Went on a field trip with my 4th grader on Friday - GORGEOUS day. We spent some time in Virginia's capital, a place that I have only been through via I-95. We went to the Capital building first, then the Library of Congress, then the American Civil War Center, where we walked across to Brown's Island, saw a re-enactor, had lunch and some running around time.
I learned a lot that Smith has been exposed to all year long, Virginia's history, our Nation's beginnings in Jamestown, the Civil War. It could not have been a prettier day! There was a definite slant to the Civil War talk- definitely "pro-Confederate" which I suppose is appropriate in that Virginia went with the Confederates. However, it has been a number of years, since then. But the re-enactor said something interesting. He said even if we disagree with who stood for what, we should be proud that people fought for what they believed, and that is a good example to live by today, as well.
Afterwards, after the long bus ride home with 40+ 9-10 year olds, he and I got a frozen pizza (which we cooked!), watched "The Deathly Hallows" and ate some ice cream. It was a fantastic day.