All of the gorgeous weather we have been having here in the deep south gave us that big “itch” to get outside and enjoy it. I decided to surprise the kids with a day trip down to the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Museum.
What made the day even better was being joined by Granny, as well as Auntie Trudy and her two beautiful children. We. Had. A. Blast!
Of course, as a homeschool family, we just had to make this field trip as educational as possible.
Before we left the house I gave each of the older 4 the assignment of choosing an endangered animal to write a paper about.
They, and the younger children, were also challenged to keep their eyes open on the critters and their surroundings so they could choose a subject for a painting (or drawing).
Assigning the task of choosing an animal to write about, and one to paint, turned out better than I could have imagined.
They read every sign for every animal in the zoo. Several of the children even took notes! Score! Instead of me reading the informational signs to the children, they read them to me.
Our tour of the Mann Museum has brought the idea, and possible future career in conservation, into focus for several members of our family.
So many hands-on activities and a great view into Alabama history were right there for us to enjoy.
Wrap all of this up with a fun ride on the train, a delicious lunch out, and a great visit with our friends, and you have a fantabulous day!
How about just a few more pics? 🙂
I love field trips!
Now that the weather is warming up we will be planning even more. They are such a great way of getting the kids involved in their learning. Next, I think we will be visiting the train museum. Gotta make sure my camera is ready to go!
What are your favorite field trip, or family time destinations?
All for God’s glory,
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