• Candice Forte

Review: Rebecca Locklear - The Mayflower at Cape Cod

Updated: Jun 19

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.

We received a free copy of The Mayflower at Cape Cod - Stories, activities, and research that connect 1620 with life today by Rebecca Locklear. Visit her website to sign up for her emails and to learn more. Her Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915: 17 Student Workshops with 120 Activities also looks interesting and you can read about other homeschooler's experiences with it at the Homeschool Review Crew site.

The Mayflower at Cape Cod is a curriculum full of many activities to help with memory retention.

There are 7 lessons in this curriculum pertaining to early American history (Pilgrims and Natives). Within these units are a lot of activities in the areas of art, charts (math), cooking, discussion, drama, games, poetry, research, chants, critical thinking, and problem solving. There are a LOT of group activities. This could function well in a co-op setting.

The objective to many of these lessons is seeing all sides of historical events, not just from the side of those who wrote the history. This could increase critical thinking abilities.

Each lesson starts with a story. In the first lesson, for example, it is the story of the Pilgrims' first encounter with the Natives. At the end there is a summary that causes one to pause and think about the other side of the story and consider it from the Natives perspective. Sources are cited in the back of the book for further research and consideration.

One the story and the counter story/ideas have been addresses, we begin projects. Lesson 1 has several art projects, discussion topics, and research topics.

Lesson 3 tells the story of the Mayflower landing on Cape Cod and the drafting of the Mayflower Compact and why it was drafted. It is followed by discussion activities, a freeze pantomime drama, leaf art, nature survival activity (several survival activities), "needs vs. wants" game, stamp art, and many research topics. Other topics covered are Exploration, Search Expeditions, Native Indians, After the First Encounter, Present Awareness (Cross-Cultural Communication and Travel Tips and Native Issues Today). There are a few appendices in the back with chronology, statistics, a few games/answers, and sources.

I would say a unit can be covered in anywhere from 3 days to a week. Some could even be extended further, particularly in a co-op setting). Some of the activities require extra materials for crafts and such, so an hour or so of planning per lesson be needed. Kinesthetic learners could really learn well with all of the hands-on activities.

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