Let's see. . . I'm pretty sure we did some academic stuff this week, too. Of course, we did the basics. The bigger boys are working on writing a friendly letter in grammar. It just cracked me up because D decided that he wanted to write his letter to our neighbor, Mr. Fitzpatrick. Well, first he wanted to write it to our dog, Enoch. However, when he figured out that we were actually going to mail the letter, he realized that wouldn't work out so well. So, sorry grandmas, Mr. Fitzpatrick is getting the letter. Maybe he will change his mind during the revising and proofreading steps!
I mentioned last week, that the boys were going to start reading The Courage of Sarah Noble. I wasn't sure how they would like it, but they seem to think it is okay. I guess it earned some "coolness" points because it is based on a true story. It is hard to not dig the story of a little 8 year old girl (same age as my boys) that traveled into the New England wilderness with her father in 1707 to cook for him and help him get their new house built and settled. Next up on their reading list is The Matchlock Gun.
Science didn't involve any experiments this week, but we made up for it in History. We talked about The Lost Colony of Roanoke and made our own guesses as to what happened to the settlers. We talked about Jamestown, Captain John Smith, and Pocahontas. We spent a lot of time on the life of a colonists. Here the boys colored and cut out clothes that a colonial man would have worn. They got a good laugh at some of his clothes.
(So, maybe D got a little bit colorful with his clothing!)
We also talked about the homes in colonial America. This was a cute idea from History Pockets.