There's nothing like a little mindful art to start our Monday! We used watercolor and pastels to draw anything on our minds while listening to music.
We took off down the hill to pick up a birthday treat for Alex (Happy Birthday tomorrow!) and the game Settler's of Catan. We weren't planning on playing the game today, but we had instead planned to play a 13 Colonies remake of the game by an amazing social studies teacher named Mr. Roughton. After discussing the game, though, it seemed that we might enjoy and benefit from the remake after acquainting ourselves with Catan. Plus, the game is entirely based around colonizing land and the frustrations (of which there were many!) and the successes that come with limited resources and the building of new settlements. It took us most of the day to play one game, with a few breaks to read and watch video clips about the colonies.
We read about Bacon's Rebellion today, a complex fight in which people of all races and classes fought against the governor of the Virginia colony because they felt they weren't being protected. Once again, we realized the complexity of the situation by taking multiple perspectives into account. In this case, we felt inspired by the fact that white servants, black slaves, and many others united to fight for their liberty. On the other hand, they also fought to drive out the Doeg tribe who had been attacking farmers and frontiersmen as they expanded onto their tribal land. Who has the right to the land? Why couldn't they live peacefully? Was this the first flight from the Colonists? We asked many questions but have only answered a few so far.