The kids really wanted to dive into this book and find out what happened to Francis and the crew after reading the previous book, Tucket’s Ride.
After we read several chapters the kids had lots of questions about that time period. We watched some school house rock videos and other education clips ranging on westward expansion, manifest destiny and the gold rush. We also learned a lot about the covered wagons that would be prepared to go out west and the pros and cons of the different animals you could choose to lead the way (ox, horses or mules).
This is my favorite way of learning, inspired from books.