Home School Years

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Life In Colonial Times

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Recommended Books:

  • If You Lived In Williamsburg In Colonial Days by Barbara Brenner
  • Pilgrims: A Nonfiction Companion to Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide To Life In The New World by Laurie Carlson
  • Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak by Kay Winters
  • Our Colonial Year by Cheryl Harness
  • The New Americans: Colonial Times 1620-1689 by Betsy Maestro
  • Liberty or Death: The American Revolution by Betsy Maestro
  • Ellis The Elephant series by Callista Gingrich
  • Joining The Boston Tea Party (The Time-Traveling Twins series) by Diane Stanley
  • You Wouldn’t Want To Be An American Colonist!: A Settlement You’d Rather Not Start by Jacqueline Morley
  • You Wouldn’t Want To Be At The Boston Tea Party!: Wharf Water Tea You’d Rather Not Drink by Peter Cook


Life in colonial times was quite different to what life is like today for most people. There are many aspects you can use as lesson topics. Here are three ways you can approach this theme:

Colonial Families: Household families in colonial times were made up of immediate family members as well as slave workers. You can discuss the different roles within a typical colonial family, such as father, housewife/mother, children, cook, servant, domesticated slave to help around the house with chores, teacher, and worker/slave for the fields/land. How was life similar/different for each?

Everyday Life: Discuss everyday life in terms of the basic needs and how they met those needs:

  • House/Home (what it was like and materials built from)
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • School
  • Transportation
  • Chores & Entertainment
  • Currency/Economy and Occupations
  • Social Life
  • Religious Beliefs/Church Life
  • Medicine and Diseases

Similarities: Discuss ways in which life today is similar to life during colonial times. For instance, farming is still a way of life for some people today. Manual labor is still common practice and the purpose or reasons for farming are similar to those back then. Another example would be schooling. Many kids in colonial times were taught at home and home schooling is something still done today by some families.



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This entry was posted on November 10, 2012 by in Geography, History, Social Studies and tagged , , , .
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