Saturday, June 13, 2009

Early American History

We're loving the Sonlight books for our summer reading in American history. So far we've lived in the Maine woods with Matt and Attean in Sign of the Beaver, and the girls have both encountered Captain John Smith in their independent reading of Pocahontas and the Strangers and Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims.  Elbow is still working on Squanto; Bobo has moved on to The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh.  For our read-a-loud we're now in Puritan Connecticut with Kit and Hannah Tupper in the Witch of Blackbird Pond. 

As a family field trip, we hit the replica of the Santa Maria today in Columbus. It was amazing! To think 39 people lived on that little ship for seven months. My home doesn't quiet seem so crowded anymore...

Check out the little stove area that provided food for all those people:


Gratuitous sleeping baby in daddy's arms picture...

4 comments:

jess s said...

I remember reading With of Blackbird Pond! A great book!

Looks like a fun field trip too.

Charla said...

Are you using a spine/textbook for Amer. history too or just the readers and read-a-louds?

Michelle Waters said...

Charla,

I'm reading the Boorstin book (Landmark History of the American People) and Story of US by Hakim. That way I can fill in a few things if need be. But the girls are just doing the what I mentioned above.

andeverythinginitsplace said...

that's my kind of field trip!
and btw. what a sweet baby.