Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Davy Crockett and an Unforgettable Museum Visit

History was never as interesting to me when I was a child as it was for my children! By teaching them history with unit studies about real people, the page was turned and the subject became captivating. Our kids will never forget that the name of Lewis and Clark’s dog was Seaman, or the fascinating drawings and journal entries that told the stories of their days and adventures as they journeyed through uncharted territory and met some amazing natives. Making history come to life this way made it indelible in their minds.

I will never forget one of our field trips to the Davy Crockett Cabin Museum in Tennessee, and neither will anyone else that happened to be in the museum that day. We were all spread out in the cabin, reading the various exhibit signs, sharing discoveries, and having so much fun learning about this American hero. All of a sudden, I heard our oldest son shout, “Mom! You aren’t going to believe this—Davy wasn’t any taller than YOU!” He was dumbfounded. I imagine that to an 8-year-old boy, a hero like Davy must have been at least 6 feet tall, not a mere 5’ 8”. Everyone in the museum started giggling, then laughing, and we all had a great time that day, learning together and sharing what we learned with others. Now THAT is what I call real learning.

By using real people from history and helping the children learn about their lives and adventures in real time, the lessons are priceless and unforgettable. They never had to memorize specific dates of wars or other bits of tedious information that made their eyes glaze over. They learned about the path of people and events through God’s plan and time. And that is the goal as they learn—letting them see His fingerprints as they explore!


Amanda B.

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