Week one of the Prairie Primer is complete. My favorite time was spent reading through Little House in the Big Woods. Even my soon-to-be five-year shared out loud while I was reading, "I wish you could read the whole thing right now!" (I did, too.)
But we must read a chapter and discuss and do projects that correspond with topics covered. Here are some topics covered this week:
- manners and jealousy
- parental authority and obedience
- animal classification
- grizzly bears and owls and brindle bulldogs
- metaphors and similes
And here are some projects we had accomplished, too:
Making Homemade Butter
This was most fun!
|Shaking the cream|
|Draining the buttermilk|
I explained that the owl pellet was undigested bone, fur, and feathers from animals eaten whole and then regurgitated by the owl. My oldest called it a giant fur ball. This was most interesting and garnered plenty of excitement from the students. Owl pellets ordered from Acorn Naturalists.
|"I found a bone!"|
|Trying to use the magnifying glass|
|Using the bone chart to match bones found in pellets|
The Corn Cob Doll
Not my favorite, but the kids anticipated doing this and thought it was fun.
|Corn cob doll|
Our attempt at making molasses-on-snow candy was a flop. I even made shaved ice to simulate the snow. Nonetheless, the kids said the results tasted good; it just did not have the right consistency.
A Daniel Boone coonskin cap:
This is not part of the Prairie Primer, however, we just finished reading Where the Red Fern Grows, and suddenly my son wants to be a hunter. Since I do not have period clothing for him to wear during our school year, at least not yet, I made him a coonskin cap with directions that I had found on another blog, Country Mom at Home. Now everyone wants one.
|A Daniel Boone coonskin cap|