Step back in time at Old Fort Niagara and learn how three countries occupied this fort

We love taking Unschooling field trips to visit historic sites and  our favorite so far was the visit to Old Fort Niagara.  The paid entry fee gets a tour guide with 30 other guests, short movie and array of wonderful volunteers.  The volunteers were great at answer questions and teaching first hand what it was like to live during that era. I always say life experiences are often be the best teachers. Our tour began with a five minute movie that explained the Continue reading

Gloups learns how Jean Ribault claimed Florida for France

Gloups ate breakfast super fast today because he was giddy with excitement. The horseless carriage group was heading to a monument that talked about French history. He even got to ride in a rumble seat on the way to their first stop. Gloups said, “a rumble seat is a seat that fold into the rear of the car and is enough room for two people and a puppet.”  Over the years it has been called: dicky seat, dickie Continue reading

Paris Day 5 – Visit to Versailles

The next morning we got up early and went to Versailles. We had a long wait in line so the rest of us went to see the gardens while Gaelle and Mom held our place in line. Once inside we listened to the audio guide while walking through. The kids were able to wiggle their way in front and see the chapel and we saw portraits of the 3 Louis’s who lived there. We learned about Continue reading

Paris France Day 4 – Notre Dame

The next morning we woke up and went to the Musée d’Orsay. We got there by 11am or something like that and the kids were pretty hungry after a couple of hours in there. The girls had a good exposure to the impressionists, Monet’s haystacks and the Cathedral of Rouen which he painted over and over again in different lighting at different times of day. McKenzey especially liked a very large Water Lillies painting by Monet. We Continue reading

Paris France Day 3 – Eiffel Tower

Day 3 – on our way to Paris France On Friday the 2nd, we took the train to Paris, France and got there at 11:11. Since the hotel was right next to the train station, we stopped in and left our bags and went on to the Eiffel tower. We got a good bit of rain. Just as we got up to the ticket desk, they put up a sign saying that the top was Continue reading

cave drawing found – French history

French History The girls took turns reading a book on French History, Discovery in the Cave.  It was about the cave drawing found by four boys and a dog in 1964 in the forests of Lascaux,France. There are four man rooms of the cave, the walls were white and believe they were drawn around 16,000 BC.  Here is the girls take on this neat book on French History. [youtube=http://youtu.be/3OXljVNJlrA] Biography on Ben and Jerry Ice Continue reading