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Homeschool History Resource: The Mayflower At Cape Code {A Rebecca Locklear Review}

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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

One of the benefits of homeschooling is the ability to study certain topics more in-depth than others. I consider us homeschoolers fortunate to have the freedom to decide where our studies come from and the flexibility to study a topic as thoroughly as we want. One study that I found extremely interesting is The Mayflower at Cape Cod – Stories, activities, and research that connect 1620 with life today, which is a downloadable ebook focusing on Pilgrims and Native Indians of 1620.

This book is only one of a handful of educational curriculum books written by Rebecca Locklear. These unique history books can be used to complement the coinciding homeschool topics that your family is currently studying or can be used as a stand-alone curriculum in itself to dive deeper into a topic that offers fascinating perspectives that I can almost bet you haven’t thought of!

And even though this particular ebook is targeting grades 6-12, my children studied it without confusion at their upper elementary grade levels, with me reading it with them and sometimes reading aloud to them.

About Rebecca Locklear, Author

Because Rebecca Locklear educated her own children for 18 years at home, so she knows how it feels to want to deep dive into interesting topics! What she seems to succeed at is the ability to expand her knowledge on certain topics through her own personal experiences and obvious research. And to then be able to share that information to create topic-based curriculums for children to explore.

She accumulates all this first-hand knowledge and thoroughly learned concepts via personal experiences and interest-led research in which she then pours into her educational products. Not only does she provide a ton of useful information to read, study, and ponder within her books, but she also includes handfuls of activities that suit all learning styles.

And you know she knows her stuff by the way she provides several opportunities for further research on many topics. You’ll find links and summaries of what to research for provided at the end of each lesson. I found this list of research options golden for us because there’s no way I could have created a list like this with such premium information!

Her personal teaching style and informational lessons are unique and sincerely one-of-a-kind. Her lessons are refreshingly compelling for both children and adults, as both of my elementary-aged children and myself remained captivated in every lesson due to her powerful storytelling techniques.

And all of the hands-on activities included within her ebook The Mayflower at Cape Cod aren’t just there for “busy work” or thoughtlessly added in. It’s obvious each activity included has been carefully considered and purposefully placed inside the texts or lessons in order to explore and absorb the new knowledge more completely.

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How We Used The Mayflower at Cape Cod In Our Homeschool

Even though my 8- and 9-year-olds have studied about the Mayflower and the Pilgrims and Indians meeting via The First Encounter, I opted to use and review The Mayflower at Cape Cod for one very special reason: we got to learn about that First Encounter from the perspective of the Native Indians!

There are always two sides to every story and seemingly the First Encounter told through The Mayflower at Cape Cod is no different. And, really, in retrospect, why do we have to obligingly accept the stories we are told about the Mayflower back in 1620 from our own early school days as 100% truth?

As a whole, and as is American tradition, we grow up learning about Thanksgiving and happy fellowship between the Pilgrims and Indians when, really, on the contrary, several Native Indians were killed, robbed, and captured for a life of slavery. This fierce and saddening time in Native Indian history is largely due to the instruction of one Christopher Columbus. Yes, really!

It is because of this interesting new learned knowledge that, according to the text within The Mayflower of Cape Cod, Native Indians are rather insulted by the holiday we’ve set aside to celebrate Christopher Columbus. And I see why. So instead of celebrating Christopher Columbus, Native Indians would rather celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. For good reason, too.

How did we not know the severity of these actions by the Pilgrims of 1620? To me, and to my children now, knowing how the Native Indians were treated (poorly, by the way) during the First Encounter paints a completely different picture for us regarding the birth of our nation. Doesn’t it for you now as well?

These details, which are only just a few of the many interesting informative details you learn in The Mayflower at Cape Cod, are only from Lesson 1. The entire ebook of The Mayflower at Cape Cod is full of amazing new truths such as the ones I just revealed.

Lessons and Activities

Although The Mayflower at Cape Cod only has 7 lessons in total, every lesson is crazy juicy with intriguing material. I am so impressed with the teaching style within this ebook as well as how adequately the author structured the informative lessons in organized, easy-to-understand teachings.

Also, the amount of information given within the texts is more than satisfying to any and all eager minds, and it isn’t just a repetition of the old standard knowledge of every other Mayflower textbook out there.

In The Mayflower at Cape Cod – Stories, activities, and research that connect 1620 with life today, Locklear adds activities, stories, and research opportunities within each lesson to back up what she’s teaching as well as for students to retain the information better.

For example, one of the activities we decided to create was an art collage of Native Indian items on an oak leaf. Oak leaves are one of the indigenous trees of Cape Cod, so my children used items as well as drew items inside of the leaf that represent the Native Indians from Cape Cod.

Mayflower at Cape Cod, Pilgrims, Wampanoag

Creating a project is merely one activity out of several included for each lesson. Students can do one activity per lesson or decide to do every single activity per lesson! Activities include projects, discussion question, large list of various research topics related to each lesson, dramatization skits, poetry recitation, songs to sing, and more! There is an activity for everyone’s preference!

Homeschool History Resource: The Mayflower At Cape Code {A Rebecca Locklear Review}

Throughout our twice-a-week lessons of The Mayflower at Cape Cod, my children genuinely remained interested in the lives of the Native Indians from 1620. This history resource ebook was a hit in our homeschool and I am eager to get my hands on more history ebooks from Rebecca Locklear.

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