Welcome to my new series, "A Homeschooler’s Guide to Charlottesville!" We have been homeschooling in the Charlottesville area for nine years now, so I have collected a great list of field trips and activities that I would like to share with you. Each post will explore a different homeschooling treasure in the Charlottesville and Central Virginia area. These posts are meant to be used both by local families and by homeschooling families visiting Charlottesville. I would like to start the series off with an obvious favorite, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. If you are thinking, “Been there, done that,” I urge you to think again. There is a lot more to Monticello than the house tour. You could spend a week just doing the free and low-cost activities in and around Monticello without ever purchasing a house pass.
When we take a trip, I either plan it based on a current book we are reading or find a book to coincide with our trip. Although I have dreams of visiting England to go on an adventure with Enid Blyton or to visit a secret garden, most of our trips are within driving distance of our home in Central Virginia. And because we have so much fun exploring the places we read about in our books, I thought I would share them with all of you through my new series Books and Trips!