The High King Lives

The 1600’s Week 1: The Flying Dutchman & Sumo Wrestling April 14, 2014

In this post: We take a look at the late 1500’s & early 1600’s. From the Dutch Revolt to King James all the way to the beginning of Sumo wrestling in Japan. Come join us :).

Hello dear ones! How are you? Several weeks ago we began Book 3 of Story of the World. This is how we learned:

  • We read about the Spanish conquistadors looking for gold in South America and the poor slaves.  We also read about the Dutch revolt between William the Silent and the protestants verses King Philip II.  So Michael drew a Dutch windmill out of his draw through History book.
  • We read about Mary Queen of Scots, the Catholic Queen who lost her throne but her son King James, a protestant is the one who organized the bringing together of the King James Version of the Bible.  He did not write it as some have accused. I have a link with details below but many different Christians came together in unity to bring about the KJV, 54 scholars, Puritans and Anglicans. People that usually disagreed came together in prayer and wisdom to make a translation that the common people could understand and interpret on their own, with no foot notes to sway them.  To celebrate this beautiful thing, we had fig newton Bibles with icing on them. We also watched a brilliant documentary on the KJV. The actor who plays Gimle from Lord of the Rings actually narrated.

How the KJV was brought together

Neat Biblical facts from the Amazing timeline we use:

  • We read about Henry Hudson and Samuel Champlain. Hudson discovered the Hudson Bay in Canada & Champlain discovered Quebec, for the Europeans.  The Native Americans were already there of course.  Since we’ve been learning about the Dutch and different explorers, I told Michael the legend of the Flying Dutchman. The story goes that a Dutch captain was trying to get around the Cape of Good Hope when he swore to God that he’d be eternally damned if he didn’t sail around it. So the story goes that the Captain and his crew perished because he tested God and now they appear as a ghost ship. Since this story came about many sailors have claimed to see a ghost ship. Modern science has shown that the appearance of a ghost ship is in fact an optical illusion called looming or a mirage. Look it up. It’s pretty nifty. We watched The Pirates of the Caribean movie that has Davy Jones as the captain of the Flying Dutchman. I don’t recommend it for all kids. Some parts are scary for littles. But it’s an interesting take on the legend. We did a great chalk and silhouette art project that I found on a blog I follow. It’ll be in the links below. Our Flying Dutchman silhouette looks more dream-like than menacing. It makes me think of Neverland.
  • As we get into the 17th and 18th centuries, we are learning about important musicians, poets, and inventors. This week we learned about Blaise Pascal who invented the mechanical calculator, the pascaline. He also had some real neat sayings and poetry. And we listened to the music of Pachelbel. So Michael made a foam calculator and he listened to Canon in D.
  • Nana came over and we took a trip to the park. She also let me dress her up to do “Sumo wrestling”. My Mom really is a trooper. I was not up to Sumo and she really helped out. We read about the Shogun Ieyasu of Japan and how he got the Samurais to lay down their swords and practice Sumo instead. They began to study the arts and learn the ways of peace. This way Ieyasu (who established Tokyo a.k.a Edo as the capitol) could make sure the Samurai never raised swords against him. So Chris helped Michael with a Sumo paper craft.  Nana had a Sumo pillow wrestling match with Michael. They stuffed pillows in their shirts and tried to push each other out of the tape boundaries. Oh my, they had fun and it was even more fun to watch! I got it on video but I’m not going to put it on here. Sorry.

Links after the picture :).


Pinterest links:

Famous Explorers & the Americas

The 1600’s Week 2:

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


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