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Welcome to my Spring Series called “Bringing Spring into your Homeschool”. Today’s post is by Sarah about her favorite place to enhance her homeschool experience. Check out her bio below and enjoy reading! Also make sure to check out other posts in this series and guest author bios by clicking on “Bringing Spring into your Homeschool” under Blog in the menu.

Our Favorite Place to Visit in the Spring

Written by Sarah | April 25, 2018

My name is Sarah. I have a lifestyle blog. I have had a very rough past and am finally discovering the new me. I am here to share with you everything I am passionate, everything I am struggling with and everything in between! I hope you will join me in my ventures in life. I am a mother of four children Jeremy, Bentley, Willow & Lillia. Jeremy and Bentley passed away when they were three months old and Willow I lost to a late miscarriage. Lillia is my only earthly child and she is four years old! We still honor all of the babies in our own way and are still learning to cope without them although it has been years. We blog about our life, our schooling, our hobbies, and just share just about everything with you! Watch out for our how to bring spring into homeschooling blogs they will have some awesome freebies!

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Hello everyone! this is Sarah from over at Sarah & Fam! I am so honored to be here guest posting with you all. I hope you enjoy!

So are you struggling to incorporate spring into your homeschooling schedule? Well, maybe you are over thinking it! We do so much schooling outside with no extra cost in our schooling budget. A lot of the time we just lay a blanket outside and bring our books and other things and just do our normal days work outside, but I want to tell you about this special place me and my daughter have been exploring and learning about.

We are very lucky to live near the 142ed largest US city park called Mill Creek Metro Parks. Last week we toured something called the Lanterman’s Mill. (it was $1 per person to get in). The mill was built in 1845-46 and it still operates today as it did in the 1800s grinding corn, wheat, and buckwheat. The water wheel is 14 foot in diameter and made with a beautiful white oak and will only last 15-20 years. In the mill, there were tons of photo and historical things we could look at, touch, and compare to newly built mills. There is so much history in this 4 story building we ended up spending about 3 hours here and will continue going back year after year learning more together.

Right next to the Lanterman’s Mill is a beautiful covered bridge that resembles a bridge used by farmers to bring the grain to the mill in the 1800s.

Sadly it was raining when we went, but that didn’t stop us from exploring a little bit more! There are over 4,500 acres to explore in the Metropark so I am not sure we will ever get to all of it but we will certainly take advantage of all they have to offer. They have 20 miles of drives and 45+ miles of foot trails along with a variety of bridges, ponds, streams, well-tended gardens and beautiful waterfalls! They also have a ton of recreational opportunities including a handful of museums and farms we can not wait to explore.

I also just found out there are 25+ classes that homeschool groups are welcome to book. They range anywhere from farms to outreach to gardens including classes at the mill grinding and learning how the pioneers lived to just about anything nature you can think of…

When we were exploring we took our journals out and added a ton of things to them and even checked a few things off the bucket list. Lillia enjoyed the scavenger hunt and whether the most! Let us know what you like.

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10 Comments

  1. Msddah

    This seems like some place I would love to visit if it were close to me. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. April

    I don’t homeschool but these are great places to go with kids! Thanks for the suggestions!

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  3. Stephanie

    I wish this place was closeby! I dont have a child who is being homeschooled yet but I love exploring historical places like the Lanterman’s Mill.. So cute that your daughter gets to explore and learn at the same time

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  4. Tonya Michelle

    Incredible that this mill is still in operation since the 1800’s. Kids love to be outside in nature, what a great idea to incorporate leaning.

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  5. David Allen Elliott

    It does look like a pretty cool park. I can see why there would be so many things to explore. I would really love going into the mill with my daughter as well.

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  6. Prajakta Sharma

    I love to stay outside and explore places but the weather is Chicago is too cold at present. Guess it will get better in some days.

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  7. Dannii

    We like to be outside in nature as much as possible. It’s where the adventure is.

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  8. Vy Nguyen

    Thanks for sharing your story.

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  9. Hannah Wilson

    Such an interesting read! Great tips!

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  10. Stephanie

    I don’t homeschool, but my boys love to go outside with a blanket and just be out in nature. The weather has finally gotten warmer so we are enjoying the playground a lot more.

    Reply

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