I'm getting ready to take down our reading list from my sidebar, so I'm putting it here for future reference. These were great books - especially for my younger set, and I'm sure that we will read them again as we re-visit this period in history.
Here are a few activities we did in conjunction with some of these great stories:
-read The Boston Tea Party and had tea time (I tried to convince everyone that we should boycott tea like the colonists did and have hot chocolate instead. Can you believe they rejected this idea and preferred tea for our tea time?)
-read Paul Revere's Ride and followed his and his comrades' journeys on the map in the back of the book (For some reason, the kids were fascinated with this map.)
-read Our Colonial Year and churned butter (I'm sure a lot of you have churned butter with your children and know that it requires some patience and perserverance. In the past we've used an electric beater to speed the process along, but this time I opted to be more "authentic", and each child shook a little jar of whipping cream and marbles. They soon got tired of churning and the younger ones lost interest, so we rolled our jars on the kitchen floor for awhile too. Finally...we had creamy lumps of butter. When the kids realized that their work (and Mommy's) had paid off, they were excited and ready to eat the results with some rolls (after adding a bit of salt, of course.)
-Superman came up with the idea of making a book about George Washington's Military Life. (I plan to take pictures of this and post later.)
-colored a map of the thirteen colonies (There is an excellent color map in the back of Our Colonial Year that they enjoyed looking at each time we read the book.)
-placed important people and events on our timeline
-Superman and I did a short chapter read aloud that he is still talking about. It's called Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride. It's the true story of a teenage girl whose unsung heroism helped her father, Colonel Ludington, bring his troops together for an important battle. Some historians believe that this girl's bravery just might have helped us to win the war. I had never heard of Sybil and enjoyed learning about her myself.
Now for our book list and then a few links that I gleaned ideas from as I was putting our study together:
Cindy's Colonial activities and projects that her kids made.
Homeschool in the Woods offers free sample lessons from their Colonial Life and American Revolution Activity Studies. (Click on the links and scroll down to the blue button that says "Download Sample Lesson Here". For both units it's in the left sidebar.) Amy Pak has been incredibly generous with the amount of material she offers in these free samples. If you've never seen her resources at Homeschool in the Woods, you've got to check them out. I love her beautiful artwork and fun, authentic activities. By the way, I'm not an affiliate, I just can't get over her neat ideas for making history come alive, and I wanted to share them with you. :)
Jennifer Steward's colonial unit study ideas
Another list of Colonial activities
Another homeschooling family's unit
Good links for crafts and books
Huge list of American Revolution links
A K-2 Lesson Plan for the American Revolution
Good candle-making info. and other "Olden Days" activities.
Whew...hope you find something helpful here. I have two more posts for this unit on the way. Thanks for sticking with me on this one!