So…I have to share what happened yesterday morning…
We started our morning with this journal prompt-
“If there was no electricity I would…”
We then selected our next book to study for the next few days from our Five In A Row (thanks, Lisa!) summer curriculum which is-
“When I Was Young In The Mountains,” by Cynthia Rylant. This book is about a child that experiences life in the Appalachian Mountains without running water and electricity. We read the story and then my 7 year old said, “Mommy we should go visit a museum and learn more about how life was years ago with no electricity, computers and stuff!”
My response of course, was…”Get your shoes on, grab a bottle of water, I’ll feed the baby and let’s go!”
What was going to be a lazy Friday in the summer turned into an awesome social studies “out of the house” experience! I’ve been reading and praying about living in the moment, I guess this was God saying…”Here ya go!”
Here are pictures from our adventures… (did I mention this was a FREE activity?!)
Our first stop was our city’s quaint museum. We learned all about the gentleman that founded our city and the role he played in taking it from a small farming town to the big booming city it is today.
A picture from 75 years ago in our city’s museum of a 1st Holy Communion at the very church our daughter just received her 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation.
Please excuse the middle man…he tends to “Chandler Bing” all photos.
We also learned all about the family that built this beautiful home that is now turned into a museum. It’s the same family that streets and shopping centers are named after. They brought cotton and alfalfa farming to the big desert town we live in!
When you spot dandelions, it’s important to stop and pick them, and then blow their “puff ball” through the air!
After we learned all about the history of our town, the kids decided that 95 degrees wasn’t going to hold them back from visiting our second destination…
Our local ranch that displays old farming equipment and hundred year old houses! These houses are similar to the one in the story we read this morning. There was no electricity or running water. The kids got a kick out of seeing these old houses and pondering how difficult life would’ve been without the luxuries we have today.
We finished our impromptu morning adventure with some ice cold lemonade and a delicious lunch! I just LOVE how much my kids enjoying learning and exploring. Who knows what tomorrow will bring…
We hope you find some time to live in the moment and embrace these hot summer days with your kiddos!