Monday, April 28, 2014

Homeschooling My 6 Year Old 1st Grader: George Washington Carver

Quinton just had to write a mini story on George Washington Carver (c. 1864–1943).

 So we stopped to take the time to watch a documentary on him, Carver being born a slave was able to, literally, start from the bottom and become one of the best agricultural scientists of his time, despite the fact that he was black. After reading about him some and watching 2 mini documentaries, Quinton looks at me with the saddest eyes and asked:

"Mom why was there ever slavery?"

So I told him that there were a lot of greedy people who wanted people which they turned into slaves so they wouldn't have to pay them and many slave owners were very cruel and didn't care about the people. Then I explained that there were slave owners that were good, but it is not good to own people as if they were furniture. He continued to ask about slavery so I did my best to answer the questions in a way he would understand.

Next thing I know he is all teared up, and tells me; "Mom people are people no matter their color, God loves everyone. Slavery is evil and I am so glad it is illegal now because it would break my heart to see anyone a slave no matter what their skin color is."

Have I mentioned today how much I love this little boy and his amazing heart? I am one blessed momma!

For everyone here is the link to the site we went to, it has a great written bio on him and video biographies of him: Click the link to visit the page we just used.

This is his short bio Quinton wrote on him (GWC stands for: George Washington Carver)

"G.C.W. found 100s (hundreds) of ways to use peanuts. G.W.C. was a teacher that helped black people study plants like sweet potatoes. G.W.C. helped black people learn to be farmers and how to get the most out of their crops" -Quinton

God Bless!
Jacque Heaton

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