Field Trip to Carolinas Aviation Museum

Last Saturday we took a family field trip to the Carolinas Aviation Museum. We were specifically looking for World War 2 Airplanes because the boys have been doing a FIAR book that is WW2 time period and we’ve been working on that for a few weeks. They did not have any WW2 planes, but we had an awesome time anyway!

It was also great because we got in for free with our Culture & Heritage Museums membership (York County Museums & Brattonsville), it’s a Southeastern Reciprocal so make sure you check that out if you do have the membership!


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Field Trip to Historic Brattonsville

Back in November we took a Field Trip to a local Historical Homestead called Brattonsville. We went with some good friends and had such a great time! It takes us about 20 minutes or so to get there. We actually have a membership because there are so many fun events that they do and it is a combo membership with two other museums in our town.

Brattonsville has historical buildings from the 1700’s on one side of the street and from the 1800’s on the other side of the street. It was owned by the Bratton family and when we go, we learn all about this family. They were actually involved in both the Revolutionary War and Civil War, so it’s very exciting. They have a lot of hands on activities and offer such a large range of historical learning. I always have so much fun, since I love history.

Here are a few pictures from our fun day:


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Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America Unit Study

Hi everyone! I just wanted to share with you what we’re doing for school for Christmas. Every year I try to find a different Christmas Unit Study to  have fun with.

Here’s a list of all the ones we’ve done in the past (just to give you some ideas!):

  1. The Legend of the Candy Cane
  2. Christmas in the Big Woods (Little House)
  3. Madeline’s Christmas
  4. A New Coat for Anna (Five in a Row)
  5. Cranberry Christmas
  6. The 12 Days of Christmas
  7. Christmas Around the World
  8. The Polar Express

(FYI, most of those I found on either or and were either free or very inexpensive.)

This year I started looking early and was so excited to find this study on

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Fun at the Children’s Museum

A few weeks ago my sister and I were able to take our youngest kids over to the Main Street Children’s Museum. It was so much fun for them! We have a membership, but don’t get to go very often. It’s more for little guys ages about 8 and under, so the big kids don’t always get too excited about going. It was nice to have just the little ones be able to play. This is such a wonderful place for kids!



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The Compassion Experience

Yesterday we went to an event at a local church that was held by the organization Compassion. It was called The Compassion Experience. This is a traveling event that is going to lots of different churches all over right now. Through Compassion, you can sponsor a child and help provide them with food, clean water, schooling, medical attention and more survival items, depending on the need and what is going on in their country.

They set up a portable building and inside the building, you get to walk through a guided tour using headphones and ipods for each person. Then you walk through and it tells you the story of one child who was sponsored by a family through Compassion. It tells you all about what their life was like and how Compassion helped them to basically survive and become a successful adult. The stories were very moving and they had little rooms set up to look like what was going on in the child’s life. There was a little section made to look like a market, a church, a bedroom and things like that.

I believe the main reason for them doing this was to try and get more people to sign up and become a sponsor to a child. This was a really great program for us. My kids love to hear about other children around the world and they were completely enchanted by the whole experience. In fact, when you first get there they tell you to choose one child’s story (there are 2 to pick from) and after we finished the first one, the kids insisted that we also do the second child’s story!

Jason and I have been child sponsors through World Vision for over 20 years. Our first sponsor child was 12 when we first began and after she turned 25, she was finished with the program and they assigned a new child to us. It has been such a huge blessing to us knowing that we have made a big difference in someone’s life even though we never were able to meet her in person. Both of our sponsor children are in Bangladesh and we’ve been able to write and receive letters from them over the years. It always brings me joy to hear from them. I would encourage anyone to adopt a child through World Vision or Compassion. It will truly bless your heart.


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Apple Orchard trip to Hendersonville, NC

Labor Day Weekend is Apple Festival time in Hendersonville, NC. We live about a 2 hour drive from there and so last Saturday (Labor Day Weekend) we drove up there for the day. This is the second year we’ve gone Labor Day Weekend. The weather was perfect and we had such a nice ride and had a wonderful time. Last year we went to Sky Top Orchard and this year we decided to pick a different one, since there are so many in the same area.  This year we went to Grandad’s Apples N’ Such.




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The Boxcar Children, Chapter 3 (BYFIAR)

Popstar finished up Chapter 3 in The Boxcar Children for Beyond Five in a Row for school. She actually finished it over a week ago, but I’m a little slow getting this done! Chapter 3 is called “A New Home in the Woods” and in this chapter, the children find an old abandoned boxcar. They use it just to hide out from a storm at first, but after the storm is over they realize how nice it is and decide to move in. They also find some blueberry bushes nearby and go blueberry picking.

We spent three school days on Chapter 3.


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Field Trip to SC State Museum

Last week we took a Field Trip with my sister and her kids to Columbia, SC to the SC State Museum. We found out that Homeschoolers get free admission and have been wanting to go for awhile. It was a little over an hour drive to get there, so that wasn’t too bad for us. We had an awesome day! That place was HUGE! It is 4 stories of history, art, science, nature and so much more. It is located inside of an old textile mill. You can check out the history of the building here: SC State Museum




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