Through Home School in the Woods Time Travelers series, my daughter learned more about everyday life of the colonists including their home, land, faith, use of slaves and ending with colonial holidays. What perfect timing!
Adding to these 4 daily scheduled lessons per week were some great reading selections. In the 12 year's we've been homeschooling, this is our 3rd cycle through this time period. How awesome it was to read quality living books that had not been previously used in our homeschool!
This is one of our family's favorite time periods. There's so many wonderful hands on activities to choose from, but not enough time to do them all. We scratched the surface with several from the Time Travelers series and then added a few of our own.
Living in Colonial America with Winter Promise
First up, a fun and easy to make replica of Jamestown. (Note - color before cutting and assembling!)
Next some pop-up home pictures showcasing the different types of homes found in the colonies. These are commonly used in a lapbook, but, we decided to forgo this formality in exchange for some of the other projects.
A very unique activity that my youngest two begged to do. Apple Head Dolls. Yep, carved from a real apple and dehydrated....
When the "head" is done, glasses, hair or a hat is supposed to be added to create the rest of the character. Unfortunately my eager children turned chicken and didn't want to continue. I chalk this one up to a good learning experience none the less!
How about a game of Nine Men's Morris?
More great activities to choose from -- making a sampler, stenciling and quilling. Unfortunately, my daughter couldn't do them all, so she choose two of these more "labor intensive".
And quilling. While the end result may not look like a "traditional" quilling project, it did start that way. My girl is one of those 'out of the box' kind of kids. So, the initial tightly rolled shapes got a more relaxed make over giving her project a bit of a modern art feel.
We also added tepee and wilderness fort kits as a fun bonus. My daughter decided to style hers with fleece and my 5 year old tagged along for fun!
For the holidays we were going to make a Pomander, but couldn't find whole cloves in our local stores. Fortunately the Holiday Wassail recipe, which we used for Mother-Daughter tea time, more than made up for it!
Besides the hands on fun, my daughter learned more about the character traits of equality, service, faithfulness, excellence, strength and industry through the lives of William Penn, Phyllis Wheatly, Jonathan Edwards, Paul Revere, Richard Henry Lee and Benjamin Franklin.
And, we continued our study of the states adding Rhode Island, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, West Virginia and Maryland to our notebook.
I forgot to mention the timelines, copy work, internet links, art study and much more contained in this curriculum that we didn't get time to explore. Phew! There's so much to choose from, but fortunately, there's a pre-made schedule to help you sort through the possibilities!
American Crossing in Charlotte Mason inspired and geared for grades 4-7.
Stay tuned for the next update as we wrap up The American Revolution!
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