Candid Reflections

June 4, 2008

Colonial Fun & Games

Filed under: Homeschool — candid reflections @ 6:50 am

In our chronological study of world history, we are currrently learning about the American Revolution.  We’ve recently developed an understanding of the colonists’ frustration over taxation without representation, and the formation of the “committees of correspondence” to keep patriots in all of the thirteen colonies in touch with each other.  We sat in our living room reading about the East India Company and their cornered market and taxed tea.  We read about the Boston Tea Party of 1773 and then appreciatively brewed ourselves a pot of tea.  We sipped from our cups as we considered the Sons of Liberty, dressed as Mohawks and throwing crates of cunningly taxed tea into Boston Harbor, all for the sake of principle.  The Historian (oldest son) speculated, “If the colonist’s didn’t want Great Britain dictating and using them to gain unfair profit, then how could the colonists themselves own slaves?”   Hmmm…history – contemplation… introspection… transformation …aint it great?

After we’d finished our tea, we got a group together and learned a game played by colonial children over two hundred years ago.

Skin the Snake

Stand in a line, one behind the other, with legs spread apart.  Each child should reach between his or her legs with the left hand to grasp the right hand of the person behind.  After doing this, the last person in the line lies down.  Everyone else backs up over him or her without breaking the chain of hands.  As each person reaches the end, he or she should lie down and let the line continue moving. 












We had lots of fun with you Rachel and kids, thanks!


  1. that looks tricky!

    Comment by jenny — June 4, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  2. It was, Jenny, I don’t think I could have done it!

    Comment by candid reflections — June 4, 2008 @ 5:53 pm

  3. That was fun Michelle! I bet we could have done it! Hahahaha! The reverse was pretty neat to. That was fun! See you for CAT’s!

    Comment by Rachel — June 4, 2008 @ 8:03 pm

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