Exploring the New World with Winter Promise
We've done it! We've completed the first unit of Winter Promise's American Crossing curriculum. Written in Charlotte Mason style with plenty of hands on activities, this year's History learning has been a hit so far!
We explored the new world with Cartier, De Soto, Columbus, Drake, and Hudson (just to name a few), reading historical accounts from Home School in the Woods Time Travelers series and choosing from a wide variety of hands on activities.
Utilizing these cd-roms are easy because Winter Promise has done the scheduling and matched up the lessons and activities for you. Simply insert the cd-rom into the computer, read the pre-scheduled lesson from your screen, choose which printable activities you wish and print them! Voila!
Our History learning also included living books: Native Homes, Life in a Longhouse Village, Benjamn Franklin An American Genius, Naya Nuki, and Blood on the River.
For our hands on activities we visited cities of gold.... well, it's not exactly precious metal. But, for being paper, it's pretty cool!
Studying up on navigation and sailing skills, we tried our hand at tying knots. While it was an eye opening experience, regular rope would have worked much better!
Among the choices of handwriting, and creative writing, is an option for lapbooking. My daughter, being the "out-of-the-box" kind of girl, picked from the printables to make her own 'Navigators notebook' at the end of the unit.
How about a game of Pirate Panoply? All my kids joined in for this one! Roll the dice and be the first one to dress your pirate in his garb.....
For your culinary indulgence, there are a number of recipes to choose from. We tried out Spice Cookies and Portuguese Sweet Rice with yummy results!
Speaking of food, when we studied more about Benjamin Franklin, we noted that in his pursuit of being frugal he consumed A LOT of Hasty Pudding. Curiously, we cooked up a batch. My children all agreed that "while it benefited Mr. Franklin, they were more than happy not to eat it all that often".
I didn't think it was that bad. It's really impressive how much just one cup of corn meal makes!!! (Shown are small serving sizes...there's PLENTY left in the pan!)
In addition, Winter Promise comes with the ability to make a State Study Notebook. In this unit we learned more about Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
And that doesn't even scratch the surface of maps, mapping, timelines, art study and character/Bible study!!!! There's so much to choose from that some weeks I end up whittling things down a bit as we have more going on outside the home. That is one of the great features of American Crossing!
Back in the day, I remember LOVING the study of the Explorers. My 6th grade daughter wasn't too thrilled with this part of history - until we got to the Pirates and moved into Colonial Life!
Arrr matey!!! Stay tuned as next time we'll wrap up Colonial Life!
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