We finally got out of the house! Thanks to some wonderful friends who set up a true field trip for us, we headed out of our normal rut of a routine and found some gems. I am amazed at how quickly I got stuck in a routine this year. I have one kiddo who thrives on routine so I guess I just went with it. However, I do miss our trips out to explore.
Well, today we joined several of our homeschooling buddies and headed to Hiddonite, NC. Hiddonite is the home to a large vein of gems-including, hiddenite, emeralds and sapphires. Emerald Hollow Mine provides educational field trips for schools and other groups. The kids learned about erosion, how gems are formed in the earth, sluicing and other fun interesting facts. Of course, the best part of the trip was the gems!
If you are in the NC area, I highly recommend this trip. The people were extrememly friendly and made the classes entertaining for the kids.