Children are naturally curious little creatures, and when there is fun and interesting information for them to learn about, they will react like sponges, absorbing every bit of what they are being taught. As wonderful and pliable and curious as they are, one also has to realize that children are children, and by their very nature, they tend to have short attention spans. Trying to get them to grasp things or listen for too long may not be the best way to go about teaching them this important information about our country’s forefathers.
There are many fabulous teaching tools that teachers can take advantage of, and these tools can make the learning more interesting and more productive. Let’s look at some great resources.
*Plimoth Plantation –
Teachers can take advantage of many of the resources for teachers at Plimoth Plantation’s website. They have a wealth of interesting books, timelines, maps, links to other resources and a host of online resources. If you live close enough to do a field trip, you can do an overnight event, or participate in a winter workshop.
They also offer field trips, and for people who don’t live close to the plantation, they can even send staff people to schools to meet with school children. There are also traveling workshops that teachers can take advantage of, but the school district has to be willing to pay for this sort of event.
If it is possible to visit the Plantation, children can get to see what colonial life was like by actually visiting some restored sites or replicas that were made to look exactly like the buildings that were there in the 17th century.
*Other Plimoth Experiences –
Kids can go to summer camp at the plantation. A great adventure for a child is a chance to step back into the 17th century. This is a day camp experience that gives them a week long opportunity to experience life as the Wampanoag Indians experienced it. The camp sessions are a week each and the day lasts from 9 AM to 3 PM.
For people who don’t have the luxury of being able to send their kids to camp a la Wampanoag style, consider a family trip to Plimoth Plantation over the Thanksgiving holiday. To do this, you’ll have to make your reservations long in advance. If you can spend some time there, there is lodging where you can stay. Choose from a bed and breakfast, a traditional hotel/motel or a camp ground. They also have vacation rentals, but those require reservations far in advance.
A vacation at Plimoth will afford you the opportunity to tour the Wampanoag home site, step aboard the Mayflower II and see the recreation of the very Mayflower that landed in Plimoth in 1620, or you can visit a 1627 English village, a town that is essentially a recreation of the farming village that the Pilgrims built right there on the Wampanoag homeland.
There are many more activities that one can do on a visit to Plimoth Plantation, but the beauty in a trip like this, or the opportunity to take advantage of all that Plimoth Plantation has to offer is that children are more likely to remember things that they experience in person, and they can then tell their friends about what they’ve seen and learned. A parent or a teacher will get a twinkle in their eyes when they hear the child retell of their experiences, because you know that when information is important enough to share with others, it is important enough to remember.