The Jamestown Settlement and Pocahontas

We are thrilled to be here in Virginia with RVHomeschoolers.  This year our family is concentrating on American History.  We are using a text book, along with lap books, historical fiction and non-fiction materials.  I was thrilled to learn we would be near Jamestown since we had been learning about exploration the past few weeks.  We read about Jamestown and Pocahontas in our text book and in a book we purchased, “You Wouldn’t Want to Be an American Colonist.”  Marcus especially loves this series of books.  Cali is fond working on the lap books from A Journey Through Learning.

On Sunday we visited Historic Jamestowne which is a part of the National Park Service.  Marcus and Cali completed the Junior Ranger program and we saw a film on Jamestown.  My favorite part was the ranger led tour.  Our guide showed us around the first permanent English settlement in North America.  This is the place where on May 13, 1607, 104 men and boys arrived on the shore.  We learned of their fight for survival.  They had poor drinking water, little food and conflicts with the local Native Americans.  We heard about Pocahontas, who was 11 years old at the time and her impact on the settlers.  Our guide described in detail what the scene here 400 years ago may have looked like.  He mentioned that Pocahontas may have done cartwheels right where we were standing.  Of course I wanted a picture of Cali doing a cartwheel there!  It just excites me to be at such a historical place.  We also stopped by the Glasshouse to see the glass blowers in action, which was so interesting to see.

Back at the campground, Mr. Mike from RV Homeschoolers shared more about the Powhatan Indians and Pocahontas.  They lived very close to here.  We all watched the Disney movie Pocahontas together.  There were many conversations about how the movie is different from what really happened.  It is so much fun learning about the people and places in our history when we can actually visit them and learn about them with our friends.


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