Learning about Native American Indians

After our big trip to Germany we were very excited to dive into the Native American Indian Unit from 8-10 with Moving beyond the page. I had already prepared and checked on a couple of things before our trip, so that things were just waiting for us to start. Unfortunately we have no museums close to us that exhibit much native American history, I was a little shocked about that, but upon a little bit more research I found an amazing Heritage center just across the border of Oklahoma. It is January now, several months later than when we actually did this Unit and we have not been yet. The weather and holidays got in the way, but we plan our way up there in the early spring days, so hopefully very soon.

Our main literature book was The Sign of the Beaver I try to read most the books with my kids, or prior before our studies, simply to have a little bit better  understanding of what we will be going through. And I must say, I really enjoy reading this sort of literature again. Both of us agreed, that the first pages were a little boring, but the book quickly picked up and got very exciting. I think I can truly say, my daughter loved it.

One of our top favorite activities must have been making Corn husk dolls 🙂

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It was a lovely summer day and I had bought the dried corn husk the previous day at the grocery store, pretty easy to find in the Mexican aisle here in Texas ;). We do most of the really, fun, exciting projects all together and of course our 5 year old had a blast with this as well.

 

Another great task was to make and design a teepee….

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Dancing to Native American Indian music outside while we waited for the dolls to dry… (lots of music on youtube)

We also did lots of research on animals and ecology in general. Several projects took multiple days…

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Overall, these two Units were some of our favorites by far yet. Learning about an amazing culture and history that is both amazing and shocking at the same time. There were too many things we stumbled across that we had to stop and do more research because it was so interesting. We had many great discussions and my daughter always tells me that this is one of the things she loves the most about homeschooling… discovering subjects together, and being able to ask any question she has….

 

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