Monday, October 6, 2014

Homeschool Day at the Frontier Culture Museum

Home Educators Association of Virginia sponsors lots of great “homeschool days” throughout the state.   This past week we spent the day with hundreds of other homeschoolers at the Frontier Culture Museum.  Our Flat Traveler from California made the trip with us, so you’ll see her throughout the photos as well.

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Our first stop was the African village.    This segment of the museum is designed to demonstrate the Igboo people’s life prior to being captured and brought to America as slaves.

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Then we moved on to the English village.   The girls helped make apple fritters, and test the eggs to make sure they were still good to use.  To find out about the eggs, drop them gently into a bucket of water.  If the eggs sink they are still good to eat, if they float they’ve gone bad.

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The kids also learned about cleaning and processing wool.  Here they are carding the wool.

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At the Irish farm we visited the blacksmiths shop and the homestead.   The interpreter gal there in the yellow, she’s one of our homeschool friends.

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Of course no trip to Ireland would be complete without harvesting potatoes.

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There were a few artisans on site during our visit (as they prepared for Oktoberfest the following day).

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The German farm is our favorite.   The girls helped make noodles and process flax here.   The interpreter here is also a homeschooler.

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The Native American village has really grown since our last visit.  There are 3 completed hogans and a lovely canoe in the making.

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The frontier cabin has been completed, and Olivia got to help split logs for the barn.  Lindsey wasn’t strong enough to lift the sledgehammer.

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It was a beautiful fall day, with lots of fun and memories being made with friends.

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