Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My Little Pilgrim

I guess on Friday of last week, Caroline had her first official history lesson in school. Ms. R told them the story of the Mayflower and pilgrims and then she basically told the entire story over again to me at dinner. She was very interested in it and told the story really well and included a bunch of tiny details I don't think a lot of kids would remember. Needless to say, as a person with a degree in (American) history, I was thrilled. I asked her a bunch of questions about it and then told her some additional details as well. I'm thinking maybe this evening we'll have to make some homemade pilgrim hats to wear to dinner tomorrow. I've always wanted to do it but maybe now that she has some knowledge of pilgrims, she'll be more interested.

Then last night, she brought home an assignment that told her to pretend she was going to be a pilgrim on the Mayflower and like the pilgrims, she had to pack her bag quickly to leave England. So each child was to bring 3 items to school in his/her backpack ready to leave for America. What she didn't know is that this lesson is geared toward teaching the kids the difference between wants and needs and we weren't supposed to tell the kids what they should or should not bring.

Upon hearing the instructions, Caroline RUSHED upstairs and came back down with her 3 items: a baby doll (Pola), a silver star wand, and her tooth pillow. Why she chose those 3 items, I have no idea, but I guess she figured she'd need them for the long trip. I'll be interested to hear what other kids brought. I wonder if any of them thought to bring something that they actually needed versus just something they wanted?

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