Core Knowledge is focused on The Revolutionary War this month and we have learned a lot about what it might be like if you were a colonist at that time. The kids have enjoyed immersing themselves in stories about the causes and happenings of the war including the Boston tea party, taxation without representation and the ride of Paul Revere. To help the students understand why the colonist were so upset by the King’s unfair taxes we held a day of taxation in first grade. Mrs. Adams and myself were the kings and the class had to pay all the taxes that we imposed. Armed with coin purses full of coins the class was taxed at every turn. They had to pay to do everything and anything. It was fun to see the kids learn how to ration their money and how much they sided with the colonist at the end of the day. Having the idea of taxation brought to life this way make learning so much fun and created a memory that won’t soon be forgotten!