Home School in the Woods, a fantastic hands-on history company, has begun offering a new type of product – a-la-carte projects from their history packs.
HSITW has an offer right now (don’t know how long the offer is good) for a project on the Erie Canal that looks simple and fun. So, I sat down and printed it out and put it together so I could show it to the girls. I had not idea just how much hands-on history would happen with that little project.
Miss J, age 8, was terribly interested. So we talked about the project, looking at the map, discussing the information inside of it, and how it would have been used. I also sang her the Erie Canal song that I knew. That settled it – more information was needed so she asked about whether we could find pictures or videos of the canals and locks.
We started out on A Net In Time, looking at the pictures of the field trip they took to Welland Canal.
Homeschool Coffee Break has a field trip discussion about visiting the C&O Canal, as well as a link to an earlier discussion about canals.
Then some videos and webpages:
The Erie Canal page has animated drawings of locks in use.
Here is a video of going through some locks:
This video is about the canal and about the mules used to pull the barges along:
A video of mules actually pulling a boat along:
And this one, not of the Erie Canal but a fascinating look at locks, even on smaller waterways:
So, with just a simple hands-on project from Home School In The Woods, we expanded our learning across continents and waterways, using maps, music, history, commerce, and more. Not bad for a Friday afternoon in the summer.