own printing. It looked pretty hard to do, but both of the older kids were able to do it.
The lesson included history (naming the first 6 presidents), math (figuring out how old George Washington was when he died), literature (reading a short story and answering questions about it), spelling (words from the story “cake” and “mother”) When the students answered a question, they had to stand up say their answer and then sit back down. Treyton spelled the word “mother” (which I helped him with) in front of the class.
It was really cute, at one point M stood up to answer a question, and then Lexie raised her hand to answer a question. She stood up (like she was supposed to) and simple said “I don’t know” smiled really big and sat back down.