My friend and I have decided American History Club is something we want to continue this year. We picked some new time periods to cover, and decided to start back at the beginning of American history – colonial times. The first two books describe the interactions between Native Americans and the early colonists.
First off, there’s Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets by Patricia Clark Smith. The book is part of the Royal Diaries series, which aims to present the childhood of female royalty throughout the ages and across the world. In this case, the book is set in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in 1653 and covers some of the conflict between the colonists at Plimoth and the Native American tribes of the area, from the viewpoint of a young teen. It doesn’t have the most exciting of starts, but it is interesting to see how people lived in that time period.
The other book we read was Blood on the River: James Town, 1607 by Elisa Carbone. This time, the story is told from the viewpoint of a colonist, specifically Samuel Collier, a page to Captain John Smith. Again, we see the conflict between the Native Americans and the colonists. The colonists need the help of the Native Americans in order to survive, but they still feel superior to the natives. As with Weetamoo, you’re drawn into the reality of following the life of an actual historical figure.
Finally, we had some fun with our Fun Math Friday activity. We used our Gram Unit Cubes (my favorite math manipulative) to look at patterns in perimeter, area, volume, and surface area among cubes. We built cubes with one, two, three, etc. blocks on a side and then counted the number of blocks in each size measurement. Miss Adventure was able to figure out the pattern to calculate volume, without having to build a 6x6x6 cube, and see the relationship between side length and area and volume. I asked Mr. Curiosity to look at surface area as well, which was a very interesting pattern compared to volume that has many biological implications.
And those are some of the books and activities we used this week. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.