Monday, May 12, 2014

Homeschool Field Trip to Philip Foster Farms

Our homeschool group went to a Living History Museum called Philip Foster Farms. It was a really cool experience! It is about an hours drive away from our house, a bit SE of Portland. It is where Philip Foster, one of the first people to settle in the west from the Oregon Trail built his General store and set up shop. The original General Store was there along with some barns, a blacksmiths shed his third house and a few other buildings. 

The kids took turns going around to the different stations and got to try some hands on old timey living. 

 Maddie and Izzie looking at a corn grinder.

 Izzie working on an old band saw.

 Maddie and Izzie sawing back and forth, back and forth.

 Izzie using a quill to address a postcard to herself.


 Washing laundry by hand was a lot of hard work. On a nice day like it was, it wouldn't have been too bad, but we thought about having to do our laundry outside in the winter and decided we liked our indoor electric machine!

 Using the handcrank to squeeze the water out of the rags.

 And then to dry them on the line.

 Using a life size tinker toy set to build a log cabin was a great team building exercise.
 Half of the homeschool group. We split up into two teams to go through the centers.

 Julia grinding corn while her mom Janet and Maddie watch.

One activity that I didn't photograph was the kids loading a covered wagon with supplies. It was actually big empty wooden boxes with what would have been in them printed on the sides. It was things like: lard, sewing kit, clothes, dishes and tools. They couldn't bring everything in the wagon and had to decide which two boxes to leave behind. Whatever they left would determine if they made it to Oregon or died on the trail. It was a pretty fun exercise. These kids were a bit too young to quite get the theory, but they had fun loading up the wagon anyway!

Just another fun day in the life of a homeschooler! 

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