Reach Out and Touch the World
Travel is an excellent means of introducing your child to the beauty, history and diversity of our world. There is no substitute for first hand experience.
Along the journey we have traveled both north and south along the East Coast and west to Santa FE, New Mexico.
In Europe we have been to Romania, Athens, Istanbul, Nice, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Barcelona.
We have visited scientists in their laboratories at Columbia University and Stony Brook University.
We have visited hands-on children’s museum where Happymess kids have had the opportunity to “touch” the past.
We have toured countless museums in Washington, DC (Newseum, Spy Museum, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Smithsonian Air & Space, National Geographic Museum) and New York City (The Metropolitan Museum, The Museum of Modern Art).
We have seen live performances (A Tale of Two Cities, The Diary of Anne Frank, Around the World in 80 Days, A Christmas Carol, To Kill a Mockingbird, Cirque du Soleil). We have seen all of these performances in conjunction with reading the original works. Reading literature and then seeing the story interpreted for theater really makes the piece come to life. We also simultaneously study these same time periods in history: The French Revolution, The Holocaust, The Civil Rights Movement. Multiple perspectives enables the student to really understand historical events, not merely as times of political upheaval, but also as times of great personal misery and heroism.
We have had a blast. Each year I look for (affordable) opportunities for our children to learn and experience the “real world”. Society wasn’t conceived in a vacuum and neither will imagination or intellect be developed in a vacuum.
Let Me Count the Ways: Homeschooling is finding a classroom in every corner of the world.