Saturday, January 16, 2010

Little House: Big Woods, Word Studies

We'll be going through several mini word studies as we work through these books, using the short lists within the Primer itself, as well as any words that the youngers might have trouble understanding or remembering.  We have the 1828 Webster's Dictionary here and use it as our main schooling resource and between that, and our Concordance, we'll have our word studies covered I'm sure.

Here is an online version of Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary for you to use.

Also, there are several online Concordances you can use if you don't have one available at home.  We have an older Strong's on our book shelves, as well as using the e-Sword program on our computers.  There are several wonderful resources for free download at e-Sword, including a great many Bible versions.
Blue Letter Bible
Bible Gateway
Online Bible Net

We plan to out together some spelling and general vocab lists as we go along, using the books themselves, as well as the added studies (such as grizzlies, firearm safety, Louis Pasteur, etc.) and we'll be utilizing our Bibles quite a bit, working on the various character traits of Laura and her family, as well as for the suggested Bible memory -- in this particular book, the Primer suggests Psalm 91, regarding the all encompassing peace and comfort in The Lord:
A great truth laid down in general, That all those who live a life of communion with God are constantly safe under his protection, and may therefore preserve a holy serenity and security of mind at all times.  Matthew Henry Commentary

Some Vocabulary:
trundle bed, leather,venison, lard, metaphor, ravine, gaiters, toxins, meditate, homograph, hearth, callouses, galluses, cholesterol,

Character Issues:  
manners in general, interrupting others (Philippians 2:3-5, Proverbs 18:13),
God's authority umbrella (Ephesians 6:1-3, Proverbs 6-20:21, Proverbs 15:5)
jealousy (Proverbs 14:30, 27:4, 1 Corinthians12:26)
mercy (James 2:13)
fear (Psalm 64:1, 53:5, 73:19, 8:13 Luke 21:26, Ezra 4:4, Proverbs 9-10-11, 16:6, 10:27, 14:27 )
foolishness/fools (Proverbs 22:15, 18:6-7, 26:4, 20:3, 17:21, 17:25, 19:13)
comparing ourselves with others (2 Corinthians 10:12, Isaiah 45:9, Romans 8:19-20, Ephesians 4:29, Job 40, Matthew 19:19)
man's greatness compared to God's (Isaiah 40:6-31)
punishment (Proverbs 22:15, 13:24, 29:15, Hebrews 12:5-11, Hebrews 12:5-11)
Godly attitudes (1 Peter 3:2, Titus 2:4-5)
known by your deeds Proverbs 20:11
shame (Proverbs 10:5)
company of fools (Proverbs 17:12)

We will discuss the various methods we personally use for food preservation, or putting food by, here:  dehydration, canning, freezing, etc. 
As well as the varied uses surrounding our fresh goat's milk, and comparing it to fresh cow's milk, and store-bought commercial milk (homogenized), cheeses, cream, butter making, and so forth. 
We will also look at the varieties of honey available in our area at the store as well as private sources and compare them to other sweeteners.
A good study on herbs and their many uses, both culinary and more importantly, medicinally.

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