Living History at Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen – July

The Colonial Faire at Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen, four weekends in July!

Here’s a chance to see what it was like to live in Colonial times! Oak Glen is a beautiful place and not that far of a drive from the desert for a weekend of living history. This event is on weekends in July, so you have plenty of time to read a story or watch a movie to give you a clue as to the era of our country’s history. I’ve always found that knowing  a little bit about the time really gives our kids some hooks in their mind to hang the information they find at an event like this. So run to the library for some books, add a movie to your Netflix cue, or find an interactive website about colonial times!

Events lik these are great additions to your child’s education. Yes, the event cost some money, but all the education leading up to that moment can be practically free. The links above can lead you to an entire semester of American history. Homeschooling could look like this. First, you and the kids run to the library and spend a day talking to the librarian and picking out books, picture books and “discovery” books the kids will love and a more difficult book for a read aloud time with the family. There may also be movies available at the library. If you have Netflix or some other form of movie rental, watch seom tv shows and movies together based or set in the time. And introduce the kids to some interactive websites about the time. They’ll be playing games and reading all afternoon!

Get your tickets to the fair before June 1st for a good sized discount. Invite Grandma and Grandpa, Aunts and Uncles, or some friends to come with you and make it a family adventure. The fair is packed with intersting demonstrations and shows.

Most likely, the learning won’t end there. The era is fascinating when presented this way and not in a textbook. And it’s not just history you’ll be learning; literature, science, health, math, and home economics are all strewn throughout life when you study this way. There’s really no end to where you can go from here!

Civil War Reenactment in Perris

Here’s an amazing living history opportunity coming up on May 21 & 22 at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, CA! The Civil War period of American history was a fascinating time. The people who put on these reenactments love their history and love talking about it. This one is coming up in a bit more than a week, so you have time to read a short book or watch a movie about the time. That will give you a heads up on what you’ll be experiencing in Perris!

My sons loved “Rifles for Watie” by Harold Keith when they were about 10 years old. It says the book is for teens and young adults, but we read aloud together and they truly loved the story. It is a war book, so more sensitive youngsters might find the story troublesome. “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane is another awesome story. Perris is about an hour and a half way from our part of the desert. You could find an audible file of the story and listen to it on the way there and on the way home!

It also looks like there are a lot of Civil War video, card, and board games available on Amazon. My sons had the XBOX one and enjoyed playing it. They said loading the guns and cannons was the part that really got them. It really slowed down the battle and gave them way too many places to get killed. I can’t imagine fighting like they did!

If the war aspect isn’t your thing, there will be a civilian camp at the reenactment with women and children. Why would they be there you ask? They have the answers and it’s not just because the reenactors thought it would be fun.

Also, don’t miss a ride on the big steam train around the grounds. The engineers love talking about their engines!