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Historic Zoar Homeschool Days

April 28th, 2012

Yesterday I met my sister and my nieces/nephew down in Historic Zoar Village for their homeschool days. The kids had a great time and really enjoyed the educational exhibits. The blacksmith shop was a huge hit, the kids were especially interested in that process (probably since there was fire involved). They also visited the wagon shop, the bakery, the garden center, the historic center and the dairy. Here are some of the things we saw:















The kids especially loved the hands on nature of the day, they got to use their hands for: kneading bread, wool rug hooking, using a manual lathe, making bird seed pine cones and so much more (head on over to Flickr for more photos of the day). Zoar has so many wonderful festivals and interesting things going on throughout the year, they also offer classes on everything from blacksmithing to weaving. Behind the Fences is their annual garden which I’d love attend, but I always seem to be booked for the date and haven’t been able to make it. Someday perhaps, I’ll just head down to walk around the town looking at the lovely gardens.

If you had to pick a manual trade to do for the rest of your life which would it be? I’m pretty sure you know mine would be gardening, though baking would come in a close second.

Fall Field Trip to Ramseyer Potato Farm

September 28th, 2010

Last Friday I went on a field trip with my nieces and nephew. They’re home schooled and are involved in a homeschool co-op that schedules field trips for all the kids to go on together. We spent the afternoon at the Ramseyer Potato Farm.


They have all kinds of activities from corn mazes to duck racing. My sister took the two younger kids on the potato farm tour and my dad carried around baby Katie. Unfortunately it was record breaking highs on Friday with temperatures in the high 80’s, it’s a good thing we took plenty of water.


I went on the Ohio Corn Maze with my oldest niece and my mom. It’s a huge corn maze in the shape of Ohio with major landmarks as the maze trails. There were signs with information throughout the maze and the kids had a worksheet to fill out when they found each of the locations.





The farm is also a pumpkin farm, so there were fields and fields of pumpkins. We got to go on a hay ride and pick our own pumpkin from the field. Hannah picked a nice big one.


There were also other fun activities like duck racing and corn crib sandboxes. The kids enjoyed running around and being kids for the afternoon and little miss Katie enjoyed being carried around by grandpa.






When it comes to my family, you can never leave home without ending up at a local ice cream shop (a tradition thoroughly embraced by Mr Chiots).



The kids had a great time, and hopefully they learned something on their visit. They especially enjoyed spending the day with grandpa as he just got home from spending 3 months in South America.

Have you enjoyed any great fall activities recently?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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