The girls and I are doing a Native American unit. We checked out a bunch of books from the library and read about Indian culture at a very basic level. They love hearing about "the olden days." I started the unit by reading them The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola. Izzie did not like the story since the little girl had to give up her very prized possession. We also read Tomie DePaola's book The Indian Paintbrush, and both girls liked it a lot better. In that story, the little boy, paints the sunset. A few days later the girls brought me a drawing they did with a yellow sky. They told me it was the sunset. I love it when they are thinking about lessons we did days or weeks later.
Our next big thing was to talk about some of the people of the Indian Tribes. We talked about the Chief, the Shaman, the Warriors and Hunters, the Gatherers. I showed them a picture of an Indian woman with a Papoose. Then we got to work making Indian Chief Headdresses. I took them to the art store with me to pick out supplies, which made for some very interesting color choices as far as the headdresses went... but I have to admit, they do look pretty cool. We still have a few things left to do before I close out the Indian unit until next year when we will go in more depth!
Izzie's and Maddie's Headdresses.
And reading one of the Tomie DePaolo book.
Izzie and her Popo.
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