Friday, November 6, 2009

Wampanoag Wrap Up

This week in our Thanksgiving unit study, we've focused on the Wampanoag's.  Because of where they lived, the Wampanoag were one of the first people to see the sun rise in the east every morning.  The word Wampanoag means "People of the First Light".

The Wampanoag didn't live in tee-pee's, but instead they lived in a wetu (pronounced wee-too).  The girls and I made a miniature version of one.  My original plan was to use dried pine needles glued onto torn brown grocery bags to give the appearance of woven cattail mats...yeah well, that wasn't working so well...so we went with the bag being deer hides, as would be the case in winter months.  Although we did complete the door covering out of pine needles.

This is what it SHOULD look like.

Here is our infrastructure:

Olivia helped me to build the infrastructure.  Both Lindsey and Olivia worked hard on the pine needles...I somehow failed to get a photo of Olivia.

Here is the finished product, with some very colorful Wampanoag folks.

Books we used:

Wampanoag, by Barbara A. Gray-Kanatiiosh
The Wampanoag, The People of the First Light, by Janet Riehecky
People of the Breaking Day, by Marcia Sewall
We also learned about the "three sisters", beans-corn-squash.  The girls completed pumpkin life cycle cards, and as a science project we started some pumpkin seeds to see how long it takes them to sprout.

As I've mentioned before, we use Awana as our main Bible curriculum during the school year.  I totally love the program, however I'm super frustrated with Olivia's class right now.  She's in her second year of Sparks, and we're having issues with the leaders not giving children the time to recite all their memory verses each week.  Olivia currently has 6 verses that she's needing to recite and get signed off on so that we can move on.  I had a discussion with her leader this week and am hoping that it's resolved.  If not I'll have to speak with the club commander next week. 

There is no co-op this week, woohooo!!  Olivia had ballet from 4:30 - 5:30 and then we headed to the local children's museum for a field trip with the girls Prims class from church. 

I hope everyone else had a great week.  Skip gleefully over to WUS for the Weekly Wrap Up to see how everyone  got along this week. 

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