For history this year, my son is studying The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times by Susan Wise Bauer.  For volume 1 of this history series, we have some ready-to-go lapbook activities, thanks to the generosity of Alia Macrina Heise.  She is even working on Volume 2 now.  But for Volume 3, I had to come up with some stuff all by my self!  Actually, I also had to just go out and dig a little to tap into some great resources already available.

It just so happened just about the time we got done reading about Jamestown Colony in Virginia, and King James and Pocahontas and John Smith and the Powhatan Indians and all, that I saw on Homeschool in the Woods, a great and timely freebie, a printable paper model of Jamestown Fort.  This was the first time I’d ever seen such a pattern, let alone tried to make one with one of my children as a history project.  But low and behold, my 8 year old son, though a little wary at first and not loving that he had to do some coloring, actually got into this project and asked if he could put it on a shelf in his bedroom when it was done.  Then he wanted to make more models.  So it was the beginning of a very good thing for us.  History will be coming alive through as many 3-d paper models as I can get my hands on.

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