Courageous Leaders of Whole Education Principles,
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Last week we studied Benjamin Franklin and the postal system. Below is a fun video that demonstrates FedEx’s Christmas rush.
Critical Thinking Skills
Let’s talk about where we’ve been and where we’re going! We’ve discussed William Penn’s Charter of Privileges and this laying the foundations for thoughts about the type of government colonists would eventually seek. We moved onto the Age of Enlightenment and Voltaire, Mary Astell, and John Locke. The Age of Enlightenment helped solidify the thoughts of Thomas Jefferson and he even quoted John Locke in the first few words of the Declaration of Independence. A similar movement was spreading across the colonies. The First Great Awakening.
Ask your children how God used both of these to influence the American Revolutionary War. Potential answers: The Age of Enlightenment brought with it more central planning (think Catherine the Great) and organized thoughts. It also had an anti-religion/anti-government side. Did these impact the colonists decision to fight King George III? How about when the colonists decided to ignore the king’s decree to not occupy the newly acquired land after the French and Indian War.
The First Great Awakening awoke sleeping Christians to experience the life they could have in Jesus. People who had been content to sit in church each week but rarely pray, study their bibles or learn more about God were now thirsty for God and seeking Him. Colonists started thinking of themselves as a unit instead of small groups of people. They also began to see the importance of worshiping God freely. How did this influence the American Revolution? Email your or your children’s thoughts to: email@example.com and we’ll post them on next week’s Mom’s Letter and on Facebook.
The video stopped during the Battle of Bunker Hill. The synopsis is that colonists worked through the night to build a six foot berm. The British commander remarked the next day that this small band of men took one night to complete what all of his troops could not do in a month. Why was that? What was the difference between the conscripted troops of the British where were fighting for pay, to get out of their contract, or because they enjoyed the military, and the colonists who were united in their passion for their own country? While the colonists lost this battle, they saw that they as untrained men could put up a good fight against King George’s army. It spurred them on to future victories. How does this apply to your children’s lives? When a huge obstacle is in their way how can they overcome it? Does it have to be completely overcome at once or can it be overcome over time? These are such great jump off points for discussion! Please email me with your family’s thoughts! firstname.lastname@example.org
Link it! At Home
This is a quick video of Bo and I playing week 3 for the first time. It has not been formatted and the cards do not show, but hopefully it will give you an idea of how to play at home!
Science for Week 3
We’re learning about steam engines!