Thursday, October 25, 2012

♥ A Favorite Homeschool Field Trip ♥

Our homeschool group has taken many field trips. I love field trips. My kids love field trips. But this one has been my favorite……….for three times now.

It was to a Mennonite community in Tennessee. It was a bit of a drive for us, but so worth it.

The first time I went on this field trip was when Colt was little…..maybe 6 years old or so. At that time, they had a dairy farm. As a matter of fact, I found pictures of Colt helping to bottle feed a calf while we were there.  He was in first grade! 

We also visited the bakery at that time and had lunch at the Mennonite school with their students and were able to tour the classroom and observe the class in action.

The second time we went was the fall of 2010. Luke had only been home with us a few months. Again, we visited the bakery, visited and fed the animals on the farm behind the bakery, visited and toured the cabinetry shop, and ate lunch with the Mennonite children at their school and our children had the opportunity to play a game of volleyball with them during their recess time.

The third time was just last week. We visited the bakery, where the kids were given homemade cookies and fresh milk. We visited the cabinet shop, where they were given a special piece of wood crafted into the shape of the state of Tennessee, and again we met at the Mennonite school where we enjoyed lunch with their children and again our kids played with their kids on the playground, including a game of volleyball. The moms toured the classrooms and talked with the teachers.

And by the way, I asked if it was okay to take photos and they said yes.

I just love the colors of the girls dresses!
That's Joy serving.....she said the Mennonite students are really good team players and were very friendly and encouraging......naturally too! 

I love how the older kids play with the younger ones!

My carload of kiddos.....that's Michael & Zachary with Luke and Joy

On the seesaw......

Luke's friend, Jenna

The boys posed for me for a moment.......they were on a snake hunting expedition.  :)

Just because he's SO adorable....I had to include Hudson!  Love those cheeks!

Just hanging around.....  :)

They are the kindest people, and answered our many questions. I was worried about offending them with so many questions, but they reassured us that they didn’t mind at all. We came home talking about the field trip to Jason all last weekend. We’ve decided that our family will make a trip back to the bakery and especially for Jason to visit the cabinet shop one weekend. I know he would love it, being the carpenter that he is. The owner told me to bring him for a tour! And we’d love to visit their church, especially on the evening that they have a singing service.

If you didn’t already know, the major difference between Mennonite and Amish is their use of technology. Years ago in the early part of the century, there was a peaceful agreement where the Amish opted to keep things the old-fashioned way and not push forward with the use of technology and the Mennonites chose to use technology (such as electricity), but they do still shy away from the media (TV, radio, and computers). They did tell us that they use computers for their business, but not the internet. Their dress is closer to ours, especially for the men, although the ladies do dress a little more similar to the Amish. I think they look beautiful!

Everyone at the bakery shop, cabinet shop, and school were so kind and most gracious to us. Joy is now a pen pal with one of the girls from the school. Very good people, they are!

They wondered what we found interesting enough about them to make a field trip out of it………and I told them not only were they interesting, but it was my favorite field trip, hands down!

Hope you enjoyed “going on this homeschool field trip” with us through the pictures!

♥ Tammy ♥


Angela said...

What a wonderful field trip. And with such good and caring people. Loved looking at all the pictures. Do you mind sharing where in TN this was? Would love to visit,. Have a wonderful blessed day.

Primitive Stars said...

Morning Dear Tammy.....oh what a fun field trip day.....the weather looked great to.....Luke is so cute....Wonderful time had by all.....Blessings Francine.

Debbie said...

Good morning! I loved going on this trip with you. What a blessing I have a feeling this must be for all of you. I have read MANY books about the Amish. I just find it all soo comforting for you some reason. Thanks for sharing...enjoy your day!

Beth said...

What a wonderful field trip!! It sounds so interesting and fun.

cucki said...

wow what a wonderful trip..very beautiful photos..
luke is so cute..
hugs and love cucki xxx

April said...

Like the Amish, Mennonites vary across the country. We have some here that dress the same as we do, and do have TV, internet and radio. But, TV is only on during the news, and the radio is always on a Christians station.

Holly said...

Oh how neat. I can see where this would be a wonderful and fun field trip.

Sharon said...

That sounds like a very interesting field trip.
We have several Amish and Mennonites in our area also.
Luke is sure cute.

jody said...

what a great time and great experience for you all! so nice to learn of others ways.. that was the best part of being in the military and traveling. we also have amish and mennonite communitys up here. i have been to their garage sales and they always have fresh breads ect at the farmers market. enjoy your day!
you have adorable children!

Annie said...

WOW! What an amazing trip!!!! I agree, the color of the dresses are so pretty!!!

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...


I do believe that's one of my favorites, too. So fun! :) The people are so friendly, too.

Oh, and since we're talking like Yoda today..."Very good field trip, that was!" :P

Love you! 8!

Joy :)

bettyj said...

I have been blessed over the years to be friends with several Ohio Amish women. They are so much like us and enjoy cooking and homemaking. We exchanged recipes and just enjoyed visiting with one another.

Susannah said...

What an experience! Great trip for the kids!

Paula said...

This was wonderful, Tammy! I enjoyed your pictures, both old and new. And I enjoyed reading about the Mennonite people~ I think they are truly fascinating.

Cindi said...

Such a great experience for the both groups of kids to have! Love the pictures. Thanks for sharing Tammy!
Be blessed,

Maxine said...

Hi Tammy -

My grandparents and parents were Mennonite. I still have family members that attend the church. There is a large difference between the 2 groups. I always enjoyed going to church there because of the friendliness, good food (HA) and their willingness to help. Unfortunately as the older generations passed on, the younger ones didn't attend as much to keep them open. There are still 2 in the area where I grew up in OK but are very small.

Blessed Beyond said...

What an awesome field trip! and great pictures!!!

Hugs and Blessings,