For the last several years, one of my homeschooled granddaughters (Kylee) has volunteered as a member of the John Lewis Society at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia. The Shenandoah Valley is known for, among other things, to be home to a large and vibrant homeschooling community. Many of the local museums and historical organizations recognize this and go out of their way to cater to this demographic. The FCM notes the following on their website:
The Frontier Culture Museum offers homeschool families the opportunity to learn history in the way that homeschoolers learn best: through active involvement in the day-to-day activities of the past. Students are encouraged to participate in cooking, gardening, wool and flax processing, and animal care. Special events can also be found throughout the year just for homeschool families.Kylee recently finished up conducting lantern tours for the Christmas season. As my oldest daughter noted:
She has worked very hard the last three years and has learned so much more than can ever be taught from a book. We are so thankful for a community that encourages hands-on learning for our kids. We are thankful for the kindness shown to our girl by the veteran interpreters on the German farm. We are also very proud of our young lady and the hard work she has sacrificed. Milking cows, making cheese, catching chickens, cooking sauerkraut and apple butter and life-long lessons of dedication, commitment, hard work, & integrity.I'm one proud Grandpa and grateful to the FCM for providing this opportunity for my granddaughter, as well as for many other students in the Valley.