Thursday, February 15, 2018

We're going on a colonial adventure!

Exciting news!  Maggie and I are going to be doing a little roadschooling in an RV starting this April!  We are so thrilled!  God is so good to us!
For our first trip, we will be doing a tour of colonial America, starting in Georgia, then going up through South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.  We will spend the majority of our time in colonial Williamsburg, touring it, Jamestown, and Yorktown.  We can't wait!
So, of course, we have started our studies of this time period.  I wanted to share all that we were studying and group my lessons under a tab on my home page, like I did with our Geology course, so it would be easier for you to find for your own Colonial America studies.  Before I break down what the subtabs will be, let me share some of the projects we have already done in an earlier study of colonial life.  We did this with our Five in a Row (FIAR) book study of Ted Rand's illustrated Paul Revere's Ride, based on the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  That post can be found at  In that post, we ...

... made an interactive map of Old Boston during the time of Paul Revere's ride ...
... put together a pop-up scene of a town meeting (note the tricorn hats) ...
 ... tried our hand at "silver plating" like a colonial silversmith would do ...
 ... made homemade ink out of walnut shells ...
... wrote on parchment using a quill pen, dipped in our homemade ink ...
 ... made gingersnaps ...
 ... and used this facsimile colonial cookbook to make "Hasty Pudding," a traditional, colonial favorite!
There are many book and video links in the aforementioned post, so please visit it for more.

Now onto the new stuff!

Over the next nine weeks, before we hit the road, we will be learning about colonial times.  I have a rough outline of each lesson for now, which, of course, will be refined as each lesson comes, but I think I will be teaching it in the following order:

Lesson 1 - Early North Americans/Native Americans

Lesson 2 - European Explorers

Lesson 3 - Jamestown/John Smith/Pocahontas

Lesson 4 - Pilgrims/Mayflower/Plymouth/Samoset and Squanto/Thanksgiving

Lesson 5 - Other Colonies, Colonial Life 

Lesson 6 - Early African Slavery

Lesson 7 - Benjamin Franklin

Lesson 8 - American Revolution

Lesson 9 - George Washington and Other Heroes & Heroines of the American Revolution

Lesson 10 - Thomas Jefferson/Declaration of Independence/A New Nation, A New Flag

This is a rough outline, and some lessons will, of course, be longer than others, but this will give you an idea of the subtabs that will be under the "Colonial America" tab.  I may also add a post with a few tips on planning and packing for schooling on the road.

Check back with us as we should have our first lesson up in the next couple of weeks!

Thank you for joining us on this brand new adventure!


  1. Love the homemade ink project. Cannot wait to see pictures of your trip.

  2. Awesome about the rv trip!! We live in VA, but on the other side of the state. I have always wanted to visit Colonial Williamsburg! Maybe when my family gets a little older! Have fun you guys. i hope you share a lot of pictures with us.

  3. Williamsburg is our favorite getaway! We love taking the kids. Jamestown is incredible too. Be sure to hit both the replica parts of Jamestown (3 ships and the powhatan village) and the archaeologic site, where the original fort was. You can rent a costume for Maggie in Williamsburg and they will give her a list of chores to do throughout the day. It is such fun!!
    Have you ever used Homeschool in the Woods Time Travelers Series? Lots of fun stuff in there for your colonial/revolutionary period study. Here is a post i crated from when we did this.
    Blessings to you and have a blast!!!

    1. Oh, wow! Thank you for the tips! I love your post, especially your dyes project! How neat!

    2. Thank you! We had a great time with it. We have enjoyed all the time travelers units we have done. Wonderful activities!