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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Some Easy Fun to Explore the Early American Colonies



Well, it's been ages since I've updated my blog with school stuff. I hope someday to have the presence of mind and time to post the many things we do in school, or at least the highlights. Some weeks are notably more fun than others, but overall, we have a descent and balanced time of fun and diligence in our studies.

This week we are on Week 20 of Year Two in Tapestry of Grace. We are learning about the Early New World Colonies and Eastern Europe. As we focus on Jamestown, Pocahontas, Powhatan and remember the explorers that made the colonies, our weekly projects were a combo of games, food and soon to come, costumes. Early colonists played Dominoes, a game similar to Scrabble, Find the Thimble and Charades. We will include those in our family night this week. We also played Shooting Marbles, made Bilbo catchers (JJ wanted to add bilbo means sword), sock dolls, and spinning tops. Lots of little games, made of items commonly available to the colonists. No Super Wal-mart back in the day! We're due to start working on sewing projects soon, and I found a pattern for colonial attire on clearance, so I picked it up. When those are done, I'll be sure to post pics. I am sure the kiddos will be proud of their sewmanship when they're finished.
Our menu, pictured above consists of Southern and Maryland Fried Chicken, collard greens, french-style greens beans, mashed potatoes, hush puppies (aptly named) and peach trifle for dessert. Each child was responsible to be assistant chef for one portion of the meal. The meal was DELICIOUS, although not so nutritious! Lots of butter and fryer action that night, followed by tons of sugar in the trifle...but still DELICIOUS! You can email me for recipes...very tasty!

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