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Homeschool Field Trip

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Homeschool Field Trip!

Yesterday we went to Old Sturbridge Village….in the rain. Fortunately we left the rain behind for a while and were able to enjoy some of the village while remaining dry. We arrived mid-morning and spent the morning wandering around the main part of the village. The first exciting thing we got to see was baby lambs!

We loved these two all snuggled up with mom.

After passing the sheep we went into the meeting house to meet Hawk the flute maker. He was very interesting and a former homeschool Dad himself. He told Maddie that he started playing music when he was in his 30s. He was given a wooden flute which he ended up ruining due to inexperience so he set about learning how to fix it. In the process of learning how to fix it he learned how to make flutes. They were very beautiful and he was really interesting. He had a didgeridoo with him as well and let us all try to play it! Maddie was the only one with any sort of success. Hawk told Maddie she could make one out of PVC pipe so guess where Brian and Maddie are headed pretty soon. Yup! Home Depot!

We did some more wandering about, stopped at the little souvenir shop and got Maddie the promised new bonnet. Isn’t this the best 10 year old outfit ever??

Checking out the contents of the dresser drawers

After that we had a yummy lunch that we had packed including some homemade chicken soup! It was perfect thing to warm us up and get us going again! Then it was time to head to Maddie’s class. The day’s theme was Native Americans so her class was about planting the 3 Sisters-corn, beans and squash and farming during the mid 1800s.

On the bridge to the education building–the outfit! Love it.

Waiting for our class to be called

During Maddie’s class they made a seed bag similar to the ones that would’ve been made in the 1800s. I thought we were making them out of paper but the people of the time would’ve used fabric. When I asked the teacher said they would’ve used paper. The bags were to store the seeds for the next year and they would’ve needed hundreds! Maddie had a bit of a struggle at first because her needle was dull.

Then the kids tried grinding corn into corn meal and discovered this was not as easy as it looks!

Finally they planted seeds to bring home. As you can see the box was not exactly the best thing to bring seeds home in…I think we should’ve just put the seeds into our seed bags. Hopefully the seeds made it home but a lot of the dirt kept falling out on us!

We wanted to go out to the farm, one of our favorite spots, on the way back. There was construction by the mills–saw, grain and carding–so we made a new discovery of a trail behind the mills! I loved the inside of the carding mill. That is where they would prepare the wool for spinning into yarn for knitting and weaving. The water was rushing through the bottom making a lot of noise and the view out over the fields was pretty even on this day of dismal weather!

The farm was closed which was disappointing but we walked around to the barn to see if the animals were out and discovered…..

And oh my the noise this little calf made! moo….mooo…MOOOOOOO!!! It was either I want mommy or I want milk but we really couldn’t help with either one. Maddie got her camera back out for a picture. I love this because you can just see the calf’s little head peeking at her.

We wandered back down to the gift shop/exit then headed almost directly across the street to have dinner with friends and former day care kiddo, Maggie! I can’t believe how big all the kids in my life are getting.

We had a great time all around!! We haven’t been in a while so it was fun to go back and revisit favorite spots. And ending the day with friends is always good!!

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