National Civil War Naval Museum – Columbus, Georgia

Did you know there are only four ironclad from the Civil War left? And one of right here in Georgia! Designed around the artifacts, this building houses the CSS Jackson, the largest surviving Confederate warship.   At more than 200 feet long, it’s remains are especially impressive when you step back to see the frame built to show its original size. Also present is other salvaged ship wreckage and replicas as well as weapons and equipment from the time. Leave time to explore the wall of detailed timeline of the Civil War; it’s enough in its own. 

Take the Kids to the Museum (and How Adults Mess It Up)

During our last museum experience, my kids waited for their big sister outside the bathroom only to jump out and loudly yell BOO! She screamed. They laughed. In the art museum. Just kids being kids and enjoying the museum and each other… but… I don’t think the docents see it as appropriate behavior. And definitely … Continue reading Take the Kids to the Museum (and How Adults Mess It Up)

Top Ten Tips: How to Travel with Kids All By Yourself!

When we moved to Georgia from Texas, I decided to quit my part-time job and stay home full-time. My husband was betting against me lasting more than six months, and my stubbornness kept me from admitting the same thing to myself. However, here we are more than a year and a half later with Mom … Continue reading Top Ten Tips: How to Travel with Kids All By Yourself!

Staying in the UK: 5 Things You Need to Know

AKA: Things I Wish I had Known Before Feeling Stupid in a Rental House Before our trip to England and Scotland, I briefly refreshed myself on the obvious differences between United States and UK life. The important stuff: biscuit means cookie, chips means French fries, and crisps means chips. Lastly, I bought a plug converter. … Continue reading Staying in the UK: 5 Things You Need to Know

Schooling from the Driver’s Seat

Learning happens anywhere and any time, usually without you acknowledging it. When you do call it “learning”, that’s when the kids stop doing that very thing. Whether you do traditional schooling or homeschooling, driving in the car is a great time to do some fun family learning any time. Now, a quick disclaimer. Being on … Continue reading Schooling from the Driver’s Seat

Museum Memberships: Are They Worth It?

Top two expenses every year for homeschooling the four kids: travel and membershipsTop two best money investments: travel and memberships I strongly believe that, of all that we do for school, our non-traditional learning is what has been most impactful to helping my kids truly learn and love our world. No amount of book reading … Continue reading Museum Memberships: Are They Worth It?