Tennessee: Sequoyah

Hey!  I spelled it right!  I was so sure I was going to spell that wrong.

Every now and then you find a book that just works completely.  It presents the information well, the pictures are interesting, and it’s something you didn’t know before.

This was one of those books.

I’ve heard of Sequoyah trees, and now I know I’m spelling something wrong because his name is spelled differently than the trees.  I knew the name of the person, but not much beyond that.

I learned Sequoyah created the Cherokee alphabet and persevered through people burning his house down to stop him and other hardships.  Isn’t that cool.

I’ll be back.  I promised to teach the kids how to use the “hot glue gun.”  Can it really be called that if it’s a low temp one?

I’m back.  The kids are now happily gluing away.  I foresee another trip to buy lots of wooden supplies.
This is what really intrigued me about this book.  It includes the story written in Cherokee.

After reading it I challenged the kids to create their own version of the alphabet.

Which they happily set to.

My boys created various blobs.  Older friend made a rather ingenious alphabet based off of musical symbols and other symbols he knew.

Princess just recopied the alphabet.  She was not getting it.  Younger friend again happily scribbled.
Tennessee Sequoyah

Okay, so they’re not going to invent alphabets, but they did learn about a cool man who stood up for what he believed in.

Linking this up over at All Things Beautiful.


8 responses to “Tennessee: Sequoyah”

  1. Whew! You are brave about the hot glue gun even though it is low temp. James would be gluing everything he could get his hands on. I remember learning about Sequoyah when my three big kids were smaller. We went over his alphabet, but I didn't think of them making their own. When James gets a little older I hope I can remember it.

  2. An Almost Unschooling Mom Avatar
    An Almost Unschooling Mom

    I might get that book just to see the written Cherokee. There are highway signs not far from here in English and the Salish language – it's very neat to see the Indian languages being preserved. Love the alphabet activity – but cringing a little over the thought of a glue gun in little hands 🙂

  3. MaryAnne Avatar

    That is so cool that he created the Cherokee alphabet! I hadn't heard of Sequoyah, but I did know about sequoia trees =)

    Thanks for teaching me something new!

  4. Very interesting – I didn't even know that Indians had written language. Love the idea in creating your own alphabet, but I think it's out there by a couple of years at least.

  5. I am with Leah, I would like to check this book out just to see the Cherokee writing. Boy you are brave to give your kids a hot glue gun, even a cool one.

  6. One of my aims for this year is to learn something new every day. Thanks for teaching me this new information today.

    Creating your own alphabet sounds like fun. When we were exploring Aboriginal art and symbols we made up some symbols for different items in our everyday lives.

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