The words in yellow are some ideas for learning possibilities from this field trip.....
Barn construction methods and materials, barn uses, purpose of barns, why windows are in a barn, etc.
See the "dynamite" on the box over there? That was fun... and the rail car.....By the way, we DID have to push the handle... :) Nothing happened, in fact it is in there solid and won't move, but it was fun to push it.
Old schools and how they were used, school bell, mining, types of mining, dynamite, rail cars, cow bells- why are they used?, etc.
Farm wagons and equipment... appreciation for the work people did and for the creativity they used in inventions.......
Up higher, you can see the old wagon and there are other things displayed in various parts of the barn. There is even a milking station where water is used with a bucket system to allow kids to learn how to milk a cow. :)
Field trips offer so many possibilities for learning.... this one opens ideas about wind power, as well as the historical aspect of windmills, various types of windmills, animals and their importance on a farm, gas lanterns, fire danger in barns, etc.
What ponds are good for- including irrigation, why birds are important and their purposes, a covered wagon can bring to life the history of that time period and lead to all sorts of possibilities, discussion on what would be in a wagon... and what couldn't be taken on such a trip, etc.
The covered wagon was interesting to look at.... imagining traveling across the prairie with all of a family's possessions and food... in such a tiny wagon was sobering.
Blacksmiths, what they did and why, importance in the time period, metals, heating metals, stress of metals, heat, etc.
The horses were hooked to a wagon and rides were given... we didn't ride the wagon, but we did enjoy seeing it and the horses. :)
Horses and their jobs as work animals, their care, horseshoes, harness, fences, crops, types of wagons, differences in the responsibilities of kids years ago and today, etc.
Hygiene, mirrors - how they were made and how they were transported at the time, hair styles, barber chairs, barber shop gathering for information exchange, clothing styles (see the hat?), etc.
Backwards clock?, old stove-how it works, windows, etc.
There were so many things to learn in the bank and in each building.
Old buildings, Old West towns, hitching rails, banks, safes, old merchandise in store-what the items were, differences between old general stores and modern stores, why buildings are painted rather than left with bare wood, etc.
Old organs and how they work, old tools, loft in barn and its use, old buggies, etc.
There are an amazing number of ways to turn such a trip into a jump off point into learning for months to come - even as a reference point, ("Remember that old organ we saw....").
Old treadle sewing machines, Levi jeans, machines, modern electricity vs what was used years ago, research the usual sizes of barns and figure area and perimeter, etc.
Importance of towns - especially in old west times.... for safety, community, supplies, etc.
Difference between nice sidewalks now and dirt roadways then that turned muddy in rain, ladies' long dresses on dirt roads, etc.
Flowers, landscaping, old farm implements, walkway sizes based on expected traffic, etc.
Log cabins - construction, uses, time periods, sizes, etc. Logs, timber, modern logging operations, logs vs, boards for house construction, Lincoln Log play, etc.
Gardens, beauty, vegetables, fruits, herbs, fences, growing practices, food sources of years gone by vs present practices, canning, dehydrating, brick work, flagstone paths, etc.
Raised garden beds, trellis, mulching, composting, seed saving, birds, garden pests, harvests, planting, etc.
Different methods of growing trees, fruit yields, plant uses - for food, for medicine, and more....
Prairie dogs... how they communicate and live in "towns", habits, etc.
Old farm methods, driving a tractor, etc.
Homesteading, layout of a farm/homestead, protecting crops, location of animals in relation to house and garden, food for animals and people, etc.
Bridges, engineering, etc.
As you have noticed all the way through, there are some ideas for learning possibilities from this one field trip... they are the words in yellow throughout the post. There are actually so many more possibilities than mentioned... no matter the size of the field trip or what you see.... there are many opportunities to increase learning and to make learning fun.
We can assign writing assignments - creative writing, essays, research projects and more. Play can be used - using Lincoln Logs or cardboard boxes to build a homestead or farm. Field trips are fun.. we all like the change from our regular schedule.... and learning from them doesn't have to be laborious. Another benefit is that our children learn to be more curious and to learn on their own, which is what we want them to do. Also, they will remember such learning longer. Thank you for visiting and seeing some of what we saw on our field trip. :)