Thursday, November 3, 2011

Life in Plymouth Colony - History Pockets by Evan Moor

I have been trying to figure out exactly how I wanted to to approach our lesson on Thanksgiving this year. Holly is a bit older and ready for more information, however not quiet old enough to fully comprehend historical accuracy and she is simply not ready for how harsh the real Thanksgiving actually was. We will however begin a brief introduction to that with a book I did pick up that I'll share at a later time. For now though I am thrilled with the program I did decide to use. After reading online, looking at teacher packs online, looking for books online I was feeling a bit bummed that I wasn't finding 'that one great thing'. I headed to our local learning supply store and was so thrilled to find just what I was looking for!!!

Life in Plymouth Colony - History Pockets by Evan Moor. I am not sure why I had not thought to look at an Evan Moor product yet as I am finding that I really do LOVE their products! They speak to me, they speak to my daughter. They are written well, they are fun yet educational -- not to kiddish, yet a kid enjoys them. So far I find their products offer a really nice balance.

History Pockets are new to me - similar to a lapbook in that they have a bunch of small projects that combine as one big project, but are more simple. The book does a series of eight pockets that create a large book. Each pocket is a new subject to cover. I do a reading on the subject with her, we discuss it, she reads a booklet for the pocket and then there are several hands on activities to reinforce what we just learned. These projects then all fit into the pocket of her book. For this book here are the subjects covered:

  •      Voyage to the New World.
  •      The New World.
  •      Building a Village.
  •      Home Sweet Home.
  •      The Family.
  •      Working in Plymouth Colony.
  •      Going to School.
  •      What Did the Pilgrims Give Us?

Yesterday she completed her first pocket, Voyage To The New World, and it went great! Holly loved how the little activities worked, she related them all back to the reading for the day. She picked up new vocabulary, had a better understanding of their voyage from England to the New World, learned about life on the Mayflower on the way over, what food and drink were like, and how a person made it. It was a great lesson!

1 comment:

  1. What a cool resource! Thanks so much for sharing - I am going to check it out! Thanks for linking up to TGIF Linky Party
    Beth =-)