Memorial Day for Homeschoolers

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 Happy Memorial Day!

We love hands on learning – which translates into awesome field trips as well as educational projects at home. Field trips and travel are some of our favorite things about homeschooling. Homeschool convention season presents multiple opportunities to set out for some roadschooling.

Last year we were able to visit Arlington Cemetery and tour Washington DC during the Teach Them Diligently Convention – which is a perfect field trip for any patriotic themed lessons.

Throughout the year, we read and learn about wars, battles, and people who have shaped our nation and made a difference in the world. When we hit the road – we take that information with us and look for ways to add depth to our schooling with great field trips.

Great Memorial Day (or week) Field Trips

Obviously Arlington Cemetery is a top of the list choice, but you may very well have a Veterans Memorial Cemetery in your area. Thousands of patriotic citizens from around the country will honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s fallen heroes at VA national cemeteries on Memorial Day.

Ceremonies can vary from cemetery to cemetery, and may include parades, speeches, music performances, rifle volleys, bugle calls and wreath layings. Veterans Service Organizations will participate as well as active duty military members, scout groups, government officials and patriotic citizens who wish to pay their respects to those who sacrificed so much for their country.

 STATE by STATE list of National Cemeteries 

Mobile app “grave stone locator”

Another great opportunity came as we traveled from TTD Nashville all the way to Louisiana and then back through Mississippi and Alabama to get home.

We stopped at Vicksburg National Military Park  – and it was one of the nicest military memorial parks we had ever been to. The battlefield came alive in the minds of my boys, as they walked among the cannons, through the tunnels, and visited the monuments. They read markers, and stood beside awe inspiring monuments as more and more understanding of what had taken place there – became much more than an old story.

Vicksburg National Park

As great an experience as that was – when we arrived in Mobile’s USS Alabama Memorial Park something even more wonderful took place.

We started with the Korean War monument and discussed the role their paternal grandfather had played there. We moved on to the Vietnam Memorial, and as the boys stood in front of it – we began reading the names.

Name after name of men who did not return home. Hundreds – even a thousand names seemed to be engraved on the memorial stone. My father fought in Vietnam, and we discussed the fact that he is our very own hero. We took time to be grateful for his service and for the service of those we’ll never know. Then we realized that these were only the names of the men who had not returned to Alabama. As that realization hit home – I watched as the lights came on for each of them.

USS Alabama Memorial

We’ve studied Vietnam, we’ve read, learned and discussed the perils of war – but as we stood and read the names of real men who will  never return home – my boys learned what it truly means to serve your country.

Afterward, we spent time touring the USS Alabama to learn first hand how the sailors lived aboard the huge battleship. The boys even laid down on the bunks that hang from the ceiling!

These valuable experiences will never be forgotten. The information we read and study is important – but it was in the doing – it was in the hands on experience where life changing knowledge and a deeper understanding was gained.

Combining solid curriculum full of exciting stories and important information with field trips that matter – now THAT is a winning and powerful combination!

Up Next

This Memorial Day (week) we are on our way to the Lowcountry Homeschoolers Convention in South Carolina. Charleston is home of Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. I cannot wait to share this experience with the boys!

One of my favorite tools of the trade in homeschooling – is the ability to bring our work with us on the road. These days – we have digital access to a library of information – right at our fingertips. This is also one of my favorite things about the incredible Build Your Bundle Sale!

The thing I love even more than the ease of use and having a bundle of curriculum at my fingertips . . . . . . . . . IS THE PRICE!

We’re excited about the homeschool bundle sale!

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Ah-HA Moments

Have you had the experience of that “ah-ha” moment on a fabulous field trip with your homeschoolers?

We’d love to hear about it! Share your favorite field trip ideas with us in the comments.

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