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Pioneers study

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We’re almost finished with our studies for the summer!  My boys are just about done with their science notebook/ lapbook!

Right now we’re reading a couple more books about Pioneer times.  Earlier this spring the kids participated in a neat pioneer program at a local museum.  They were able to see and handle lots of artifacts of the time, such as a hand plow, butter churn, shoulder yoke to carry water buckets, and a few toys.  They made butter (and ate it!) and a button string toy.

Here are the books we read:

A Pioneer Sampler:  The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840 (Greenwood)–I liked this book because they intertwined a story with explanations of butter-making, threshing, peddling, etc. and included hands-on activities. I did edit out some of the bad attitudes of the kids while I read aloud.

The Cabin Faced West (Fritz)

Sarah, Plain and Tall (MacLachlan)

Farmer Boy (Wilder, listened on CD)

Caddie Woodlawn (Ryrie)

The Courage of Sarah Noble (Dalgliesh)

and some picture books based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books.

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