Picture Yourself in DC…THIS OCTOBER 10-14!

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We’re planning a Washington DC & Gettysburg Edventour for October, 2016!

We’ve had several people comment on their desire to participate in an EDventour to WashDC & Gettysburg after checking out our facebook page. One of the things that you should know is that the sooner we can plan, the better the trip is organized…

Help us plan by contacting us to let us know that you’re interested. No commitments yet…just let us judge the interest level so that we can make some initial contacts to start the process.

We will be embarking on an educational, exciting, jam-packed, 4+day tour complete with motor coach travel and accommodations to Washington DC and Gettysburg on
October 10-14, 2016!

This fantastic experience will be an excellent integration of this year’s social studies, civics and history lessons as the sights, sounds and interaction with historical places will make your child’s learning come to life!

We’ll start in Gettysburg (Tuesday)

Re-enact Pickett’s charge! See the scars of battle as we’ll point out cannon shells still in residential homes in and around Gettysburg.

Experience the state-of art, newly reconditioned Cyclorama (an in-the-round multimedia show) depicting the battle of Gettysburg. Visit the graveyard and stand where President Lincoln gave his most famous speech. We’ll have a tour of the battleground as we relive the most costly battle fought on American soil!

After a comfortable night’s stay in Gettysburg, complete with a Pizza Party and indoor pool, we’ll make the easy journey into DC the following morning…

Washington DC-Ride to the top of the Washington Monument (it’s open again) for a panoramic view of DC; see the original copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, see the White House, visit the war memorials and presidential monuments. Witness the changing of the guard at Arlington, and relive the trauma of WWII as we visit the Holocaust museum-dedicated to preserving the memory of the devastating effects of evil…when left unchecked.

We’ll visit Ford’s Theatre museum and take a National Park service guided tour of the theater and The Petersen House where President Lincoln died on that fateful night of April 14, 1865.

We’ll also do our best to schedule an evening tour of the US Capitol Building with our congressman, where we may be able to witness Congress in session. And there really is much, much more. Check out the robust list of attractions, events and historic places that you will experience.

We’ve just come off a fantastic trip with the West MI Home School group; here are just a few of the comments:

“This trip was amazing. It touched me in so many different ways” -Christina

“This was an amazing and impactful trip!” -Emilee

“We had a wonderful trip…”-Carol

“So much more than we expected!” -Scott

“…our boys had a terrific time–they talked and told stories for about 2 hours after they got home.  It was great!”-Chris

Just drop us a note by emailing me at hazenbe.r@gmail.com to express your interest.

Thanks, Randy

 

West MI Home School WashingtonDC/Gettysburg…Welcome Home!

jameswashmon.2015James, Irene and I want to thank the entire group of WMI Homeschool Edventourers who braved the mild weather and manageable tourist crowds (not to mention the awesome breakfast and great accommodations at the Hyatt Place)…even the motorcoach diversions through Foggy Bottom and Georgetown and the neighborhoods housing a variety of embassies was quite interesting!

We had an awesome time with y’all!

Here’s one last devotional that we didn’t have time to fit in, but I thought it fitting for our theme and excursions through history and culture (and check out the WorthyDevotions website for more)

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

William Wilberforce led a campaign against the British Parliament to abolish slavery in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. During the course of his intense efforts, Wilberforce came to a desperate place of discouragement, feeling he had absolutely no more strength to continue. In this condition he was about to give up, when his elderly friend, John Wesley, lying on his deathbed, was informed of his friend William’s distress.Wesley requested pen and paper, and with a quivering hand, wrote these words,

“Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them stronger than God? Oh be not weary of well-doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of his might, till even American slavery shall vanish away before it.”

John Wesley died six days later, but William Wilberforce fought for forty-five more years, and in 1833, three days before his own death, witnessed the abolition of slavery in Britain.

Do not grow weary in well-doing, for we can still triumph! It’s exactly when everything looks hopeless that our God has opportunity to display His awesome power. Even the great men that changed history needed a word of encouragement now and then – so be encouraged, and be an encourager! You never know when you may enable another saint to continue pressing on, or how that may change the world!

Character Quest(ions) & Current Connections

One of the EDventours advantages is that we put decades of instructional leadership experience to work by blending activities and resources together with thought-provoking insights that encourage–even spark- participation and engagement. gettysburg-1993-03-g

At Gettysburg, we’ll stop briefly to consider the cause and effect relationship of our commitments and our actions; we’ll ask the question, “What is it that you would be willing to die for?” We will also discuss the authority by which a President can and should (or not) operate outside of constitutional authority (yes, it even happened back then)!

Being able to stand, see and experience the places and events that shaped our history can be a powerful learning experience. Join us!

