Monday, November 19, 2007

Short school week

Really short. As in one day, lol. And I think it's a half-day too.

We're leaving to go out of town tomorrow so there's not much point in doing anything major. I know we won't actually do any bookwork while we're at our relatives' house so I'm not even going to bring anything. I printed out a couple of Thanksgiving activity books from Enchanted Learning that the kids did this morning. Right now, they're eating lunch and watching Bindi the Jungle Girl. Later they have gymnastics and at some point today I'm going to read them The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh. I picked up this copyright 1954 book at the library store last year for $1 or less and I was quite impressed with it. Shortly before reading it to the kids for the first time, DH and I had just watched Desperate Crossing: The Untold Story of the Mayflower and were shocked with how accurately this 1954 children's book told the story. I mean, I thought there was supposed to be some big secret cover-up? The children of the 50's knew the real story. How did the facts get distorted and forgotten so quickly? We've also gotten the mis-impression that everything was sugar-coated in the 50's. Apparently that's not true either. What does seem to be true is that nowadays, we take fact and turn it into scandal. And that is the real big scandalous cover-up.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I probably won't blog again until next week.


G said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Not sure how much "schooling" we'll get done this week either! I work all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and we're having company Thursday... I did print out a couple of the Tanksgiving activity books too.

I asked my mom, who was schooled in the 50's and 60's, and she says what she was taught about Thanksgiving is very different than what I was taught in the 70's.

Cathy said...

We were reading today that nearly all of the children survived the first, terrible winter...but 13 of 18 married women died. Leaving historians to believe that the mothers probably gave the children their rations.

Immediately those women were my sisters and I thought about them all day. I love history...and I can't remember much of what I was taught at all history wise. I was actually surprised at how many survived the crossing....

Lexi was most fascinated with Squanto and how he was so merciful in helping the Indians after all he appears to have been through and the fact that Pilgrams didn't really dress like Hallmark pictures them ; )

Matt liked saying Wampaunog (and I'm sure I misspelled it since I didn't check! ; ) )

Pixilated Mum said...


Enjoy your blessings. : )

Vegiemama said...

You might enjoy reading the rather recently published "Mayflower" by Nathaniel Philbrick. My library had it. Took me a while to wade thru it, but it's very definitely a complete history, and well-researched.