Carson's class took a field trip today to the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center
I will admit that I attended this field trip because I didn't think it was going to go well. I even drove separately so Carson and I could bail, if needed.
But after some initial hesitation ("I am NOT going to wear that.") he threw on the clothes and dove in!
This was seriously one of the best, most thought-out field trips I've seen. The kids were broken into groups and spent about 20 minutes at each station and ever area had a hands-on activity ready for them. Yes. Seriously, these people actually get kids. (Better than some teachers I've met, frankly.) Carson had a ball and, more importantly, came home chattering about facts from the Oregon Trail he would have never picked up in a regular learning environment!
All about the actual wagon... everything was "touch-friendly" and they were encouraged to climb around, including the bucket of cow chips! Although they didn't tell them what those were until the end:)
Writing with feathers
Sewing quilt blocks (each student that visits sews some simple square blocks together and the final 2016 quilt is displayed that summer at the county fair)
Other stations included: leather punching, music from the Oregon Trail, rope making, clothing/fabric, taking the bark off logs, getting water from a well (and moving it with a yoke), animals, an active blacksmith and a one-room school house.