Living in New England as we do, we are provided with a rich history and so many educational opportunities to pull from that it sometimes makes it hard to narrow down to one subject alone. My next entry will be closer to Thanksgiving, so we’ll leave talk about the Pilgrims for that one…

Here – well I thought we’d cover the Native Americans of that era – the people who lived here first. It’s a little hard to find first grade materials on that that cover in depth in a manner that I’d like to see it covered, but with the help of friends of mine who last year posted a-plenty in Face Book regarding Thanksgiving being a Day of Mourning and living very close to a couple of recognized Indian Tribes here in Connecticut, we have built some good studies by going out and doing, seeing museums, talking to Elders and as a result we have brought home the following talking points…

Some person you’ve never met pounds on your door and tells you that you can’t live in your house anymore. They want it for themselves, and your garden in the back is going to be paved over for a basketball court. You have to go – there is no choice otherwise. How would you feel? What would you do? Where would you go? What are your thoughts…

It made for a strong on our little gal, and one I am sure will temper her perceptions for years to come.

Rounding things out of course we then have been drawing pictures of foods grown by the Indians. Squash, Corn, Beans… our refrigerator is filled with drawings all over it. Taking time to do similar lessons I am sure yours will be the same as well.

Living and Learning your History.

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