As we approached the anniversary of the Oklahoma Land Run (April 22, 1889), we spent a few weeks at home learning about Oklahoma state history. This was a bit like the blind leading the blind in our family, as neither my husband nor myself grew up here.
We culminated our studies with a co-op trip to the Harn Homestead in Oklahoma City. Here, the kids learned about life in the 19th century and homesteading, and they re-enacted the Land Run. I was surprised at the strategizing!
One worked with a friend to capture side-by-side plots covered in trees and a river. The other took a nearby plot with a tree. When asked about the choice, I received this reply : "Well, I have trees to build a house and barn, and my brother has water. I'm sure he'll share with me."
Once they were settled, it was time to start tackling everyday chores and schoolwork.