Save Gas and Time and Have Fun in Georgia’s Lake Country

Here’s a webpage that gives an idea about places to visit and things to do in Georgia’s Lake Country.  I still haven’t seen Rock Eagle though I have driven by that area several times looking for property.  People used to talk about it when I was growing up because the 4-H Clubs went there, I think.

Anyway, there is a museum and archives for artist Steffen Thomas that looks cool.  They have family workshops once a month on Saturdays and even an online tour of the museum.  It’s in the real Buckhead, Georgia, near Madison.

George Reisman Writes on the Ludwig von Mises Institute Website

George Reisman makes a compelling case that laissez faire capitalism is not the cause of our current financial setbacks.  He also has another article from the summer that begins wondering if Obama is an American version of Hugo Chavez. 

More articles and books regarding these type of issues can be found at the Ludwig von Mises Institute website.  If you are serious about learning about the soundness of money systems, why private property rights are important, and why free market economies are vital to our liberties and financial well-being as individuals and nations, look around their site some more.

Educators should not miss this website and its resources.

National World War II Museum

I finished reading D-Day: June 6, 1944 – The Climactic Battle of World War II  by Stephen Ambrose.  My maternal Granddad participated in this event and was captured and lived as a prisoner-of-war in Holland for a while.  He would tell me a little bit about his time in the war and how he could still recall different events decades later.  I think we should remember what kind of sacrifice was made to keep our country free of socialism, fascism, communism, and the tyranny of the monarchy.  Our unique combination of freedom, responsibilities, and democratic capitalism that our republic exhibits deserves an honoring of our past, learning from our mistakes, and striving to improve an imperfect living experiment that should never lose the inherent rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

If you are interested, there is a company called Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours that you may want to examine.

It’s on my list to see, The National World War II Museum, in New Orleans.  They even have lesson plans for teachers and an entire section devoted to education. You can even try a virtual field trip or video on demand.

Georgia Home Education Association

We have been homeschooling our children for ten years.  If you have an interest, check out the Georgia Home Education Association, the ultimate resource for Georgia citizens seeking to have a Christian homeschool. 

They have articles and even a page devoted to colleges that some have found to be friendly towards homeschoolers.

Sometimes a homeschool parent can feel overwhelmed and could use encouragment or a new idea. This page links the the support groups for Gwinnett County. Here’s the Walton County support groups.  And the one for Barrow County.  And Jackson County.  And Hall County.  You can search for any county in Georgia too.

State Parks and Historic Sites

Georgia is full of picturesque parks and historic sites.  Some of these might be of interest to you or your family.  Just click on the name of the site and you will be taken to the page for that particular place.  These web pages are well done and full of useful information.  Here’s Fort Yargo’s site, the closest to Gwinnett County.  Hard Labor Creek is not too far away either.

The state has even included a page of Georgia Performance Standards curriculum on Excel spreadsheets for touring each site.  You have to go to this page first.  Here’s more educational resources for making the most out of the sites.

It keeps getting better.  Here is the Events Calendar for the Parks and Sites.

Another fun place in Gwinnett to take your kids

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center has not been around too many years.  It is supposed to be neat and they even host birthday parties.