After the long Veterans Day Weekend, our students were well rested and ready to be back at school. We felt some very cold Arctic air this week! Coats, hats ,and gloves were donned for the first time since last winter!
November is our month to study the reason behind Thanksgiving, and to learn about the courageous pilgrims who left England to live in the New World. The pilgrim’s voyage on the Mayflower was long, difficult, not very pleasant. Our class enjoyed sampling a piece or two of “hardtack”, the food staple on the Mayflower. When the Pilgrims arrived in the New World, there were no houses or friends to greet them, we learned. Pilgrims had to find a suitable place to start a town. When they did, they called it “Plymouth”. In Plymouth, they elected a Governor, made laws, and started building their new homes. Their first new friends were native Americans from the Wampanoag Tribe, led by Chief Massasoit. Squanto made his appearance at this time, and spent the rest of his life helping these early settlers learn to survive. The English settlers and The Native Americans made a peace treaty that lasted 53 years.
Next week we will explore the lives and culture of Native Americans. Our children really enjoy this very important part of our American history!