Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 4 – The Makings of America (Rising 3rd/4th)
Another amazing day in Colonial America, but by the end of the day we have officially declared our independence and now call ourselves United States!
In the morning, we look more closely at the life of George Washington through personal letters, a portrait study, and writings that he found valuable. We observed his ability to “know self”, seek out roles and affiliations, and work to develop a positive identity for himself (and our young country as a result). We compared the life events and aspirations of Alexander Hamilton with these same processes as well. What ways are we as students developing our own positive identities? How well can we evaluate our personal skills sets, interests, abilities and aptitude? In what ways are we seeking roles and affiliations to take us further in our personal development? If Washington and Hamilton had not worked together in ways that complimented each other’s skills and style, what would possibly have been the outcome of the Battle of Trenton? …of the Revolutionary War?
In the afternoon, we returned to our time line in hopes of understanding more causes for the Declaration of Independence. We researched the Olive Branch Petition and Thomas Paine’s, Common Sense, and finally we began a very reverent group reading of the Declaration of Independence. What an opportunity to savor in words so steeped in decades of diplomacy and debate, blood and bravery, as well as courage and conviction. Because of their studies this week, your students know and understand the themes of this moment in time.
We still have so many questions! Tomorrow, please come to Open House and observe your child as they continue to discover new truths and understandings about the heritage of this great nation. We look forward to seeing you at 3:15.
Wishing you a Happy Independence Day!
Some of Today’s Activities