Please go to the registration page to indicate your interest in going:

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Quick Guide to the US Constitution

It seems that everything has to be “fast” these days! So here’s EDventours Quick Guide to the US Constitution…but it’s only here to remind you that we’ll take several hours at the National Archives building which is full of interesting archived historical stuff…sure the original Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are here, but there are also temporary and loaned displays of other great things like the Magna Carta and a pair of Shaq’s size 22 basketball shoes!

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Michigan Home School Spring 2015 Trip to Washington DC & Gettysburg (April 14-18)

Join us for another memory-filled, four (full) day trip to the nation’s Capitol and the most celebrated battlefield in our nation’s history-Gettysburg! WashHHad2015 (1) This year we will once again take in the sights and sounds at a great time of year. Washington DC WEATHER: Average low: 49 Average High: 70 Ave Precip: 2.77/0.09  (second lowest mo) Ave Snow: 0 Dress in layers. It should be a great time to be in DC; Cherry blossoms probably will have bloomed and shed, but with low humidity, low historic chance of rain, and great weather for walking the monuments and getting to the museums and venues, we should have a great time! This is an all-inclusive 4 day/3 night (3-star hotel accommodation), deluxe motorcoach transportation and all admission fee paid guided tour–an outstanding value at just $325 per person (based on quad occupancy). Click on this link to see many of the attractions, venues, sites and experiences that await you and your familly: Gettysburg and DC Attractions Click on this link to REGISTER for this trip: REGISTER HERE Washington DC/Gettysburg Spring 2015 The Washington Monument is again open–we do our best to get everyone (who wants to) up to the top for the fantastic view of the city and an interesting history of the monument along with some fascinating glimpses of the interior. It’s just one of the places that we take the time to experience and learn about this great city.WashMonPS Here are some great links to get you thinking about, and preparing with information that you can use to teach and learn: WashingtonDC Interactive Map: http://washington.org/browse-dc/dc-map Holocaust Museum: http://www.ushmm.org/museum National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/ Wash DC GoingOutGuide-Museums: http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/search/q,sortSpecifier_Name,categories_Museums.html  National Park Service-Gettysburg: http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.html

EDventours Launches Lifelong Learning Tour-series #1

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Lifelong Learning Tour
Recognizing that life’s richness is not be something we can measure–but that it can be enhanced through building relationships and by learning more about how God continues to weave His story of grace and salvation through His providence and creation–Edventours is introducing the Lifelong Learning Tour Series! These tours are being designed for Seniors who are active and desire to spend quality time with others at quality destinations at a great price!

Hosts, Randy and Irene Hazenberg take their combined years of experience in event-planning, education leadership and education-related tours to the next level with custom tours that are designed to provide comfort, value and an excellent environment for entertaining learning and gracious fellowship.

Our first tour is scheduled for late August. We will be enjoying the United States premier attraction of historical significance (plus it’s a fun place to be)–The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI.

Sit in the very bus that Rosa Parks “took her stand” and listen to the drama unfold as you are taken back to the turbulent civil rights activities of the 50-60’s; See the presidents’ limousines from the early 1900’s to the present; visit a working glass blowing factory, and take a stroll down the “Drive America” display to see the major impact of that which makes us unique as Americans—our love of liberty–expressed through our love of travel.

Check out the Henry Ford website: http://www.thehenryford.org/museum/index.aspx for complete details of all the attractions and opportunities.

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Check out this season’s special exhibit that focuses on the pomp and popularity of the phenomena of the World Fairs of the 1930’s. The glamour and glitz; the promises of prosperity; the taunts of technology and industry all come alive in an award-winning exhibition that takes you back to a time quite similar to today in its sense of a what the future holds attitude that gripped the world!

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There will be additional opportunities* for those interested in taking the River Rouge Factory tour to witness Henry Ford’s contribution to the building of America-the assembly line, watch a full-length IMAX movie presentation, and ride an authentic ModelT and steam locomotive.

This will be a full day of engaging activities, comfortable accommodations and great fellowship (even and coffee and doughnut reception for our early departure) All for just $70 per person*! Don’t miss out on this great value–seating is limited [55]–so register now!

*Additional opportunities incur additional fees.

New EDventours TAB…Featured Venues

Check out the new “Features” tab (above in the black area). We’ll be updating this with various links, news, and items of interest regarding the places we visit. At present, we’re featuring a link to the Library of Congress. I was able to visit the LOC this past spring on our trip to DC and found that it is not only a beautiful structure, it is also a huge resource for engaged learning! There is a link for teachers, students, researchers and more!

The LOC is currently featuring a special exhibit on the library of Thomas Jefferson, along with a special Civil War photography exhibit. They have current and revolving exhibits that chronicle a wide variety of American culture and history.

Click on the TAB and find a link to access!