Sunday, November 15, 2009

Squanto Wrap Up

My husband had abdominal surgery on Monday, so it was ruled a no school day.  I spent most of the day at the hospital.  My mother-in-law spent the night with us Sunday so that she could watch the girls for us on Monday.  There was some learning involved (she says with a tone).  Olivia learned that her grandmother doesn't know how to start a gas cookstove; and grandma learned that Olivia was willing to do it for her.  THANKFULLY the MIL had enough common sense to boycott this idea and use the microwave when needed.  (In my defense, I attempted to show her how to use the stove and she declined.)  

We spent most of this week learning about Squanto.  Squanto was Patuxet; however Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag invited him to join them after his entire village died of disease.   The girls created a very  large timeline of  important events of Squanto's life.

Squanto was kidnapped several times.  The photo below depicts him being taken captive and taken to England.  The details in the photo are a bit fuzzy, but in the upper left corner, Squanto is on the left, with his hands tied.   In the bottom right corner of the boat is a VERY dejected looking Squanto as he travels to England (which is the very small area to the right of the boat...I guess if you're looking at it from a distance, it could be very small....)

After returning to North America in 1614, you'd think Squanto would have avoided the newcomers.  But noooooooo!  Later that same year he was kidnapped and taken to Spain and sold as a slave.   This lovely group of colorful Monks helped him.

Squanto returned to North America in 1619, to find all of his people had died.  Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag's invited Squanto to live with them.   In Spring of 1621, Squanto met the Pilgrims (to be honest, there is no way in the world I'd have gotten anywhere NEAR a white person after all that kidnapping!)    Maybe he was attracted by the colorful garb of William Bradford below?

In the fall of 1621 the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims had a three day feast to celebrate the harvest and having survived another year.   Here you'll see several Wampanoag brave's carrying a deer in for the feast.  (Please note, the deer has it's legs tied to a pole and is upside down.  The deer's head/antlers are at the bottom of the drawing.)

Books we used:

Squanto's Journey, by Joseph Bruchac
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving, by Eric Metaxasz
Squanto Friend of the Pilgrims, by Clyde Robert Bulla

Movies we used:
Squanto, A Warriors Tale, by Walt Disney

We also worked on the usual, reading, writing, Latin, math and Bible.   This was a three day week for us.  Monday, as I stated was a hospital kind of day.  Friday we're playing hooky from co-op and heading out of town to hear Kenneth and Gloria Copeland preach.

I hope everyone's week went well.  Special thanks to Krsi at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers for posting my Weekly Wrap Up while I was away.

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