When my oldest was 10, I wanted a group that would engage him with other boys his age - and that was fun. He had a love of history and this seemed a great fit. We started a North Carolina history group. For four years, we explored the state in classes and field trips and had a great time doing it!
The last 5 years have been filled with a lot of challenges and the timing for doing this again just wasn't right - until now. I'm thrilled that we are once again going to be learning North Carolina history and traveling our state. Two things that are so much fun - field trip and living history! I'm excited to share it here too. I have often wished that I blogged then, but I'll have to try to do a better job of keeping up with things here. This post is going to cover both our class and field trip for the month of January. I'll probably split them up in future posts.
Our co-op will be meeting twice a month. In the first meeting we will have a class and the second meeting will be a field trip related to the class room topic. We have four families in our co-op and a pair of moms will be teaching each class.
Did I mention that I'm excited about this?!
One of the things that I love about teaching classes is that I always learn new things too! History is fun because it is stories. Lots of interesting stories. One that I found particularly intriguing while doing research for this class is one that happened in our state's more recent past. I'll share it with you.
1961 – Battleship USS North Carolina is berthed at Wilmington & opens as a museum.
B-52 bomber crashes near Goldsboro while carrying two nuclear warheads. DOD reports released in 1980 indicate that one of the weapons snagged in a tree and was only a final safety catch away from detonation. The bomb was 1800 times as powerful as the one dropped on Hiroshima.
While the older students were learning, the little girls amused themselves! Couple of cuties!
state symbols. Before the class met, we asked each student to pick a symbol that he/she would like to share with the group. They each took turns talking about the various things that have been chosen to represent our state. I apparently didn't take any pictures of them sharing though. Oops!
For our field trip we visited the NC Museum of History in Raleigh.
They have a new exhibit on the history of our state that is FABULOUS!!! I highly recommend a trip to see this! Its interactive and hands-on.
You start at the beginning of the state's history and walk through the various time periods and events that have shaped our state.
scavenger hunt type books with questions and things to look for that are a great way to engage your students (or yourself) in the exhibit. This was one of the first areas - a Native American hut. We sat in it and watched a movie.
I love where I live and this is such a fun way for my children to learn more about where they were born and raised. Its fun exploring it with friends!