Observer Reporter Tour – The History of the Newspaper – March 2018

One of the things I love the most about Washington County, PA is its rich history and historical significance throughout. The Observer Publishing Company building is of no exception. While modern advancements in news reporting are fascinating, learning the origins of how things were made is of great importance. On a recent guided tour by Mr. Thomas Northrup, publisher of the Observer Reporter, we learned so much about the evolution of the newspaper! We were able to tour the newsroom floor and learn about the importance of meeting deadlines for print. While currently inoperable, the children were allowed to view the old printing press and assembly lines in the basement. Having an expansive collection of antique artifacts, Mr. Northrup shared items like a hand press from 1850s, the 1st laptop, and the 1st cell phone ever used for reporting. Each child was given an antique print key to take with them as a token of their experience as well! Many thanks to Mr. Northrup and all of the staff at the Observer Reporter for hosting us!


Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Production Facility – March 2018

Delivering news to nearly 1 million people per week, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette is the region’s largest newspaper and most visited news website. In 2014, the Post Gazette moved from its original location to a new, state of the art, 245,000 square foot production facility. Positioned in Clinton, PA near the Pittsburgh International Airport, the production facility is quite a sight to see! With machines so large that the roof of the building had to be raised and GIANT paper rolls – the kids loved it! Each child was given their very own reporter notebook and instructions for making a newspaper press hat. Thank you to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for welcoming us to the facility!


Homeschool Trip: A Visit to the Dentist – February 2018

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.

We were recently welcomed into a local pediatric dentist’s office to learn more about the importance of dental hygiene and take a tour. The children got to try out some cool shades, take a ride in the dental chair, see where x-rays are taken, and more! Thank you to Pediatric Dentistry South for hosting us!



Western PA Model Railroad Museum  – December 2017

Is there anything more fascinating for children than trains? Recently, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to experience a day learning about the railroad at one of our favorite holiday spots: the model train museum! Entirely run by volunteers,  the WPMRM is a nonprofit organization located in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania dedicated to promoting and preserving the history of railroads in Western Pennsylvania through the hobby of model railroading. They were gracious enough to open their doors to homeschoolers recently and we had an amazing time!



Be a Smart Shopper! – Giant Eagle Tour  – November 2017

Part of being a smart shopper is making healthy choices. During this hands-on nutrition-based field trip, students discussed healthy decision making with the help of MyPlate principles and nutrition facts. The Be A Smart Shopper! program opened the doors of our neighborhood Giant Eagle to teach valuable lessons on health and well-being.

On our tour, the children talked about portion sizes, making balanced meal choices, and the benefits of staying active. We were also given tasty samples at each station and a bag of resources to take home to reinforce what we had learned. Thank you to Market District – Giant Eagle for welcoming us and Field Trip Factory for providing these valuable opportunities for children! 


Waste Management – Arden Landfill – October 2017

One of the beauties of social media is the ability to connect with other homeschooling families and share amazing opportunities together! Recently, we had the chance to visit the Waste Management location in Washington, PA, thanks to the coordination of a fellow homeschool mom. It was a chilly morning but the kids kept entertained by learning where trash goes once it leaves the curb. Children were given the opportunity to operate the arm of the garbage truck as well! In addition to the machinery, my children were fascinated by how many turkey vultures circled the landfill! An experience not soon forgotten!



Triple B Farms – October 2017

Fall weather is our absolute favorite!! Not only is fall beautiful with the changing leaves and pumpkins, but it is abundant with educational experiences. We were so fortunate this year to coordinate with one of our wonderful local, family-owned farms, Triple B, for their first ever homeschooling day! We learned SO much about the importance of bees and pollination, soil and harvesting plants, and more! We are so thankful for the wonderful opportunity to learn about agriculture! What a wonderful day! 🍎🌽🌱🐝🐄