Colonial Life Unit

Whew! We spent so long studying about the Thirteen Colonies and Colonial life. We started this study when I was pregnant, and it kind of came to a hault when I was so sick. But we finally finished it. We decided that we wanted to finish it with a Colonial meal, then we realized that we were awfully close to Thanksgiving, so the kids agreed that that would make for a great Colonial meal. It did! We had a great feast–vegetarian style!

Thanksgiving Feast

The kids dressed up in their Colonial clothes for the event. They’ve had so much fun with these clothes. It’s a little sad that they are going to grow out of them. The cousins that were here for Thanksgiving, also dressed up in Pilgrim and Indian costumes. What fun!

Colonial Costumes

Now for what we’ve studied for the last long while on the subject. We read some really good books on the Thirteen Colonies. We continued to enjoy This Country of Ours. We really do enjoy that book. The kids enjoy listening to the audiobook version while they work on their lapbooks. We also enjoyed some other books about different people and experiences of the Colonial time period. Some of our favorites were Roger Williams by Mark Ammerman, Tattered Sails (this one for it’s illustrations rather than the writing), Old Silver Leg Takes Over (Kids loved that book!), The Carving Tree (about Roanoake). We read several others, but these were the ones that we really, really enjoyed.

Of course, we did lapbooks on Colonial America too. Here are some pictures.

Lapbook covers by Zippy and JD Boy respectively

Colonial Lapbook Cover Colonial Lapbook Cover

Slideshow of Zippy’s (age 10) Colonial Lapbook

Slideshow of JD Boy’s (age 7) Colonial Lapbook

5 thoughts on “Colonial Life Unit

  • November 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    What a great unit study! I’m curious to know if you’re able to find most books at your library, or if you actually purchase these books. Thanks!

  • November 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I purchased all of the books that we used for the Colonial unit. We are currently working on a unit about Indians and we used the library for this unit. I find it a bit frustrating to use the library, because often the good books are on hold for three months or something like that, but on the other hand, I hate spending the money on so many books, not to mention the storage problem. So for the time being, I’ve decided to use what I can from the library. We’ll see if it works okay for us. We’re almost through our Indian unit and we only needed to purchase one book, because they didn’t have any books on local Indians at the two libraries where we checked and we wanted to learn about ones that were in our area too.


  • November 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Rhonda, I have pictures of so many of my late uncle’s native American Indian relics. I can send some of them to you for your study if you like. He had a double wide mfg home, that was filled to the brim literally with them. It was like walking into a museum. :) I love your unit studies, they are always so practical! Kim

  • November 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Now you just need to take a little cross-country field trip to Williamsburg and Boston and Washington DC! :) It’s a cinch, right?!

  • November 30, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Thank you for passing by :) I look forward to reading everything you’ve been up to and adapting it to our situation!

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