"'Education is the Science of Relations'; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of––
'Those first-born affinities,
That fit our new existence to existing things.'"

Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education
with a quote from The Prelude by William Wordsworth

Friday, February 20, 2009

U S History regroup

We are studying American Indians but instead of just studying the various tribes, I wanted to cover a tribe as they were encountered by Europeans, covering the major events involving American Indians. Unfortunately, I don't know enough about the subject, and could find to good reference source similarly designed, so we floundered.

I've chosen The Book of Indians by Holling C. Holling to read each week, and I can come up with activities relating to the book. After finishing the book I can then cover the major events in brief.

Holling's book is a little different in that tribes are covered by terrain rather than region, though there are parallels of course. This week we read about wickiups (wigwam) and the garb of the forest tribes, and my kids drew their own version of them. Ds#1 drew a large x-ray machine around the wickiup and then drew the details of what was inside, as revealed by the x-ray machine.

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

This sounds like a great start to your study of Native tribes. I love DS's modern day approach at "looking into" history. :)