Yesterday, I was faced with taking a child to the doctor and a granddad watching three children in the afternoon. Not all educational activities are great for others to oversee. Before I could decide on an afternoon task, I saw a great post from Classical Conversations at Home. She inspired me to have the kids build the current history sentence out of legos.
Honestly, I didn’t know what I was asking. I thought they would throw something together in the half hour I was out of the house. I wasn’t even close.
After five hours over the course of two days, I had an entire production about the Pilgrims. (These lego creations might not seem to reflect 5 hours of building, but we had quite a few boats fall apart during the creative process.)
First we had the Pilgrims loading onto the Mayflower in England. Notice that England has a dock and no trees since (according to one builder) they would have used the trees to build things. Then the Pilgrims traveled on the treacherous seas. Yes, they had a perilous (to use our new IEW vocabulary word) voyage complete with sea monsters and large fish. In case you missed him, William Bradford was watching for land.
Finally, they were close enough to use the long boats. Please note the incredibly large anchor. At last, they arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts (which of course had no dock and still had trees). After I had finished taking pictures, the kids decided to act out the entire scene again. This time, they had an audience. I’m thankful that I saw Classical Conversations At Home’s post and that we had time to implement some history play into our week.