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In Our Own Backyard

Our weeks are pretty full.  Mondays we have riding and we get a bunch of work done in the morning.  Tuesdays we have an online math class, cello lessons and writing group.  Wednesdays we have babysitting and riding.  Thursdays are for sign language and Fridays are writing group and piano.  It’s a full week.  At this point nothing can be added without taking something away.

When I look through my IG feed or even just my camera roll I see pictures of us writing, of us at the beach, or riding, and there is a part of me that misses seeing pictures of us out and about learning outside of home, at museums, at parks, at aquariums, at the movies, at lectures, at bookstores, anywhere but at home.  

Some highlights this fall have been:
  • Grace’s photography class
  • Their ASL class beginning
  • First visit to Peabody Museum for history (Inca)
  • Picking out Lilah’s cello in New Haven

That’s about it and that’s not enough.  It’s not enough for me to just give them book work without connecting it to life experiences.  I have to work on this.  

In the meantime our experiential learning has come from our time together as a family.  This weekend we had the rare opportunity to visit and tour the lighthouse in our town that is operated by the Coast Guard.  It was open only once before, this summer, in celebration of the Coast Guard’s 200th birthday.  We missed this event and made sure not to miss the second time they offered the tour, in response to the thousands that attended the first one.  

We love lighthouses.  Whereever we are on the East Coast we make it a point to visit.  We have visited lighthouses in ME, MA, CT, VA and FL but we never knew there was a Passport book and club you can participate in through

We obtained the stamp at our lighthouse and we will add it to our Passport book when it arrives.  Our lighthouse is not the biggest or the most impressive we have visited, but it is ours.  It was constructed in 1881 of cast iron and brick.  It’s 35 feet tall and on the cliff sits 52 feet above high tide. It was intended to mark the entrance to the Housatonic River.  It’s light can be seen for 16 nautical miles and flashes at 20 second intervals.

I love when we can learn and have new experiences right in our own backyard!


  1. I grew up on the Pacific Coast; now I live in the middle. Seeing your lighthouse makes me long for the ocean. :)

    You inspired me yesterday to take my crew on a mini field trip instead of showing them pictures via google.

    Thank you. :)

    1. I'm so glad! As I re-read this, I neglected to mention that we have been physically unable to keep up with our normal routine due to pneumonia striking both girls. Day tripping has been impossible. They don't have the stamina right now to walk around NYC or even to walk around a larger museum. I can't wait for them to return to their healthy selves so we can get back in our community and learn from more than books and the computer!

  2. I would have loved to come along to the lighthouse. It is something magical about lighthouses.


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