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Fabulous Find: Reading Comprehension

I love about any products from My Mailbox! But my latest fabulous find is called Fold ‘n Read. While effective in any environment, these are perfect for our RTT rig when we are on the road. I punched a hole in the 36 laminated cards and put them on a ring. This is part of our reading curriculum this year. Something my 8 year old can do independently. She is keeping track of the cards she reads and the activities associated with it in her reading notebook.

I found mine in a retail store in southwest Florida. I also bought a set for grades 4-6 which will cover my fourth and sixth graders.  They, too, will keep track of their progress in their reading notebook. You can order either grade set through our Learning Shop.

Fold Read 2-3

West Central Indiana Stopover

Although we feel that home is where you park it, our official address remains in the southern hills of Indiana. For this holiday weekend, we took a short road trip to west central Indiana near Covington, Indiana. While we are boondocking at a family member’s farm, I would highly recommend the campgrounds down at Turkey Run State Park for anyone looking for a full service facility.

If you are traveling along I-74 west of Indianapolis towards Illinois, you should include a culinary stop at The Beef House located at Exit 2, the junction of SR 63. They are famous for the homemade yeast rolls made there, juicy steaks and freshly prepared salad bar. The kid’s menu has more than the usual fare and can also include the salad bar for healthy eaters. Menu prices are on the higher end but it’s definately worth the stop.

If you are looking for a more reasonable approach to any of the three meals of the day, check out the Apple Tree Restaurant at the Junction of US 41 and SR 136, also right off I-74 at Veedersburg, Indiana. You’ll find a family-style restaurant with an extensive menu for fare sure to please the entire family. Menu prices are below the average in our experience and the food was great!

Final stop on the area’s must-see list is a trip to Turkey Run State Park. Hiking, horse-back riding, canoeing, and swimming are activities we have taken in while there. The Nature Center at the park is open daily and offers a great learning resource. Our favorite hiking trail in the park is Trail #3 which includes ladders in parts of the rugged footpath. The campground offers all kinds of sites from primitive to full service hook-ups. There’s also an inn there and a restaurant with a gift shop. You’ll find this park nestled along SR 47 just east of the junction of US 41.


Adventures on the Oregon Coast

The west coast drive along the Oregon coast is breathtaking. There are so many historic and recreational points of interest along the way. Explore the wild side of the Oregon coast with a seaside hike from Ecola State Park. Take a tour of the Bandon cheese factory. Discover the maritime secrets at the Newport Aquarium. Examine the sea lions in their natural habitat up close.

morgansOur trek down the Oregon coast began near Tillamook on Route 101 and continued for about 10 days through Brookings as we headed south to see the California Redwoods. We sampled lots of local cuisine along the way. This is where our quest to find the best clam chowder in the USA began. A front-runner in our contest was found at Morgan’s Country Kitchen in Florence, Oregon (not far from some of the biggest dunes we encountered in the state.)

We also enjoyed tasty homemade cobbler after our meal at this same fabulous find.

Collectively we viewed nearly half the historic lighthouses majestically towering along the Pacific shoreline of the beaver state. ¬†Next time we find ourselves¬† in the vicinity of these beacons in the night, we’ll be sure to see all eleven along the coast.

Learn all about it in Road Trip Teacher‘s newest release Oregon Coast Lighthouses available today!

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