Monday, September 27, 2010

First Day of Lessons

Our first day was September 13th, a little later than most Michiganders and a lot later than those of you down South. That's ok - works for us.

The first day for Cornerstone Home Learning never has an academic focus. We always have new school supplies, a treasure hunt, and ice cream sundaes for lunch. This year was no different, though I changed up the treasure hunt for a letterbox. The picture is Emily reading the clues.

What's a letterbox? It's like geocaching, if you've heard of that, except without the GPS. Letterboxing is something I've heard of for a long time and wanted to try. How do you do it?

1 - Decide on a box to search for. (Use your zip code, or someplace you are traveling to.)
2 - Go there and read the clues.
3 - When you find the box, it should have a rubber stamp for you to stamp in YOUR logbook and you should stamp your own rubber stamp in the book inside the letterbox.

Easy peasy, right? There happened to be a letterbox hidden right in our town, within walking distance, so we took a short stroll and searched for it. James is walking near one of the things mentioned in the clues.

And we found it! The clues were confusing, but we found it! David actually found it. In the picture, he is holding the "letterbox" and opening it.

All of my kids were into this, from the 8 year old to the teens. Here Suzy is holding the logbook from the letterbox.

I encourage you to give it a try! What a fun family activity!

I will post some ice cream pictures separately.


Christy said...

We letterboxed a few years ago - it was fun and I hope to do it again!

Debbie Schlarb said...

I never heard about letterboxing, sounds interesting.

Sounds like it was a nice start to the fall.

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of letterboxing, either. I bet I'd love it. I bet the kids loved their first day of school. Mich

Anonymous said...

We LOVE LOVE Letterboxing! We did it while we were on vacation in Nashville and got to see so much of the city like that. Tammy Smith