Today was field trip time again. This time we visited a local history museum. The children were divided into groups. The younger children had an "abbreviated" tour. Each group participated in a scavenger hunt. The older children wrote out answers to questions while the younger children circled pictures on a paper. The first part of the tour was the early people-1813. It talked about the Indians in Mobile and which countries first settled there. Next was growth and transition 1813-1887. This section explained slave trading. Third was the renewal gallery 1887-1945. Here they saw pictures of the streets and cars, learned about WWI and the making of a local tunnel. Finally the end was progress and promise 1813-1887. This was about he Civil Rights movement, schools and pollution that threatened the area.
All groups got to visit the Discovery Room for hands on play. They also did an art project. The older children made and wrote with quill pens. The younger ones did quilt squares made from scraps of fabric glued onto paper.
This was such an educational field trip. I hope to go back again to read everything. We came home with lots of good history books from the gift shop. I can't wait to start reading them.