Colonial Massachusetts. The best way to learn about it is to "live" there! Your children will join young Nathan and Sarah Mayhew on their farm in 1732. Education becomes hands-on fun as kids "do as the colonists do" in year-round activities such as making a model weathervane, baking bread, dipping candles, and playing Jackstraws. Over 40 projects! Ages 8 to 12. 112 pages, softcover from Jossey-Bass.
Over 40 fun, hands-on projects and activities from the days of colonial America
Spend a year with the Mayhews, a family living in the Massachusetts colony of 1732. Ten-year-old Nathan and his twelve-year-old sister, Sarah, are eager to share all the fun and adventure--and the hard work--of their daily lives. Along the way, they'll show you how to play games, make toys and crafts, and perform lots of interesting and challenging everyday activities.
Churn your own butter and whip up a batch of tasty Maple Cream treats. Write with a quill pen you can make yourself, learn how to dip candles, and play popular games like Jackstraws, Crack the Egg, and Sheep Over the Fence.
Colonial Days is filled with interesting historical information and fun facts about growing up in days gone by. Discover how different--and how similar--life was for American kids in history.
DAVID C. KING has written many books for children and young adults, including Pioneer Days (Wiley), First Facts about American Heroes, America's Story, and The Heroic Age of American Invention. He has worked as a curriculum developer in both history and social studies, and as a high school English and history teacher.
The variety and number of projects give ample possibilities for finding ideas that fit your children's interests and suit your level of hands-on experience. (EclecticHomeschool.org, 06/03/2008)