Combinations and Caterpillars

After a very busy weekend, we eased into the lessons this morning with a look at Massachusetts through a video called The Hidden History of Boston. The video featured stories behind the events like the Boston Massacre and Tea Party as well as a tour of Boston Harbor, Fenway Park, Salem witches, Beacon Hill and other landmarks.  This was an excellent video and perfect as my goal is to “visit” each state this year and we are also focusing on the Colonial times just as the Revolution was taking place.  It was a bit over his head as it’s not geared for children, but seeing that we’ve covered a lot of the material already he could follow along and recognized quite a bit of the history and added to events in his own words as we followed along.
Following the video we switched gears and did some grammar work and then read Incredible Castles and Knights, focusing on knights and their weapons, dress and life inside the castle.  Next was Life of Fred math, taking a look at multiplication, acres and polygons.  The chapters are fairly short so we also read The Great Number Rumble- A story of Math in Surprising Places. The first chapter in this book was a look at combinations within wardrobe choices and in an ice cream shop, take a look at all possible combinations: how many double scoop cones can you get if the scoops are different flavors and it doesn’t matter what flavor is on top? The the permutations- how many if it does matter? Same within the wardrobe with one pair of pants, 3 shirts and 3 socks? After we used 3 flavors, he wanted to add another flavor and see how it changed the number of permutations.

My youngest focused on the letter C today. We used bingo markers to make Circles on the letter C and turned it into a caterpillar-too which he said,- oh, he’s so cute! Then within the big letter C he filled in the shape with pom poms  and that was about it for focusing on that! haha Then he was off to build with his train sets!

Outdoor History Museum-Old Sturbridge Village

 We stepped back in time as we visited Old Sturbridge Village, a journey back to the late 1700’s- early 1800’s.

This outdoor museum is set as a typical village of it’s time, centered around the main village, featuring shops, farms, homes,bank, school and the meetinghouses.  Historians in costume, water powered mills, crafts and activities, demonstrations and a ride in the stagecoach are just some of the highlights!

This was a perfect opportunity to ground in those book lessons we’ve been working on so far this year about life in the colonies.  Several times I used the phrase “remember we read about this…” 🙂


Historians in costume, carrying out daily activities of the 19th century.







Boys taking an old time photo op as we first arrived.








We were able to view both target shooting and a musket demonstration.
















In the meetinghouse we listened to the organ and learned more on the Star Spangled Banner- it was originally a British drinking song! Both myself and my husband were surprised to hear this! I never knew this. We all learned something form this trip!

Outside the center meetinghouse, Liam tried his hand at the game hoop and stick. A group of children were all having fun racing against each other trying to keep the hoop from falling over and they ran.















We took a ride around the village center in the Stagecoach.





















We visited just about every house, the school, the mill the blacksmith shop, shoe shop, the Tavern and the tin shop.  The Salem Towne house and a couple of the others have such beautiful moldings and wood work, that I personally could spend the whole day just looking at it!






















Some fun on the playground and outside the school house playing jump rope and trying some stilts.

We also took a short boat ride, and did a lot of walking as there is so much too see and do! We had a great time and we were all exhausted by the time we left!