The kids and I have been having a hard time following any history curriculum. Â It seems like there are too many names and dates and too little hands on experiences. Â We find ourselves yawning. Â So, we put the curriculum aside and decided to do some living history. Â We’ve just wrapped up the American Revolution and are now learning about Sacagawea. Â The book we used was mostly about what her childhood might have been like, with a few chapters at the end about her travels with Lewis and Clarke. Â The book discusses basket making, salmon spawning, leather working, fire starting, and other skills that are fabulous to work into a homeschoolers day! Â We watched a great video on the life cycle of salmon, and I may pick up some salmon to cook over an open fire, or even try drying into jerky. Â Kaia was most interested in leather working. Â So, we got some scraps and she created different types of pouches.
She made a simple circle pouch:
And Leif helped me make one for him:
Then Kaia did a flap style purse out of some buffalo skin:
She and I both love how this one turned out!
They also worked in a full afternoon of playing in their teepees, ‘hunting and fishing’, and trading with the tababone (“white face”).
We wrapped it up with a fish craft:
Next week, basket weaving, fire starting, and a documentary about Lewis and Clarke!