Exploring Jamestown & Williamsburg
Trip Start Apr 06, 2009
21Trip End Jun 30, 2009
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We seem to have gotten into something of a rhythm to our days, starting with a morning "routine" of sorts-- mom & sometimes dad sneaking out for morning runs, doing sit-ups & push-ups together, kids reading about where we are going that day, watching podcasts together, reading short historical story books with Lexi, doing a morning devotional/"preview" (a puritan way of envisioning the day with God)--then venturing out, grabbing lunch, site-seeing, then a little "homeschooling" in the afternoon journaling & writing assignments in their travel books, then dinner out with some attempt at a "review" of the day (reflecting back on highlights). Of course as I am writing this I am realizing that much of this is more aspirational than fully implemented...
Since we so recently visited Plymouth, the kids did seem to make some connections between the 2 settlements. The main impulse behind Jamestown was more economic than religious relative to Plymouth, & also had a third culture in the mix, African slaves from Angola.
It is I have to say very rewarding exploring/learning together. There are of course the continual struggles along the way getting the kids to engage in the historical stuff (they seem to find something to fidget with wherever we are... monkey ball on Ross' iphone is serving its purpose as a bribe), to carry out a sustained conversation (while walking through Williamsburg, Ross muses "I find it interesting that there were so many similarities between the English, the Indians, and the African way of life..." barely a second and Luke says "What I find interesting is why Luke Trautwein is reading the Last Battle but never read any of the earlier books in the series"... mom and dad exchange befuddled look) but they do seem to be absorbing more than they show (at least that is our hope...) and do occasionally ask good questions ("what did it do to baptize the slaves if that is not what they believed?" "did they think that actually meant they were going to heaven?" "why did the capital change from Williamsburg?" and show some actual curiosity.
Their teachers definitely do not have a longterm calling for homeschooling & have a renewed appreciation for why we send our kids to school, but we are holding our own & finding a mutuality in working together, taking turns cracking the whip & going with the flow... two pats on the back. Off today to see friends in Richmond and then family in Falls Church.
May your mocassins
make happy tracks in many snows, in many sands, and the rainbow always touch your shoulder.
(Indian saying found by Grandmama Jones in her files from the 1970's)
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