scurvy and rations

November 23, 2006 at 8:08 am Leave a comment

My bed became the Mayflower this week since we’re learning a little bit about the history of Thanksgiving.  At first I gave Alex a book to read aloud to Caleb. This usually works.  But for some reason, Alex couldn’t concentrate.  Why?  The book was boring. So I thought I would take over the reading and do a little editing as I went along. The five of us crowded onto my bed just like the pilgrims crowded onto the ship, and I started reading.  Alex was right.  This was a very dry read.  I found myself skipping ahead to page 72 and just pulling out details here and there.  We rocked back and forth during storms and got seasick.  Nearly 400 years ago.  65 day voyage.  Captain Jones.  One man died (many more died on land).  Oceanus was born.  Scurvy.  Rationing.

 I had to explain scurvy.  I had to explain rationing.  Well, Caleb didn’t like the sound of either.  He went and got all the plastic fruit and vegetables from the toy kitchen to put on our Mayflower.  He wanted there to be plenty to eat so we wouldn’t contract scurvy or have to ration our food. I found a pear and a lemon under my bed today.

Today’s book was much more exciting.  Alex couldn’t put it down.  The Pilgrims: Brave Settlers of Plymouth, by Lynn Groh and illustrated by Frank Vaughn.


Entry filed under: everyday life, homeschooling.

happy birthday Miss Mary where’s your turkey?

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