One of the best places I have found for a vacation that is both educational and fun is +Silver Dollar City Attractions. They even have some lesson plans already made up for you (most of these work better for children older than mine).
While at #SDC Alyson practiced budgeting: she wrote down each item she wanted to purchase as we walked through the park, and then figured out how much money she had and which things she could afford this trip versus which things she could live without until next time. Considering the length of her original list, I counted this as handwriting practice too.
She practiced map reading and orienteering as she looked for which ride,
shop or show she wanted to visit next and led us there using the park map.
We visited Sullivan's Mill and learned how corn is ground into cornmeal.
Prompted a discussion on what cornmeal is used for.
Peanut Brittle was being made at Brown's Candy Factory, so we stopped to watch the lesson
and learned how to make 18 lbs of peanut brittle.
We also visited Hill Creek Pottery, and watched this young lady making large mugs/steins on the pottery wheel. Alyson was enthralled. She didn't move from this spot the entire time we browsed the store.
We joined the Gospel singing at the Wilderness Church which falls under music appreciation.
Things we did not do this time but have in the past include:
Tour Marvel Cave (Geology, Bats, Local history)
Watch the glass blowers at work at Hazel's.
Watch taffy being made at Phoebe Snapp's
History Lesson at the Oak Trail Schoolhouse
and much more!
We learn something every time we visit Silver Dollar City, so I almost always count it as at least a partial school-day What have you learned while on vacation? At SDC or anywhere else...?