Weekends of Exploration & Entertainment
When our children were young we packed them up and spent the summer at my father-in-law’s house in Springfield, Massachusetts. There were times I had to commute from our home in New York as I worked summer jobs (summer school, curriculum writing) but we dedicated each weekend to what we called E & E. One day was for exploration and the other for entertainment. The Triple AAA guidebooks are great for this purpose as well as Chambers of Commerce and Visitor Bureaus.
Exploration: Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses near Hartford, CT, Springfield Armory, Chesterwood (Daniel Chester French), Norman Rockwell Museum, Arrowhead (Herman Melville’s house), Gillette Castle, New England Air Museum...
Entertainment: Movies, amusement parks, lake, parks, town festivals (arts & crafts, Basketball Hall of Fame (they loved shooting basketballs at different hoops), Baseball Hall of Fame, Volleyball Hall of Fame, Football Hall of Fame…
Everything is learning! Click on underlined words for page of links on that topic.
Writing - Journals of trips - even day trips. Younger children can draw.
Diary of the day's activities with time spent.
Letters to friends and family members.
Geography - trip planning, map reading and keeping track of expenses (math).
Social Studies - places of interest nearby. We had Exploration & Entertainment weekends.
Cybrary Man's pages
Art and Photography by Cybrary Man
Quilt Hanging by Gail Blumengarten
Summer Quilt Hanging by Gail Blumengarten