Supplementing the History Curriculum
We know that most colonies were founded initially by people escaping religious persecution. They came for religious freedom. Of course we are also studying the less happy side of the entire affair. Indentured servitude. The hardness of the life at first and the many people who died as a result of disease and/or starvation. Slavery by the plantation owners.
What I'm supplementing are some very interesting facts about the Bible and the controversy surrounding translating it - which I never knew. I read this article just last night in my beloved Weekly Standard. It is called Bible Illiteracy in America by David Galernter. The question is why are kids in America basically illiterate when it comes to the Bible? (Illiteracy in general is a problem too - but this is about Bible illiteracy.) It didn't used to be this way.
Anyhoo - it has great information that I NEVER KNEW! It's fascinating. For instance, apparently translating the Bible into English back in the 14th century, or even the 16th century, could cost you your life. The Lollard movement was founded by a John Wycliffe whose translation was nearly complete when he died. But - his translation was banned and the Lollards suppressed with many being burnt alive with Bibles hanging around their necks. This is great stuff, important - and it was shared with the 8 year old. I also shared this about William Tyndale. He was bound and determined to produce an English Bible, too. The English Church denounced him, he fled and was declared a heretic, was arrested in Brussels and executed.
Henry VIII banned Tyndale's Bible. However it seems that Tyndale's version contributed the most to the King James Bible - with the Geneva Bible also contributing heavily. Back to and on to Elizabeth who tolerated the Puritans. Elizabeth died and the Stuarts came to power. The Puritans were screwed. The Puritans liked the Geneva Bible but it had marginal notes that were anti-monarchy and pro-republic. Bad. Bad for the king anyway.
That is where the supplemental lesson ended for the 8 year old. Someone knocked up on the front door and we were spinning off to a new adventure. The Kirby man was here cleaning people's carpets! Wheee! Grizzly Mama was suckered - but I wasn't the only one! Thank God. He proceeded to show me how terribly dirty my house was by sucking up microscopic fibers from my living room area rug. Why, I think he even got a hair sucked out of there from the previous owner --- an Aunt. The hardwood floors look perfectly clean and shiny to me - but no! They're actually filthy according to the crap that accumulated on that little white filter disk. I MUST HAVE it! I must have this beautiful, shiny machine!!
Sixteen hundred and fifty dollars?! I must get my husband's permission. That's my stock answer to any salesman when I want to get them off my back.