Exploring Our City
We live out in the country near a small town, but there is a fairly large city just thirty minutes away. I have to admit, however, that I don’t go downtown very often, even though it’s all been renovated. Part of the reason is because I get a little anxious trying to find a parking space on the city streets, but I also don’t really know what there is to do when we get there. So I’ve decided it’s time to start exploring our city!
This project is going to involve research, “field trips”, and lots of hands-on activities. And it’s going to be a lot of fun! Here are some of the things we’re going to do.
We’re going to be drawing a lot of maps (or printing them). I want my kids to have an understanding of where we live, where the little town is where we do our shopping, and where the large city is in relation to that. These maps don’t have to include all the little back roads, but I do want them to include landmarks that my kids recognize, such as the piano teacher’s house, parks, favorites stores, ant the movie theater. We’ll also indicate friends’ homes, our grandma’s home, and our church. Then, as we discover new places, we’ll mark those on the map as well.
The next step is to investigate the city. What is it known for? Are there any historical landmarks? Are there any statues downtown? Why are they there, and what do they represent? Are there any museums? If so, what is the focus of the exhibits? I know our city has an art museum, two museums about the history of the area, and a children’s museum with lots of activities for little ones. Some of them are free to enter; some require a small admission fee. But I’m sure there are more out there.
Parks are another part of the city that shouldn’t be overlooked. Even our little town started renovating a park, and now it has a really nice amphitheater. Are there any parks in your town? Famous bridges? Waterfalls? Do teams play sports there? What teams represent your city? Does the city have an amusement park, water park, or fun park? It’ll take some time, but this kind of research would be a lot of fun to do as a family!
Putting It All Together
Finally, we’re going to organize all the information into a notebook. We’ll include photos and brochures, and we’ll rate the places we visit. We’ll also write up recommendations for our favorite places to visit.
I’ll let you know how our project turns out.
Are you ready to explore your city too? What new things do you think your family will discover?