The Titanic sinks in…

April 13th was the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the unsinkable.   The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, VA offered a homeschool day in observance, with extremely well done exhibits, activities and presentations. We registered in advance, so when we got there, getting started with the activities was a breeze.  Each child was given a “boarding pass” of a real passenger who had been on board the Titanic and was instructed to check the registry to see if they survived.  Odds were much better for women and children!  This was a point driven home over and over again throughout the exhibit.   We were also … Continue reading The Titanic sinks in…

Getting Out

One of my goals when I started homeschooling Grace was to spend at least one afternoon a week on a field trip.  We live in an area rich with resources and seldom take advantage of them.   As a youth, my family lived in Fairfax County, a relatively short drive from our nation’s capital city, and I have wonderful memories of family trips to the Smithsonian, the monuments, the bike trail along the Potomac, and the many wonderful parks. Despite the initial enthusiasm, it is all too easy, to get bogged down in the academic routine, and with Ian’s afternoon medical appointments (two a … Continue reading Getting Out