To many of our homeschooled children, Plymouth, Massachusetts is just another place on the map, far away, only read about in books, and mostly during the month of November as we lead up to Thanksgiving. Even though, as homeschoolers, we have the flexibility to travel whenever we like, most of us keep our school field trips fairly close to home, saving the long road trips for someday, maybe when the kids are older.
Don’t wait. Spend some of your Thanksgiving study time with The First Thanksgiving: Virtual Field Trips, Videos and Slideshow (http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/webcast.htm). There’s a series of short videos in which Miles Standish will welcome you to Plimoth, and Pilgrims will answer questions posed about their lives. Slightly longer videos explore the Mayflower and the relationships with the native Wampanoags.
A selection of graded teacher guides and lesson planning ideas is easily accessible, including vocabulary lists and other printables, and even a mini Mayflower project, so you can customize your explorations of the First Thanksgiving as much as you like.
When you can’t travel there in person, The First Thanksgiving: Virtual Field Trips is the next best thing to being there, without having to face the cold November wind coming off the ocean.