The First Thanksgiving
by Olivia Pederson
We reached the New World on the thirteenth day of the eleventh month in the year 1620. The men were anxious to get us young ones settled. I had sat and watched as my father clambered down the rope ladder to the shallop below. Every day I watched, as he and the men went back and forth. Finally the day came, when he came back and swung me off the ground in a big hug and said, “In the morning we will take the trip to land and settle everyone in a large hut. That way we won’t have to take the trip back and forth to the ship.”
I stepped back and looked into his eyes, realizing that we were really home, really truly home! No more traveling, no more struggle, no more stench! Afterward, I went into the hold to tell Hope. She, in turn told her father.
by Lexi Detweiler
With a new baby in the family, I started thinking about the holidays. When I was a child, the holidays were an exciting time when I knew I’d get to see my relatives all in one place. Now that I’m older, it seems like all I do is try to “fit everyone in,” and with a baby, this holiday season is going to be even busier. I forced myself to sit back and think about how I want my daughter to feel about the holiday season. I want her to be excited about seeing her family, not stressed out about how she was going to give everyone adequate visiting time.
So for this month’s Education Help, we’ve decided to focus on the family. Take the time you have together to learn about where you came from. We hope that filling in this family tree together will inspire stories about Grandma, Grandpa, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. See how deep into your roots you can get. Who knows, maybe as far back as the Mayflower.
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Kaitlynn Smith is a 9th grader living in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She is a member of the Photography Club. At VPSA’s End-of-Year Gathering (EOYG) last year, this photo won first place in the photography competition.
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Q. My student is in 10th grade but has never taken Omnibus. At what level should he start?
A. If your child hasn't had any experience using the Omnibus program, it's best to start at Omnibus I, II, or III. The levels of Omnibus (I, II and III) are not levels of difficulty, but rather three different time periods (ancient, medieval, modern). Some students even begin with level III instead of I. So, you can easily have students in various age levels doing the same year of Omnibus. Omnibus I is not necessarily a 7th grade course. It is a very challenging study of ancient books and can be done with students 7th-12th grades. Of course, starting in 10th grade with IV, V, or VI would be just fine, too. Those higher levels repeat the ancient, medieval, and modern time periods.
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