May 2-6, 2016 Gettysburg/Washington DC TRIP!

Here’s the link to the poster created to advertise this trip. I’ll replace that with a new post as soon as I get a chance to do so. In the meantime check out this poster and click on the link below to let me know that you’re interested; leave a message regarding the number of people in your family that would participate and to ask any questions you may have.

It is very important that we get a good idea of the number of participants SOON. We need to 1-make sure that we have enough to go (that’s how we get such good rates), and 2-We need to start planning soon, so having a firm number is required when pre-purchasing advance tickets.

Thanks for your interest. Pass this information along to others who may be interested as well. While we do a fantastic job of planning, leading and guiding, we are not too good at marketing. In fact, if you would like to champion the effort to get as many people as possible from your “group” we offer a free trip (YES, FREE) for every 25 participants that you get to sign up! Be the first from your group to call me and accept the challenge–


Click here to access our “register our interest” in participating formjameswashmon.2015

GRACE/Edventours to the Creation Museum in May!


Join us for a two-day EDventour with GRACE Home School Science teacher) Mrs. Eerkes for a trip around the universe! Well, we’ll make that journey at the Planetarium at the Creation Museum…but we will be taking a two-day trip from the HSB to Kentucky to visit this exciting education venue.


The trip will include transportation (or not-you may choose to use your own vehicle and we’ll waive the transportation portion of the fee), 2-day admission to the museum and park, hotel accommodations (indoor pool, hot breakfast included) all for just $80 per person (own transp) or $115 per person (Edventours transport will be using private vehicles and Mobile Ministries Vans for this trip).

Check out more information and access the registration page by clicking on the TABS above.

Picture Yourself in DC…THIS OCTOBER!


We’re planning a Washington DC & Gettysburg Edventour for October, 2015!

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’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 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:

Register Now-Quick Link

Spread the word. Look for us on Facebook and like us.

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!

US Constitution Quick Guide

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: Holocaust Museum: National Archives: Wash DC GoingOutGuide-Museums:,sortSpecifier_Name,categories_Museums.html  National Park Service-Gettysburg: