From Cell Structure to the Structure of Colonial Economics

The Saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand are exploring God’s intricate design of cells.  We are studying plant cells, animal cells, fungi, amoebas, bacteria, and planarian.  Wow! What an amazing world of microbes has been discovered- both helpful and harmful!  Stay tuned for more from our “world of cells” next week.

The big new is that we went on an amazing field trip this Friday to Colonial Williamsburg.  We are learning about the “Age of Reason” and how exploration led to amazing discoveries.  The entire structure of the Colonial economy and how the trades of the early settlers in America were carried out, had us mesmerized.  We watched blacksmiths at work, forging iron in the fire.  We observed tinsmiths bending and creasing tin to make lanterns and tin cans.  We were intrigued by the silversmith as he explained the difference between silver mixed with copper and pure silver. The cabinet makers had us in awe because they were able to construct beautiful furniture out of very simple tools such as the planer.  The cooper demonstrated barrel- making, and told us that the only difference between the barrel- making of the 1500s and the 1700s was that the coopers (barrel- makers) wore different types of clothing.  Apparently, barrel- making is an art or trade that has remained unchanged throughout history.

Our fifth- grades enjoyed a wonderful tour of the Governor’s Palace and were able to enjoy a casual lunch on the palace green.  It was a beautiful day!

The questions asked by our fifth- graders really displayed the knowledge that they already y possessed about exploration, trades, and the science involved within each trade.  We have included some pictures of our “Adventure in Colonial Williamsburg”!

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The Blacksmith’s Shop
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The Cooper
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The Cabinet Maker
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The Silversmith