The Land of the Free

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I was talking with a friend the other day when she mentioned that she recently returned from a trip to Washington, DC.  She was so excited as she described the interesting sites that she visited, that I decided we should plan a trip there, also. 

I am well aware that many public and private schools participate in field trips to our great nation’s capital.  I believe, as a homeschool parent, that a trip there would be very educational and beneficial to my kids, too.  One of the benefits of homeschooling is that we can schedule the trip when it is convenient to us and not when it’s convenient to a traditional school calendar.  I love having the freedom to do what we want, when we want to do it and a trip to the nation’s capital will give me the opportunity to teach my kids about some of the history of how our country became the “land of the free.”

There are so many sites I want to show the kids.  We will plan to visit several Smithsonian museums, including the Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Holocaust Museum.  We will also plan to visit Arlington Cemetery and, hopefully, will be able to see the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.  Of course, we will also see several of the national monuments.  I hope we can visit the Vietnam Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial.

I can’t wait to show the kids all the wonderful sites and enjoy the living history of topics we have studied in our homeschool classes.  Throughout Washington, DC, we will be able to delve in to studying a variety of things that we have read, researched, and written about.  I may even be able to arrange a bus tour through the city so that we may become acquainted with different locations to explore.  An evening tour sounds especially tempting, because the monuments and memorials are beautiful and serene with bright lights illuminating them.

I will start planning our trip so that we can decide the best time to go and try to see as many historically rich monuments and museums as possible.  Oh, I love homeschooling this year since we have the ability to create our own plans and schedules without concern for the mass of other students and families.  Of course, there are so many benefits of traditional type school systems, but I am wallowing in the opportunities we currently have as a homeschool family.  A trip such as one to Washington, DC is going to be so memorable and educational.  This will be a great learning experience for all of us.

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