Friday, August 31, 2007

Time Travelers Colonial Life: Day 6

For Day 6, we covered Lesson 9: The Colonial School

We learned about the "Old Deluder Satan Act". When I first read that title, I was a little puzzled. What could this one mean? It ended up being something different then my original thoughts. Unfortunately, I won't be letting you know what it actually means. This would be a great opportunity to do a little research of your own, or better yet, purchase the study. *Ü*

We also talked about the different types of schools a colonial child could attend, how a schoolhouse was set up and what types of material children used to do their schoolwork on, what children learned in school, as well as how they were disciplined for misbehaving or not completing their schoolwork. Boy were punishments pretty harsh back then...

We did learn a little about a man named Christopher Dock (1698-1777 A.D.), who help change the discipline "policy", for a lack of better word, and thought children should be praised and motivated in a positive way, rather than the harsh forms of discipline that were so common of those days. While reading about him, Anne of Green Gables came to my mind. *Ü*

One tidbit I found interesting was that in the winter months different families who had their children enrolled in the school would be responsible for supplying the wood to heat the school room. If a parent forgot to bring the wood, the child would be punished by having to sit in the coldest part of the schoolhouse.

We also researched more about the horn book. We learned that a horn book had a protective layering that was over the written words that was made from cow's horns. They would peel it off one layer at at time, place it on the wooden horn book and that was what protected the paper. AMAZING. I wonder how some people think of trying these things out for the first time.

Below are some pictures from the lapbook horn book, notebooking page of the horn book, and a rebus puzzle the kids worked on. Enjoy!

And here are some funny ones of my son. He doesn't like to have his picture taken. But our wonderful photographer got these series of pictures of him. They tell the tale of his picture being taken saga perfectly...

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