Great trip today with the homeschooling group to the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center in Long Island. The class was on the American Indian way of life. There were trails there that were kept intact from 300 years ago. The instructor had a nice fire going the whole time and the kids got to make corn meal cakes that the Indians used to bring with them on long journeys. We discussed and were shown deerskin, arrows, spears, corn husk and turtle shell toys, and some tools found on that land. Each child also got pieces of red clay that when wet and rubbed together make paint. Those are found all over Long Island and I used to play with them as a child. We called them "Indian rocks". Then the kids got to use a bow, a dowel, and pieces of wood to simulate making fire. Without kindling a fire couldn't actually happen, but smoke does! We then went on a hike and were told about certain plants and trees that American Indians made good use of.
W and I also visited the cemetery next door. It's very very old and so happens to be where Theodore Roosevelt was buried. W was creeped out at first, but enjoyed it after a few minutes. The groundskeeper was a nice old man who used to be a history teacher. He told us lots about the area, the cemetery, and his grandkids, lol.