Learning from the school of LIFE
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:
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.