Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Making History Relevant to James Today

Helping James get immersed in his education is one of my goals.  Putting himself in his studies is another.  Today for history, James was to read primary sources from "What was early contact like between Europeans and Natives".  James really got into this activity!

"The wemen are very cleanly in making their bread and prepareing meat. I found they account after death to goe into an other world pointing eastward to the Element, and when they saw vs at prayer they observed vs with great silence and respect, especially those to whome I had imparted the meaning of our reverence. To conclude they are a very witty and ingenious people, apt both to vnderstand and speake our language, so that I hope in god as he hath miraculously preserved vs hither from all dangers both of sea and land & their fury so he will make vs authors of his holy will in converting them to our true Christian faith by his owne inspireing grace and knowledge of his deity."

James asked if he could read it and he did a valiant effort.  James was asked to answer several questions about what he read and again, he had fun doing it.  The answers were brief but as James pretended to be a 13 year old boy from the Age of Exploration, I could see him in every word.

  1. Did you have fears before you went on the voyage?
    1. "Dying mostly... I never went on a ship, but I know that I might not last."
  2. How did you feel about the Natives after the first time you met them?
    1. "Curious, these people weren't like us, but we're friendly, I even met a Native my age. I had no idea what he said, but my bow with arrow's were there're but habbit's die with age."
  3. What do you think you can learn from these people?
    1. Not much, sign languadge was all I learned."

I know that some of his answers are hard to understand but he has really improved his ability to put words together to make sense independently over the years.  Homeschool Day 2 ✔

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