Field Trip! Today we went to the Vision Heirs Living History Day. It’s a fun re-enactment of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and a great way to see what it was like to live in the days of the pioneers. As we are going through this in our curriculum, timing was great. There are lots of pics in this post, so bear with me ;0)
Then we went outside to their different stations, our visit was with the long hunters, named that due to the long trips (6 months at at time) they would take to hunt and trap furs. We learned how to load a rifle, why it was called a rifle (due to the spiral inside the barrel) and how to set animal traps and tan a hide. Did you know that God created the animals to have just enough brains to tan their own hides? Me neither, but apparently they would kill the animal, then soak it in their own squished up brains to make it nice and soft…ewe right?
We then moved to the militia, got a pep talk to rally the troops to fight against the British, then went to battle. The “pioneers” won and the British retreated screaming like sissies ;o) Notice the couple kids lying down who got shot! It was hysterical!
After that was a trip to the farm, where we saw the animals, and kinds of food they grew and sold or traded. I think this was the best part for my 2nd grader as it involved her holding a live bunny. We tried to catch a chicken, but man those things are fast!
Then off to the mud house building, they got to help put up mud to seal the cracks between the logs. I asked what happened when it rained, and they told me that if it could set for a week or so without rain, it would bake in the sun like brick almost and stand up to the weather quite well…talk about a dirty house! LOL! (notice I got my kindergartner when he wasn’t looking, he’s in the black shirt)
Finally was candle making, we had to exit this one quickly because they also had a bee-hive to show how they got the wax and my 2nd grader is allergic so we dipped our candle quickly and bailed out, I’m happy to report sting free!
So that was our field trip on the Pioneers. If you ever get a chance to do something like this go! It was lots of fun, and full of hands on fun for the kids.