If you believe the story of the pilgrims begins with the Mayflower voyage and ends when they sit down to eat turkey then you've done yourself a great disservice. We know they wanted to come to the new world to be free to worship their own way--what was that way and why did they choose it in the first place? Did you know the Mayflower voyage wasn't the first time they left England? Why did the first time fail? What happened after the Thanksgiving dishes were washed and put away?
The Pilgrim Story consists of 17 lessons organized into 5 units. Believe it or not, the Mayflower voyage isn't even covered until lesson ten--there's that much background material. We begin with Henry VIII and the separation from the Catholic church and formation of the Church of England. Queen Mary and her bloody reign forced many Protestants to flee to Geneva, Switzerland where they produced the Bible translation of the same name--the Bible of the pilgrims. The lessons go on to cover the attempts to leave England and the pilgrims' life in Leiden, Holland. We sat together at the computer two to three times a week to view and discuss the lessons.
I do want to add a word or two for those of you who don't have the latest and greatest computer systems... We still live in dial-up country and every time we watched a lesson at some point the screen would lock up. We couldn't click next, we couldn't click back page. Our only option was to disconnect, close all the open web pages and then reconnect and go back to the lesson. Lessons always restart at the beginning but you can click the content tab and go to the screen you were working on. I contacted Dayspring about our problem and they are aware that the Flash doesn't work well with dial-up. The program is do-able though sometimes inconvenient. There are no plans to make the lessons available on a CD.
Since we were having issues with our home connection we went to my mother's to use her DSL line and discovered another inconvenience (still overcome-able though). Her not-so-new computer has a square monitor rather than the newer wide screen versions. At 100% zoom (normal viewing) we were not able to see, let alone click the next button or the content/resources tabs. If we wanted to see the whole image we had to zoom to 50%, but then the image was only the size of a 4X6 photo. We compromised at 75% and were able to get just enough of the next button to click it.
The Pilgrim Story is targeted to 3 - 6 graders (although I believe that older students wouldn't find the presentations too beneath them and they could do the essay work). A six-month subscription for lesson access is $99. Normally, that would put this course out of our price range, but consider that the 400th anniversary of Plymouth Colony is only 8 years away. Do you want your kids to learn about Plymouth by the revisionist historians that will be trying to downplay the Christian aspect of the colony? Or being taught the liberal agendas of those that currently gather on Thanksgiving in Plymouth to mark a National Day of Mourning?
The course is self-paced and you can access any of the lessons at any time. Other courses currently available are A.P. Statistics and Teaching Literature using the Princicple Approach.
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