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Now, when I say “Indians” I mean my three youngest sons, not the wonderful Native American people of this country. Just Sayin’.
We are loving learning about our Native Americans! We are exploring all of the various regions of our North American Continent and learning about the people who inhabited that land long before we were here. What fun!
What a fun way to approach history!
After becoming inspired by these amazing people, I packed a snack, grabbed a read aloud book, grabbed the kids and took them on an impromptu field trip (Don’t you just love homeschooling?)
We drove about 10 minutes to our nearby mountain and parked near the trail-head. The kids and I “hiked” about 50 feet on a small dirt trail.
Just as the trail takes it’s first sharp turn we walked over to a very special rock…
That stone to the right is a grinding stone used by our very own Native American Tribe the Kawaiisu People.
I had the kids gather acorns…
The boys set to work grinding acorns into flour. (Acorn flour is toxic and must be treated before consumed. We did not eat the acorns or the flour)
I sat on the rock and read a story that the local people used to tell to explain how “California came to be”. We enjoyed our Math Lesson (The Great Ketchup Cookie Experiment) as we shared the story.
The youngest, “Peanut” declared, “We are the luckiest kids in the world!”
I would have to agree!
I would encourage you to learn about your Native American People. Research their foods, customs, and traditions and choose one to enjoy with your children.