Chapter 40 deals with other New World explorations – those ordered and supported by Queen Elizabeth I. Sir Walter Raleigh is featured in the first story, the Lost Colony in the second. As I read to the kids, I teared up at the notion of the first English baby born in the New World – Virginia Dare.
It’s just really touching to know there was a first baby born in the colonies. And what a fitting last name: Dare! What’s even more touching is that we don’t know what happened to her. Don’t you look forward to the day when finally we can solve all these mysteries of times past?
Our printer decided to stop working just as I was getting ready to print out the maps and coloring pages. What an adventure! Will we be able to finish this history curriculum this week?
I decided to go ahead and continue with reading the last two chapters while we wait for our new printer to arrive. It is going to make it confusing for all parties, but I will not complain. We are almost there and we will get it done.
The children were also touched by the story of the first baby. The following day, they brought her up in a conversation. The second day, the same thing. “Mommy, don’t you want to know what happened to Virginia?” asked my daughter. It’s very real to them. They know we learn about real people and places in history and they take it to heart.