Saturday, March 31, 2012

LHOP: Little Town, week 1

Monday: chapters 1-3
Tuesday: chapters 4-5
Wednesday: chapters 6-7
Thursday: chapter 8
Friday: review and finish

Topics to cover and read about:
Begin Memorizing Romans 12 to complete by end of book
We Love the Prairie Primer week 1 Notes and Links
George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
The Louisiana Purchase
Sheep sorrels herb
Learn about the care of chickens
Apply Acts 20:35 and Galatians 6:7-10 to chapter 4 reading

What did Laura think about having a job in town?
With what and how was the baby calf fed? Why didn't they allow the calf to nurse?
Why did Laura not play in the freshly plowed ground?
On a sunny day what did grace discover?
What was the Ingalls' problem? How could a cat help?
What character qualities did Pa show?
Was Springtime a time for visiting? Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
What are 3 reasons the Bible gives for suffering in II Corinthians 1:3-11?
What is a cockerel? What is a pullet?
What did they put on their salads as dressing?
Narrate the amazing surprise story
What was Laura's first day of work like?
How had her life at home prepared her for this job?
What did Laura do with her money?
Because of homesteading, where did the wives, boys and girls live during the summer?
What did the husbands do, and why? (pg 49-50)
How did they keep bugs from their homes?
What was Carrie's job? What was Grace's job?
Write/Narratee a report on the proper care and management of a chicken flock
Draw a poster showing the health and safety shown in Proverbs 23:29-35
Draw a picture of your own chicken coop design and label
Learn about the Louisiana Purchase
What were the Ingalls' awakened by?
How far did they walk into town? How far is town from your home?
What important US document did both Laura and Carrie know by heart?
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
Who won the buggy race?
What handicap did the horses have to overcome?
Apply Proverbs 12:10 to Almanzo's character

Science Class: The Human Body, Cells, DNA and Genes

We are workiing through some science lessons, loosely using the outline of Otters Science from Guest Hollow.  We are also using their outline for American History 2...but that's another post :-)

The human body...Cells:
The Centre of the Cell
Cells Alive
Cells, the Building Bricks of Life

Bill Nye the Science Guy, Cells
The Magic School Bus
The Human Body...DNA and Genes  As with any study of DNA and genetics, you will find many articles and pos regarding topics such as cloning and stem cell research. We cannot avoid these articles if we are to learn about these head topics, however, I am not teaching those sub-topics to my children. Use caution as to how you approach some links and sites when Googling topics of this nature.

Friday, March 23, 2012

LHOP: Little Town on The Prairie, intro

Yes, I know.  I left everyone hanging with The Long Winter. We trekked off the course I had planned and totally disappeared from Little House on The Prairie reading. Somehow a sudden and deep interest in Medieval Times, King Arthur, Knights, and more entered in and we went with the flow.

I suppose I need to have some sort of heads-up, a disclaimer notice of some kind, alerting friends who visit and maybe don't know us that we are a wide and varied eclectic sort here.

I love structure. I believe structured days, expectations of routine and so on, really hold our schooling (and homesteading) together here. I do. I know for some of you that is near impossible to believe given my seeming flighty nature and all, but really, structure and routine is a big thing around here.

But I also know that when the interest level hits a peak, we need to run with it. A quick movie on Arthur and bingo...Laura and her family were left to fend for themselves on the Prairie and we ran off to search out castle and slay dragons. And we had a blast. But, Laura deserves our attention again, and as we have an interest in the Civil War getting started around here as well, what perfect time to collect Laura and visit Little Town on The Prairie.

Events and projects for Little Town include a family Spelling Bee, a History Bee and more.  The Primer suggests a Presidential Timeline, and study of key facts from the writing of the Constitution thru to 1882...covering our interest of the Civil War and the trails we will be taking here. a Presidential Study to work along with runs from George Washington to Chester Arthur taking over as President for James Garfield. There is a great 50 page Presidents of The United States to download found here.  For your own narration and memory work, take the chosen Presidents above and write out their dates of office, facts or famous quotes and accomplishments. any special notes you can find about them. Study 2-3 each week and try to memorize your card of facts for each.

Biographies we will read throughout the Little Town work will include many Civil War titles and biographies. We are using book lists from a few sources, as well as some unit study and lapbook components. Here are some of the resources I have gathered from online friends and blogs we will browse through as we go along:
Our Homeschooling Expedition blog has a great Civil War unit study with booklist
USA People Search has some great links for all sorts of Civil War information
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Guest Hollow American History 2
Civil has some good lesson plans for our unit
Small Planet's Civil War unit
The American Civil War Homepage's Underground Railroad pages
Scholastic Teacher Comparing North and South in the Civil War World
Abraham Lincoln Facts
History Place The Civil War
Pathways to Freedom, Symbols of the Underground Railroad
Timeline of the Civil War

The key memory selection for Little Town is Romans 12. And as always, our Primer and the great links at We Love The Prairie Primer blog are being utilized.