Greenfield Village and More History in ES!

Week 11: October 28 – November 1

Greenfield Village and More History in ES!

A major highlight this week was venturing out to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI. The beautiful day with gorgeous fall colors added to the joy of the trip!

On the trip over, the heroes entertained themselves with “Would you rather…?” questions and fun activity books. Look, we are here!

During the time of the Printing Press, every word in a newspaper had to be spelled out backwards with individual letter stamps. To ensure accuracy, the printers made “proofs” to test the writing before large amounts of newspapers were printed. We still proofread to this day – in a different sort of way.


At the Railroad Roundhouse, we saw the steam locomotives previously owned by Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. The heroes demonstrated bravery by going underneath the outrageously heavy steel locomotives!

The first flying machine was built in the back of the Wright Brother’s Bike Shop in the late 1800s/early 1900s! Innovation in progress!

“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” – Isaiah 64:8

How exciting to see the last & 15,000,000th Ford Model T! Better still, the heroes enjoyed a thrilling ride around Greenfield Village in a Model T. What an experience!


Thomas Edison’s laboratory, a huge highlight of the day! Do you see the chair in the middle of the room? Henry Ford requested that Thomas Edison’s chair be nailed to the ground after Edison got up from his chair for the very last time. The laboratory walls contained shelves filled with chemicals and powders. We could imagine Edison and his workers inventing and experimenting right there!

One-room Schoolhouse! Oh, no – answering a question incorrectly meant you had to put your nose in a drawn circle on the chalkboard or wear a dunce cap. We are all grateful that at Journey Academy, the road of trials is a part of the Hero’s Journey.

Such a fun day at Greenfield Village!

Grammar mystery continues! Heroes collaborated together to find all 19 errors!

Creating maps of Downtown Grand Rapids!

Creating a map of West Michigan cities and the Great Lakes!


Have you asked your hero:

  • What do you think school would have been like in Greenfield Village?
  • What would it have been like to write an entire newspaper article backwards during the time of the Printing Press?
  • What was it like to ride in a Ford Model T?
  • What causes littering? Is littering bad? Why/why not?
  • What do the colors mean in Martin Luther’s gospel rose? (gold, dark, red, white, blue, green)
  • What is your opinion on candy consumption?
  • How do you play Fish Bowl?

See you next week!

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