In March we spent time learning about Native American history in North Carolina. There is so much that could be covered that we just did an overview of history from early times until the present. This is how we have covered a lot of history so far - giving the big picture and then we will be able to go back later and fill in more details.
Interspersed in the discussion about Native Americans, we played a game of Wheel of Fortune. I wrote the blanks to represent the name of one of the tribes from our state. They took turns guessing letter to see if they could figure it out.
Most of the information was presented as stories about people. That really is what history is about - stories. It's part of why I enjoy history so very much!
We also watched a video on the Lost Colony.
We also spent a little more time on the French and Indian War since we planned to visit a site later in the month commemorating this war. We watched some videos from the state site on the French and Indian War.
I wish we had been able to watch this longer PBS video on the Trail of Tears. I watched the first half to see if there was any way to just watch clips of it. The story was riveting and so many emotions washed over me as I heard this story. Anger, frustration and great sadness.
We also spent some time learning about some of the larger tribes located in NC and mapped where they lived.
This field trip happened on a Saturday since it was a major even at the site. It was nice to have some of the Dads join us on the trip! We went to Fort Dobbs, a wonderful site near Statesville. This is the second time we have attended this event and I highly recommend going if you are able to.
Even though the day started gloomy and chilly, the rain held off and it warmed up nicely by the afternoon.
We learned about music during this time period (mid-1700s). Some fascinating instruments that made beautiful music.
Fort Dobbs State Historic Site
Have fun exploring your world!