The Ultimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip

Hayes Presidential Center

We love to go on field trips in our homeschool. Recently we were passing through Fremont, Ohio on our way to another destination, so I checked out the website for the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums to see if it would be worth our time to make a pit stop. I was elated to see that it was listed as a Blue Star Museum so our whole family got to get in for free with my military ID! The Hayes Museum has two main parts: the Presidential home and the museum. Our first stop was to take a tour of the home, but we could see Read More

The Ultimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip

Ohio Day Trips: Marblehead Lighthouse

Recently we found ourselves in the Sandusky, Ohio area with some time to kill. So I decided we’d swing by Marblehead Lighthouse and check it out. It was just the four kids and me, since my husband was still away for military training at the time. But we managed to get everyone up AND down the stairs with no major issues! First of all, the grounds are very beautiful. Gorgeous shoreline, and it was very well-maintained. Upon arriving, we bought our tickets (current prices are $3 a person for ages 6 and up) — and I know we got some kind of military discount but I Read More

The Ultimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip

Weekly Menu: July 10th – 16th

Recently I did something I’ve never done before: I bought some groceries online! Here’s a little breakdown on how some of the different Amazon programs can save $$ on groceries. Amazon: Let me tell you about some of the different pricing options on Amazon: Subscribe & Save: This means that you are signing up for an automatic shipment in a few months. The good thing is that you can cancel as soon as your order ships, so you’re not obligated to stay on or purchase anything further. (I write in my date book to cancel, so I don’t forget!) For purchasing 1-4 S&S items in a calendar Read More

The Ultimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip

Weekly Menu: July 3rd – 9th

So I failed in two major ways this week. I didn’t write a menu. AGAIN. I didn’t make it to Walmart until today… Thursday. Usually I try to go on Saturday, or Monday at the latest. So Thursday is bad for me. I don’t know what my deal has been this summer. I feel a little crazy with my husband gone for military training. If anything, that should make me want to be more efficient instead of decidedly less so. But I’m just trying to be honest and transparent with you guys. We have gotten McDonald’s and Little Caesar’s Hot’n’Ready pizzas a few times. Sometimes I make the kids Read More

The Ultimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip

Toledo Botanical Gardens

This year in our homeschool, we’ve been studying plants in science class. I have been loving this subject, because it has given us lots of opportunities to get outside and enjoy God’s creation! A few weeks ago, we went on a field trip to the Toledo Botanical Gardens in Toledo, Ohio. I wanted to share with you some photos and a few things I loved about it (and a few I didn’t). A few other things I loved: Free admission AND free parking! Walkability: it was big enough to explore, but not so big that it would be exhausting for the kids to see it Read More

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Mazza Museum

We love field trips in our homeschool! For the past two school years, we have had a field trip every week, and it has made school so much fun! Sometimes they are simple, like a nature walk in the park, or a morning spent ice skating. Other times we visit local museums, parks, festivals, attractions and more! As I mentioned when I introduced our 2016 school year, one of our elective subjects this year is ART. We have been using How To Teach Art To Children, which is awesome. It goes through all the different components of artwork, as well as famous artwork and their media. We Read More

The Ultimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip

Put-in-Bay

One of my favorite things about this school year is that we have been going on a field trip every single Friday! We’ve been learning about the War of 1812 in history class, and I was delighted to discover that one of the biggest battles of the war {and the turning point for the U.S.!} happened not far from us, in Lake Erie on a little island called Put-in-Bay! So of course the kids were delighted to find out that we were going on the LAKE on an ISLAND and on a BOAT. Sophie got to call the shots {literally!} when he fired an authentic Read More

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Indian Creek Petting Zoo

Recently we took a little trip over the border into Michigan to visit Indian Creek Petting Zoo. It’s located in Lambertville, Michigan, just outside of Toledo, Ohio. My dad had scored a good deal on a Groupon ($25 for our tickets instead of $40), so he gifted us some tickets for our admission. We’ve been learning about animals this year in science class, so it was the perfect time to visit. We went on a drizzly Friday morning, so it was not crowded at all. Here are some of the animals we got to see (and touch!) during our visit: Overall, we had a really Read More

The Ultimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip

Luna Pier, Michigan

My kids LOVE the beach, but we hadn’t been to one in over 4 long years. So I decided to surprise the kids with a beach day at an adorable beach about an hour from where we live. This beach sits in the quaint little town of Luna Pier, Michigan. It’s just over the border from Ohio, a few exits north of Toledo. We ate lunch at a neat little hometown cafe on the main drag, then we headed to the beach afterwards. It was overcast that day, so we didn’t even bother with our suits. I knew the kids would just want to wade Read More

The Ultimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip

Mansfield, Ohio

We love doing Field Trip Fridays in our homeschool! I’m going to share with you about one of our recent trips – to Mansfield, Ohio! First stop: The Mansfield Fire Museum There were a lot of things I loved about this place. First of all, it was FREE. They even gave my kids some free fire hats as souvenirs! There were a lot of things to do and see: real fire trucks, equipment, photos, costumes, and more. There were a lot of don’t-touch displays, but some hands-on stuff for the kids as well. Click here for their website with address, hours, etc.   Stop 2: Read More