"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Thursday, May 24, 2007

America's Stonehenge

Little did I know that 30 minutes away from us lies the not-so-infamous American Stonehenge. Most likely the oldest man-made construction in the United States (over 4000 years!), nobody knows for sure who built it exactly... The place consists of a maze of man-made chambers, walls and ceremonial meeting places that unbeknownst to us, were roped off and displayed "Do Not Climb" signs. Fun! (I believe a not-so-friendly email is in order!) Fortunately, a broken chain in the viewing trail led us straight to some of the caves and passageways anyways and the kids enjoyed a few minutes of exploring.

A trip to the gift shop for gigantic stuffed snakes (see left) made up for the disappointing exhibit.

Afterwards we headed to a playground/park in Windham (highly recommended) where the kids had a blast running around a pond and playing on the equipment. Caden slept blissfully in the stroller for most of it...

(*Note to Unschoolers: I'll stop stealing your pictures and collages when my camera comes in next week!)

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