Thursday, September 5, 2013

pocahontas and captain john smith

My girls took an intro to IEW (writing) class over the summer at our local homeschool used bookstore. It was a great class to get their feet wet and a great way for me to learn how the IEW method is taught. I LOVE this writing program!

I wanted the girls to write about something they had learned from our study on Jamestown, but I wanted to make it extra fun as well! Both of my girls love crafts. I learned how to make oatmeal container dolls from a friend and I thought this would be the perfect time to make some.

I asked my 7-year-old to write a one paragraph paper on John Smith. I asked my 9-year-old to write a three paragraph paper on Pocahontas. The incentive to write was the doll craft at completion of the writing assignment.

For the clothing, we used random scraps of fabric that I had on hand--including leftover burlap from our Jamestown fort. These are small oatmeal containers with 5-inch balls for heads--purchased with coupons at Michael's. We folded up the story and put it inside the oatmeal container. We'll leave them out on display through the Thanksgiving season--they'll fit right in with all the upcoming Pilgrim crafts we have planned.

If you missed our Jamestown display you can check it out HERE.


stacy sews and schools said...

That is a really great idea!! They are so cute and creative!
We will be doing early settlers soon! I will have to check this out again!
Pinning! :D

Sennie said...

Oh my goodness how cute!! Have a great year of homeschooling!

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