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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Little House in the Big Woods Week 1


This summer we are going to work our way through Little House in the Big Woods and Farmer Boy. Bo is the only one old enough to do all of the activities and understand the story. The rest are just tagging along. Also we have 2 new kids. Khloe is 4 and Dawson is 3.

Monday we built a log cabin, shed, and barn out of Lincoln Logs. Bo wouldn't allow anything else because it didn't go with the story. The girls also played with rag dolls.

Bo, Amelia and I made shirts. (Left to Right: Bo's, Morgan's, Amelia's).

While the three littles slept, Bo and I went out and shot the BB gun. We decided it would be difficult to hunt for your food. We also discussed gun safety and wolves.

Here are is Bo's box. This year we are going for simplicity and they aren't a main focus.

This is Amelia and Khloe's. (Dawson puts the pieces in his mouth, so he has been kicked out of the boxes.)

Since we didn't have a pig bladder, we blew up a balloon and played with that on Tuesday while the littles slept.

We also had an ice cream break.

We talked about leather and watched a video on tanning hides. Then we made this teepee from leather. We talked about animal tracks as well.

Wednesday was Amelia's last day of school. Daddy watched the other three and sent us out for a special last-day-of-school lunch.

We did boxes and bags.

It finally got warm and sunny, so we played outside!

Then we came in and made butter. The kids had to shake it up for me. When it became butter, we had a special treat of bread, butter, and sugar. Bo told me that he was glad he didn't have to always make the butter like Laura.

Our chapter talked about Jack Frost paintings. Laura and Mary would use a thimble to draw on the windows after a frost. It's May and there's no frost to be seen. We used thimbles and paint instead.

Thursday started out with a field trip. We went to the pet store to see a brindle bulldog like Jack. We pet a husky (Bo's pick).

Once again it was warm! We washed clothes on a washboard and line dried them. "Thank heavens for washers!" Bo cracks me up!
Boxes and bags were enjoyed by all.

We played outside as well.

We came in and colored paper dolls. Yellow- Khloe, Orange- Bo, Scribble girl- Amelia, Scribble boy- Dawson.

Bo has a notebook that we are making, a page a week. He made a minibook about wolves. He drew a bear. I wrote in some gun safety rules and stapled in a piece of leather. I added in a sheet on animal tracks. His paper doll and Jack Frost painting will also be added to the folder.

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