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Boston, Massachusetts: A Homeschooler’s Field Trip Guide to Early American History

May 27, 2024 | Homeschool, Massachusetts | 0 comments

Boston, Massachusetts, is a city steeped in history and rich with educational opportunities. For homeschool families, it offers a treasure trove of experiences that can bring the early days of American history to life. This guide aims to help you plan an engaging and informative field trip to Boston, ensuring that your homeschoolers get the most out of their visit.

Why Boston?

Boston is the cradle of American history. From the cobblestone streets of the Freedom Trail to the hallowed halls of Harvard, the city is a living classroom. Here, your homeschoolers can explore the roots of American democracy, witness the sites of pivotal Revolutionary War events, and delve into the lives of historical figures who shaped the nation.

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Where to Stay in Boston

Courtyard Boston Downtown is an ideal accommodation for family travelers. It offers reasonable rates and is conveniently located just a short walk from the Freedom Trail and the Boston Tea Party Museum. One of the best things about Boston is its sense of safety. You can explore downtown during the day, feeling completely secure while enjoying quality time with your family.

Planning Your Field Trip

Before diving into the specific sites, it’s essential to plan your trip for maximum educational impact. Here are some tips:

  1. Research and Pre-study: Introduce your homeschoolers to Boston’s history before the trip. Books, documentaries, and online resources can set the stage. We loved “What was the Boston Tea Party?”, Graphic Library: “The Boston Tea Party”, History Pockets: American Revolution, “The Patriot” movie, “Johnny Treman”, “If You Were a Kid during the American Revolution”, With Nothing But Our Courage: “The Loyalist Diary of Mary MacDonald”, Youtube: “Liberty Kids” series.
  2. Map Out Your Itinerary: Boston is a walking city. Map out your sites to ensure a logical flow and minimize backtracking.
  3. Interactive Learning: Encourage your homeschoolers to ask questions, take notes, and engage in discussions at each site.

Key Historical Sites to Visit in Boston

The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path that takes you through 16 historically significant sites. It’s a great starting point for your field trip. Paul Revere’s House: Step into the home of the famous midnight rider and discuss his role in the American Revolution. I suggest a hop-on-an-off Boston Trolly Tour click here to learn more.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

Relive the moment that sparked a revolution at this interactive museum. Your homeschoolers can participate in a re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party, throwing tea overboard just like the Sons of Liberty.

Monday-Sunday

10 am-5 pm

Boston National Historical Park

This park includes several key sites, such as the Bunker Hill Monument and the Charlestown Navy Yard. Discuss the battles and strategies here and their impact on the Revolutionary War.

Open 24 hours

The Boston Massacre Site

Located in front of the Old State House, this site marks the infamous altercation between British soldiers and American colonists. Use this location to discuss the tensions leading up to the Revolution.

Open 24 hours

The USS Constitution

Visit “Old Ironsides,” the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat. Explore the ship and the accompanying museum to learn about naval warfare and life at sea during the early years of the United States.

Monday-Sunday

9:30 am – 5 pm

Harvard University

Founded in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Visiting here can provide insight into colonial education and the intellectual currents that shaped early American thought.

Where to eat in Boston

Bova’s Family Bakery has a rich history of being featured in popular films, including “Fever Pitch” with Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, and “What’s Your Number?” starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans. Currently, the bakery is serving as a backdrop for Matt Damon and Casey Affleck’s latest film, “The Instigators.”

But Bova’s isn’t just about its star-studded appearances; the pastries are truly exceptional! My son, who usually isn’t a big fan of pastries, couldn’t get enough of them. He declared they were the best he’d ever tasted and couldn’t stop eating.

Conclusion

Boston, Massachusetts, is a vibrant classroom for homeschooled families, offering endless opportunities to explore early American history. By planning carefully and engaging in interactive learning experiences, you can make your field trip both educational and memorable. So pack your bags, grab your walking shoes, and get ready to step back in time in one of America’s most historic cities!

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