Living History - My Son Joined the Army! by Robin McDonald
My 14-year-old son Michael recently joined the army.
Okay, not really. Sort of. Only in a sense. He joined the 11th Texas Cavalry and decided to fight in a Civil War battle reenactment at Liendo Plantation, an old plantation that has been renovated, located between Houston and Austin.
One of the things we recently discovered as a homeschool family is the fun of dressing up and reenacting events from history. This is a new hobby for us, but Michael, who still loves to play pretend, even as a teenager, catalyzed it. We're still learning the ropes, but it's great fun, and wonderful for hands-on learning, especially for those kinesthetic learners who have a difficult time with books.
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