Monday, September 28, 2009

Cherokee Field Trip Adventure

My children have really enjoyed Little House on the Prairie but gained the perception that Indians were bad.  I decided to do a unit study on Indians (Native Americans) to help them to see the other side of the story. 

We have enjoyed learning more about our ancestors…both my Great, Great Grandmother on my Mom’s side and my Great Grandmother on my Dad’s side are full blooded Cherokee.  Chris also has Cherokee in his family.  Arianna got a lot of those hidden genes it seems. 

Our dear friends have also been discussing Native Americans.  We decided to take a field trip to Cherokee to learn more.

In this blog are general trip pictures.  The following 2 blog entries will be more specific….

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We stayed with Nanny overnight before leaving for Cherokee.  Nanny decided to join us on our field trip and we greatly enjoyed her company!

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Above the kids are vegging in front of the TV for a moment.   general ft_001

Ari and Carden in front of the mountains

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On our way back to Nanny’s from Cherokee we went on an adventure.  We stopped wherever looked interesting.  We found this really neat Forestry Museum that had free admission for the day.  The kids enjoyed a scavenger hunt inside the museum.  general ft_008 general ft_009 general ft_010

The kids learned about the water cycle.  The pretended to be rain drops and went through the water cycle. general ft_011 general ft_012 general ft_013 general ft_014

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We got to take a simulated helicopter ride to put out forest fires.  

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We went up to Nanny’s mountain house and enjoyed being on top of the world:)

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The kids enjoyed rolling down the hill in front of Nanny’s mountain house.

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On our way back home, we stopped by an Apple Cider Mill and learned a bit about how Apple Cider is made. 

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We had a great time on our 4 day adventure!  The kids miss Carden and Kessler today!  Ryan is begging to go over to see them this morning:) 

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