With our Story of the World Volume 1 (Ancient History) book being finished for the year, I've decided to end our semester with a Kansas focus.
It started off with a visit to Living History Day in Havensville, KS.
We spent some time focusing on the Prairie (incorporating concepts such as biomes, habitats, and climate). A hike on the Konza seemed fitting. It was fun to look at different grasses and wildflowers that were starting to bloom. We saw that some of it had been burned and we talked about why that is a good thing. We saw some deer. We sketched the trail, the flowers, and the landscape. We stopped for (many) snacks. :) They LOVED it. And didn't want to stop hiking. They were troopers!
We took our first of 3 Kansas Field Trips! This one was to Abilene and the surrounding area.
We started the morning at the Dwight D. Eisenhower home and burial site. It was fun to interact with the kids through this. They thought it was pretty special to be able to see these places. We chatted about the Interstate system (as we drove I-70 to Abilene) and how Eisenhower was the president to initiate that.
Smokey Hill Museum. It was a spontaneous decision, as we had the time, and it was free admission. The favorite exhibit there was a built-in authentic looking, furnished log cabin.
Then, onto Rock City near Minneapolis, KS. This was a HIT!
This place is the largest grouping of Dakota sandstone concretions in the world. It was fun to discuss how we think these rocks got here and what would have caused the different angles of layers. Geologists have theories about Kansas being covered by an inland sea millions of years ago. I wonder if it could have had something to do with the flood?
Does anyone else find it odd that there are multiple concretions that look like faces??
My kids call these the "Little Pea" rocks because of their resemblance to this character.
Aliza scratched her belly climbing down from a concretion and was pretty tuckered out after that.