Here's the kids teaching our homeschool group one of the games the pilgrim children played - a version of marbles.
Here is Miss Lexie serving the group "hard tack" which was one of the foods "enjoyed" (not) on the Mayflower. Did you know the Pilgrims preferred eating in the dark on the Mayflower so they didn't have to see the bugs that were in their food?
We did however, have a little puritan/pilgrim punishment. Here is Jordan in the stockade or "Laughing Stock". I also threatened to poor cold water down their sleeves if they didn't behave like the punishment handed out to the Jamestown settlers.
History lessons wouldn't be complete without learning about Puritan courting. When courting, you sat in front of your parents' fire (in the presence of your parents). The only privacy you had was whispering through a long tube to each other! We learned so much about God's provisions for the Pilgrims. Did you know that when they had planted their corn, there was a drought, they prayed for 9 hours straight and a small cloud moved overhead to rain on their crops?
Sisters, here is another reason to be thankful that we weren't Pilgrims. At the first Thanksgiving, there were only 4 women left alive (and some teenage girls) to prepare and serve the feast to over 100 people (the Indians brought 90 braves to the 3 day feast).
We hope you had a great Thanksgiving this year - we had fun making this vegetable turkey:
No, our history lessons are not over. This morning we started studying love and generosity by studying Christmas and the ways it is celebrated around the world: Here are my St. Lucias and Star Boy who served their family breakfast this a.m. like they do in Sweden. For those of you who don't have any idea who St. Lucia is, she is a girl who was martyred for refusing to marry a man because she felt she should dedicate her life to God. She was recognized for her giving spirit.
I told Jordan this a.m. - see you never know what will happen at the Flanagan Homeschool - and he replied "I figured that out a loooooooooong time ago!" I hope your holiday season is filled with the gifts of love, fun and family. I wish we all could be together - we are going to reenact the nativity story on Christmas Eve - you're missing out on some first class entertainment!!! Love ya!