Week 1: Learning about Reconstruction

Last week in history we focused on reconstruction. We mostly accomplished this through several long dinner time conversations. My husband led most of the conversations and even helped them with some diagrams drawn to explain a few concepts they were struggling to understand. This also led to conversations about the industrial revolution and the transcontinental railroad and how all of those things tie in together.


This week they are finishing up our study of reconstruction with this free US Reconstruction Lego project. This is a fun way for them to show what they learned about the destruction and rebuilding in the southern states. Anytime they get a chance to work with Legos makes them happy and I like for them to have a more tangible way for them to show what they learned.

In addition to our conversations, Matthew read a great biography of Thomas Edison that ties into our industrial revolution components. This week coming up we will spend more time on the industrial revolution. We have a tasting of foods from the industrial revolution, we are going to watch some episodes of  The Men Who Built America (we do skip one episode due to language/content so preview them for your family). They are working on researching various companies and foods from the time period for their tasting.  I’m not sure it will be the most balanced meal we have but it should be fun.

We are also hoping to fit in a little field trip to the Birthplace of Pepsi this week. This one should be a simple but fun way to see one of the inventions from this time period.  We would normally try to take in the Wright Brothers Memorial with this section but much of it is currently closed for renovations. Hopefully, we will have a chance to get back there once they re-open.  The plane that is normally on display in the visitor’s center at the memorial is currently on display in the North Carolina Museum of History which is our field trip for March.

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