Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Update: Dave Raymond's History

After taking a break from our history program to delve deeply into Civil Rights in preparation for our Alabama trip last November, we are back to our daily video lessons with Dave Raymond.  I love these lessons.  I love that they teach things not found in a classroom textbook, like who Cotton Mather was and why he matters.  Or that our country WAS founded on Christian values and why that matters.  Or that the Puritans had some really great values and perhaps that is why their communities were so much stronger than our current ones.

Living in New England allows us to take our lessons and bring them to life.  When I was searching for historical sites pertaining to the Puritans, I came across a Mather Homestead in Darien, Connecticut, just around the corner from piano lessons.  This is the family homestead of one of Cotton Mather’s nephews and is protected from developers by a land trust.  

I’m so looking forward to this spring.  As we continue to watch our lessons and create beautiful notebooks, we will walk in the footsteps of the people we are learning about by visiting Philadelphia, Boston and Gettysburg.  

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