Saturday, July 01, 2006

Field Trips

One of the advantages of home-schooling is all the neat field trips you can take. Here you will find a brief documentary of the field trips the Alawine's have taken in the past, and field trips we are looking forward to.
The Graduation Trip of a Life Time
May 4th,2005 we left for Oahu. The weather was great and the food was delicious, and there was lots of fun (don't tell but it was educational too) stuff to do. First I went for a dive on Atlantis Submarines (the guys chickened out on me), but they had fun swimming in the Super Pool while I was gone. After I got back we visited the Bishop Museum.
The next day we climbed Diamond Head Crater ( a ONCE in a lifetime experience, but worth it the view was awesome).
Day 3 we visited the Waimea Valley Audubon Center . Hubby swam out to the waterfall.
Day 4 we went snorkeling at Sharks Cove. Apparently the rest of the family are born snorkelers, I never got the knack of it and kept getting water in my breathing tube, but seeing the sea life was worth it. Hubby saw sea turtles.
Day 5 snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, in the morning and a drive in the mountains that afternoon. It's very windy and cool in the mountains.
Day 6 visit to the Dole Plantation geared more for younger kids but the pineapple sherbet was good.
Day 7 visited Fort DeRussy (it was close to the the resort we stayed at) before we had to leave for home.
Recommended reading "Shoal of Time - A History of the Hawaiian Islands" by Gavan Daws
Other Noteworthy Field Trips We Have Taken
San Diego, tons to do there and great Mexican food. Some of the places we enjoyed going, Balboa park and hiking at Torrey Pines.
Atlanta, tons of educational stuff to do and the Metro makes it easy to get around. Two favorites The Fernbank Museum and Underground Atlanta.
Jacksonville, Florida
Kids enjoyed the beach but we also managed a trip to Amelia Island, where we visited Fort Clinch State Park.
Washington DC
We visited a small slice of The Smithsonian which is huge, strolled along The Mall, and we even climbed the Washington Monument. The view from the Washington Monument is fantastic. You can't tell from the ground but there are small windows cut into the monument. We also took the time to go to Arlington National Cemetery which was special to me, as my Great Uncle Lucian is buried there, and I was able to take a picture of his tombstone for my Mother. We hope to go back to Washington D.C. one day. Needless to say we didn't get to see all the Smithsonian, and there was tons of other stuff we wanted to do. With our friends and fellow homeschoolers, the Theads, we visited Nanih Waiya Mound & Village. The kids had a great time playing in the river at a working grist mill, that was located nearby.
Field Trips Taken During the 2005-2006 School Year
With PEAK we have visited the Gulf Coast Exploreum where we toured The Mummy Exhibit, and the Louisiana Renaissance Festival , click here to read more about our experience at the Renaissance Festival. PEAK has field trips planned for Shell Mound Park and Bellingrath Gardens, Fall 2006, which we are looking forward to going on.

1 comment:

  1. I vote that next year, we make this a PEAK field trip...


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