time period. Some museums have people
acting out their parts, like being a farmer
or a pioneer mother preparing a meal,
viewers to ask questions. Other museums
provide opportunities to ask questions, to
touch;exhibits,;and;even;perform;hands-on activities. This experience makes the
viewer feel as if he has been transported
back in time.
learning. When in doubt, ask questions.
the inquisitive guest.
Check out our Everyday Explorers series on SchoolhouseTeachers
.com, the curriculum arm of The
Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. Each
month, a different fictional child
different state or region, serving as
wealth of historical information is
included, as well as various activities for all ages.
So far, Everyday Explorers has
in New Zealand and the Cook Islands, and twelve of our United
States. A new state is explored each
Explorers is scheduled to begin
soon! You’ll find Everyday Explorers on the Schoolhouse Dailies tab
and the Lessons Library tab. Hope
as wanting to know about how wheat is
open year-round, sometimes only self-guided;tours;(without;interpreters;pro-viding their insights) will be available.
Generally, Living History museums
that offer “hands-on” experiences will
provide reproductions of the real items
so that should they become damaged,
you;will;not;be;destroying;a;one-of-a-kind item. Such treasures are typically
placed behind glass or roped off to prevent access.
Traditional;museums;may;show;mul-tiple artifacts from different time periods side-by-side, demonstrating the
changes that have occurred throughout
see at traditional museums are authen-tic;items,;but;you;will;not;be;allowed;to
touch,;only;look.;As;adults,;we;can;ap-preciate this need to preserve history.
Children, however, learn best while do-ing,;so;when;you;can;find;opportunities
Visit Living History Museums
Locally and While Traveling
the use of historical activities, clothing,
the experience an interactive exposure to
history.;Such;an;experience;invites;chil-dren to take a step back in time to see,
hear, and touch what children might have
seen, heard, and touched several hun-dred;years;ago.
Colonial Williamsburg holds the honor of being the most well known Living
Rosson House Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
website is an excellent place to start:
www.stepintohistory.com. Often, museums have opportunities that are not
museums welcome homeschool students
with open arms.
Consider taking advantage of this
last a lifetime.
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where they homeschooled their three children through high school. During that
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