Homeschool Highlights: Ocali Days

So often I can get engrossed in the day-to-day schooling, that I forget one of the joys of homeschooling is the ability to “school” any where.  We can go on field trips and that is still part of school.  This week, we did just that and explored a local event, Ocali DaysOcali Days started in 1995 as a way for visitors to experience old-time music, storytellers, and historical re-enactors portraying North Central Florida during the 1800’s.  We had so much fun.  I enjoyed learning about cotton, my son enjoyed making sugarcane syrup, my 7-year-old enjoyed everything.  A great time was had by all and we were definitely worn out by the end of the day!  Here are some highlights from our trip.

We went with our Classical Conversations group.  It was great being surrounded by friends!The morning began with a little candle making.  If you’re wondering why I have on a carrier and no baby, we thought she would be best with daddy while we were around the hot wax.Next we listened to storytelling through music and moved on to petting a tarantula and some other bug.Face painting was next.  Our son opted for it on his arm and our 2-year-old even wanted her face done.Aren’t they cute!Next, we went to pet a few animals – chickens, rabbits, sheep, goats.After we were done with this area, we moved onto the settlement.  It was great seeing people in period costume telling about their lives back in the 1800s.

The kids learned about a telegraph.  They were very interested.Next they visited an old schoolhouse.They saw how baskets could be made from pine needles.Smokey the Bear was even there for a photo-op.They worked a sugar can press.Held a sword from the Civil War camp.Learned how nice it is that we have washing machines and dryers.

Then we ate lunch, played and had a treat.
There was another schoolhouse.The sneaking of more treats.  My friend, Melody, was a great sport!  She helped me with the kids throughout the day and then made my son very happy with some more of the shaved ice.

Daddy with our sleeping baby and tired 2-year-old.Our son kept coming back to pump more water.  He enjoyed working the pump.The kids were able to grind corn.

Then they were able to each pick out a toy.  Our oldest picked a fan, our son wanted a gun and our 2-year-old picked this baby doll.Our son had so much fun with his gun.  I don’t know what we were thinking.  We tried to tell him not to shoot at people, why not shoot at squirrels or the trees.  So, my friend took him into the animal petting area (along with a few other kids) and he proceeded to shoot all of the animals.  So, that gave us a little laugh.  He’s a boy, with a gun, he is elated!What a great day of learning and spending time with family and friends!  It made me aware of how school isn’t always about being at home doing “schoolwork”, but learning can be fun and field trips are a great part of learning.

Linking up to Big Family Friday at Holy Spirit-led Homeschooling.

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