Friday, June 5, 2015

Our Family Trip to Washington, D.C. ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Happy Friday! J

What better way to wrap up a school year than a family trip? We spent last week in Washington, D.C., and every day was a field trip. {Shh! Don’t tell the children it was educational. J}

The national museums are free, although open some days only until 5:30 p.m., as well as Arlington National Cemetery and the National Mall with all its monuments. Riding the Metro {their train/subway} was fun and convenient although there was a cost.

Let's jump right to the photos!

A flag had been placed at every grave and every plaque in Arlington.

Military families came to place wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

We were at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. We were on the last shuttle bus to the amphitheater when they announced that the Wreath-Laying Ceremony had been closed by the Secret Service. L So we walked around, read the tombstones, heard the 21-gun salute as the President’s limo crossed the Potomac River, and cried in gratitude for the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms.

Lincoln's eyes really do follow you around the memorial.

We did pay for the International Spy Museum, and it was super-cool!

Wilbur and Orville Wright's first flyer at the National Museum of Air and Space.

We popped into the National Museum of Natural History to see the Hope Diamond. This photo doesn't do it justice.

Some of the architecture around downtown DC is incredible.

George Washington's clothing at the National Museum of American History. This was my personal favorite museum. The Star Spangled Banner is there...the flag that flew over Fort McHenry that inspired the poem that became our national anthem. It is so brittle and delicate now that photos are not allowed.

The Smithsonian Castle...not much to see on the inside but absolutely breathtaking on the outside.

The Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress.

Well...another personal favorite. The Library of Congress.

I wish I could sit down with a cup of something hot and go through photos with you, friend, but this is all that will fit reasonably in a blog post. J

On the blog this week…

Big Word Alphabet Game for the Car ~ We made up a game on our drive, and I wrote a post about it.

Have a terrific weekend!

How was your week?

{I have a deadline looming, so I’m taking a blogging break for the next week or so. See you soon, and thanks for reading!}

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  1. So interesting! Looks like the kids had a ton of fun :)

  2. Seems like you all had a great trip.

    Charlotte Moore

  3. Looks like a wonderful trip! I'm not too awfully far from DC, and I love that so many of the museums and monuments are free.

  4. Wow! What an amazing adventure! I showed my boys the Gutenberg Bible. We just learned about the printing press about a month ago. They were suitably impressed. :)

  5. Looks like an amazing trip. You weren't far from us. Only about an hour and a half. I don't go to DC, but perhaps I will to see the Museum of American History. That one is up my alley.


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