Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Unit Study on Colonial Williamsburg

We have been learning about Colonial Williamsburg in preparation for our trip there!

The girls took turns reading and taking notes.  One girl would read, after a section we would discuss what the important details were and the other girl would take notes.  In this way, the girls worked on their reading, comprehension, writing, handwriting, spelling and note-taking!

Some Interesting Things We Learned

*Children in CW in the 1700's drank wine, beer, spirits, coffee, tea, milk and apple cider!

*King James I of England said that tobacco was "lothsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs..." in 1604!!!  --IMAGINE the insight!  Yet no one listened!!!!

*We learned that they put cobwebs on people to stop bleeding and rubbed radishes on warts!

*The girls practiced curtsying before speaking as they did back then :)

We made some Queens Cakes, a bread that only the wealthiest people could afford the supplies to make:

We made a barometer:

back before there was such a thing as the weather channel, people used these not very sophisticated barometers to tell if the weather would be sunny or stormy.  The barometric pressure in the area forces the water down or allows it to come up a little higher than the water line.