Ahoy Mateys!stacey lane
Our living room has been an ocean lately! No, we haven’t had a flood – we just finished up Quarter 1 “The Explorers” in All American History Jr. We’ve spent 8 weeks sailing the high seas (and are now looking forward to the founding of settlements in the New World).
But before we disembark, I want to tell you how much fun we had with our own boats. In Lesson 6, we were given a website with directions on how to make a boat out of ½ gallon milk cartons. I helped my boys some putting them together and they have loved playing with them!
The best thing? They reenacted the stories of the different explorers we studied. (Hint: make the boat in Lesson 1 and then you would have it for all 8 weeks of exploration.)
For example, my boys declared our ottoman and piano bench to be the South American Continent. Then, by leaving a gap between the two, they pretended they were Magellan sailing through (what is now called) The Straits of Magellan and into the Pacific Ocean. One day they even put a lemon on their boats to remind them not to get scurvy!
Now this is hands-on learning at its best: