Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Milking Cows & Tin Lanterns: A Farmer Boy Unit Study

One of the things Miss M is doing this year is an unit study on the book Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I have my Little House Series from when I was a child and have been waiting for her to get interested in them.  Finally, that day is here.  She is doing the vocabulary and discussion questions from Memoria Press, but we wanted to add a little bit of hands-on also. 

We enlisted the help of The Boy Scout to milk a cow like in chapter two.  Since we don't have real cows, I filled a rubber glove with water and poked a pin in the fingertips and he held it while they practiced milking.  I was surprised how much fun they had with this one.

Tin lanterns were another project we did.  We washed out two cans after I used the contents for dinner. (I used a safety can opener so the edges were not sharp).  We drew designs on them with a sharpie,

and then hammered a nail into the can along the design (while wearing safety goggles). 

When they were done we put a small tea-light candle inside and moved them to a room without any windows to see them glow.

 We ate popcorn and apples for a snack (it was too warm for a fire) like they did in chapter 3.  Miss M tried the experiment of putting a full cup of popcorn into a full cup of milk and was pleased to see that it didn't spill. 

We have only read the first four chapters, but they can't wait to see what happens next.

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