Friday, October 14, 2011

Colonial LIfe

Despite our big move school has carried on. We took a two week holiday {give or take a few days} in order to pack and then unpack, but we were able to keep right on reading a lot of our selected titles.

This week has been a slow introduction back into our studies, and it's mostly revolved around notebooking that various things we've been learning about over the past few weeks.

For now, most of our notebooking selections have come from the Homeschool In The Woods Colonial Pack. It's another amazing product from this company and we've truly enjoyed using it. We've only got a week or so left of it!

We made a paper/notebooked version of Nine Men's Morris. It actually came with little bitty heads to cut out to use for playing pieces, but we decided that was a tad tedious and pulled out some playing pieces to use in stead. There were many rounds of this played as we each attempted to battle our way to the end. When we read that the game was played as long ago as Ancient Egypt there was discussion of, "Do you think Moses or Joseph or maybe even Jesus played this game?"

A few weeks ago we learned about the various houses typically seen in Colonial times. Even more interesting we learned how each house became common and why. As it turns out, most houses were determined by the different ethnic backgrounds. The boys made pop-up booklets for each house!

We've learned about a lot of influential people, times, and items in the leading of colonists & their religions making it to America. We created a timeline of these people and items which turned out to be awkward to keep in our notebook in the way it was meant to be, so we folded it up {per instructions} and then put it inside a sheet protector! Easy peasy.

We also learned about 8 different "bees" Colonists use to have. Did you think those were just for quilting? As it turns out they weren't! They had a "bee" for everything from apple picking & hay making down to sewing and taffy making.  We really love these funny little books that you just keep twisting and unfolding. They store neatly in a provided pocket {pie shaped} but we found in the notebook they needed a paperclip to keep them from puffing out too much.

We also learned all about how the Colonial kitchen was run. It was quite the feat to keep everything balance and cooking at the same time! We really enjoyed checking out the tools and equipment used by colonists as well. Some things, like an apple peeler, haven't changed much either which surprised us. This little cookery book was a bit to heavy to glue down so we created a pocket page and stuck it inside.

This was a fun page! It was a little bit time consuming, but well worth it. Bear in mind we had to create 2x4 of these pages though.. The idea was to tape down 4 pieces of acetate, we chose to use some clear plastic covers from our ProClick merely because it's what we had on hand and I couldn't locate my acetate stash. Anyway, once you have four pieces taped down on various sides it creates a flip book. Then you glue various layers of clothing to your people and you can see what each layer looked like. We did this for a Man, Woman, Girl, and Boy. The boy also had a toddler to look after, but the toddler didn't come with layers.

This page, while simple really intrigued the boys. Each picture is an artefact dug up from around George Washington's plantation! We guess most of them correct, but the second from the bottom on the left we were way off on! The best part of this page was a few days after moving into our new place we were completely worn out after a day of packing and Mr S and his brother had nipped off to get pizzas for tea. When I flipped on the tv there was a history show where the people were digging for artefacts where the mysterious first colony vanished from. Not only were the boys familiar with the "story" they were so taken by watching how artefacts are dug up that they wouldn't let anyone pop on the planned movie.  Interestingly enough they actually dug in a new place {the people on the show} and started finding more signs of the lost colony. Which really disappointed my boys because they'd tried a viking dig for about 5 minutes at the last house and found nothing. So now Morgan's right back to being desperate to help on a real archaeologist dig.

These were things we did on two different days. The barn is full of things colonists would have used, grown, or had on their farms. If you swing the barn upward there's a pocket inside full of the various little things. The minit book above it is all the information we learned about flax, and really it was very interesting. We even had a book with photographs of the tools they used to harvest the flax in an effort to  make linen. We also learned where the terms linsey-woolsey & homespun came from which was extremely fun for me was I'd just been reading a fictional Civil War trilogy where the term "homespun" came up a lot. The boys always find it fun when I share that kind of thing with them.

Needless to say, our timeline notebooks are getting extremely full, and the boys really enjoy flipping back through them and checking out all the things they've learned.


The Zookeeper said...

Looks like your doing well in new home! School looks interesting as always Kendra. You do so wonderful!! XOXO

Kendra said...

Aww, thanks Kayla. :)

Ticia said...

YOur kids are a lot more into coloring. Our books didn't turn out so pretty.