This year in our homeschool history with my boys we are learning about the early American colonies. I picked up a few books that I thought would work well with what we needed to cover and I just want to report that I am extremely pleased with them.
For instance, one sad part of the Mayflower's history is that William Bradford's wife, despondent over leaving her son behind in England, died by drowning while the travelers were still quartered on the ship off of Cape Cod and while her husband was out exploring the land for a colony site. Both of the books flatly stated that it is unknown whether Dorothy Bradford fell from the ship or jumped to her death. As a woman and mother, I can let my imagination go with this story- Dorothy Bradford had been on a cold, wet, stinky ship for two months and had left her young son behind her across the ocean and maybe would never seen him again. People were dying from disease; it was the cusp of winter, prospects were bleak, she was malnourished and....who knows what her relationship with her husband was like. On that cold, wet, December day...did she fall or jump?
I want to supplement our history class with some documentary films to give the boys some visuals of events. I already found a PBS film on Netflix that they enjoyed. After the Christmas holidays we will break out the book that has projects connected to colonial life.