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Super Busy Start To The Summer

Oh my goodness, the past few weeks have been so super busy… but then again it seems that we are always so super busy anymore which is something I definitely want to work on because this Momma is exhausted! Anyway, hopefully, we will see the rewards of some of the projects we’ve been on and will be able to share them here soon.

The past couple of weeks we have been doing some major cleaning and organizing around here. I started in the storage shed where I bought a couple of big shelves from Sam’s Club when they had a special going on for Memorial Day.

 

The kids wanted to make bunk beds out of the shelves and I’ve seen some Pinterest ideas where they have used them as such but I needed them for organization. They did go together fairly easily which was a good thing. I put both shelves together one morning and then worked on the shed for a couple of days. Here is a rather embarrassing picture of the shed before:

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As you can see, it was nearly impossible to find anything without moving a ton of junk beforehand.

And after:

I can find my square dance outfits easily and the kids love having space where they can play with some of the neat homeschool resources they haven’t seen before. I do need to sort through a lot of stuff and donate a bit but I am so happy that I finally have all of my homeschool stuff in one place! Really, you just don’t know how happy that makes this Momma!

We also decided to tackle the porch and the results have been great even though there is still a way to go before we can start enjoying the porch like we’d like to.

Here’s a before and an after photo:

I’ve never been able to walk off of that side of the porch before and I can actually set up my Gazelle and exercise out there… I haven’t yet but I could. We can actually find our fishing poles too now when the urge to fish hits us. The kids have had great fun running in circles through one gate and out the other… Oh, what I wouldn’t do for just a wee bit of that energy!

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We also cleaned up the yard quite a bit and gathered up limbs, trimmed trees, and I finally got my little flower garden looking halfway decent, it still needs some mulch of some sort. We have also marked quite a few trees that need to be taken down because of various reasons. This will probably happen sometime during the next week or so.

That reminds me that we are still working on eating healthier and I am constantly learning new tricks and tips on this journey and I have been reading through my Trim Healthy Mama books over and over for more information. I can honestly say that I am feeling so much better than before and even though the scale isn’t showing a lot of progress you can definitely see and feel a difference.

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We’ve definitely found some winning recipes and then we’ve also found some ‘not my favorite’ ones too while also coming up with a few of our own. I’m also working on tweaking our old favorites to make them a bit more trimmified… is that even a word? You can check out our menu for this week HERE.

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In addition to the healthy food habits we’ve been working on I also decided to get a Berkey. You can read more about that HERE if you haven’t already. We are really enjoying the fresh clean water and it tastes SO GOOD! I also feel good knowing that we have a good way to purify water in the case of an emergency.

Click here to learn about why the Berkey Water Filters are so good!

It has also helped the littler kiddos be a bit more independent as they can reach and operate the Berkey without help. Instead of whining and complaining that no one has filled up their water bottles they can take care of it themselves… unexpected wins are GREAT!

The kids have also been learning about Emergency Preparedness in their On The Banks Of Plum Creek Adventure. They were surprised to see that the Herb Fairies Book they are currently ready actually mentions the book, On The Banks Of Plum Creek, that we are reading also.

Yes, I know most kids are out of school for the summer but we’ve decided just to go year round as we often need to take little breaks here and there for different things that come up. It also seems that if we break for more than a week or two at a time it takes FOREVER to get some of the kiddos back into the school routine so this is what works for us right now.

On top of all this, we are still square dancing at least two times a week and trying to keep up with two businesses. I have a wedding to officiate later this month and I need to work on some things for that as well as decide exactly what I plan to wear… I might need to buy something to wear but don’t tell Mr. Awesome… Shhhh! I’ve also been working on getting the kids caught up with dentist appointments and just made appointments for everyone to get their yearly physicals… Oh, what fun that will be! I’ve really been enjoying the ease of the Walmart Grocery Pickup service as I can go to the dentist and pick up my groceries on the way home… multitasking at it’s finest.

I’m sure there are a ton of things that I’ve forgotten to mention but maybe I’ll remember them and include them in on the next one. I hope you all are enjoying your summer and have a lot of fun plans! I’ve got to get off of here as I still have a ton of things to do today like give the dog a bath and make dinner among other things.

Talk to you soon!


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Meet Our New Berkey!

Oh my gosh! I was so excited last night when we got home from the dance. I had a couple of big boxes sitting on my recently cleaned off porch… another story for another day as we’ve been doing a lot of changes around here and may have even more to come.

Ya’ll know that we’ve really been trying to make some healthier choices around here and one of those is to drink more water. Now we did drink our fair share but I know that I need to increase my water intake a bit because water is so vital to being healthy and I want to set a good example for my kiddos. I just had a harder time with it for a couple of reason.

Our water is hard water and even with the water system, it has had a kind of smell and taste. Well, to me it does. There are a few people who don’t seem to notice it at all but I grew up on spring water from the mountains and this water is not spring water! On top of the smell and taste, it has had a bit of an orangey color to it… GROSS! TRIPLE GROSS!

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Badgers, Butterflies, and Sourdough Bread

It seems that every week is a crazy week around here lately and I know that part of that is probably my fault for trying to squeeze so much into my days. It’s definitely a juggling act around here with the kids, homeschooling, square dancing, blogging and the list of things that need to be done to keep up house and I then I add in things like trying to revamp some of our favorite recipes to make them healthier, working a couple of part-time jobs from home to earn a little extra income and trying to start up my own notary business. Yeah, no wonders things are so crazy right? Not to mention I’ve signed up for a multitude of online classes like the Positive Parenting Solutions which has really helped out when I remember to use the tips and tools I’ve been learning about.

Sigh… parenting is hard. When you add the special challenges of raising two special needs children (ODD, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome and a few others) to the mix it can be even harder on some days. It may be because I am making some progress with our class that I am seeing a little bit more rebellion or ‘testing of the waters’ but whatever the reason it has been quite the challenge here lately. It is enough on some days to make a Momma wanna through up her hands in defeat but I know that God is here and He is going to help us all get through this.

The kids have had a blast with this week with our newest Academic Adventure using the Little House on the Prairie book series. We’ve learned about dugout homes, even a whole town that lives underground in Australia, and some other interesting facts about the strange animal that Laura encountered on one of her adventures.

They’ve also learned some important lessons about obeying rules and right now I have a couple of little girls who have lost some privileges and are under constant supervision similar to what Laura experienced at the beginning of our On the Banks of Plum Creek Week 1 Lesson Plans.

The boys also enjoyed learning with Ziggy as they started their All About Reading Level Pre-reading lessons. They also enjoyed reading  The Very Hungry Caterpillar which I thought was a good book to go along with our lessons this week.

 

Another book they are really enjoying is Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature which are reading through as part of our science lessons. It is full of facts and illustrations that they love. The jacket also unfolds to make a huge poster for them to look at. The next best part of their science lessons was looking at bugs with their Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Bugnoculars(pictured above)

We haven’t finished all of this week’s lessons as this week has been a bit busy and it was hard for some people to get back on the school routine. We still have a few like skills lessons which include our new Herb Fairies books and some dog training lessons from Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days. These might not be things you’d normally expect to find in your school lessons but the kids asked for them so I have included them to keep them interested in learning. Plus we can all benefit from these lessons and I find them pretty enjoying myself.

The best part of our homeschool experience this week is at the bottom of the post so you can keep reading or scroll through to find out what it was.

Getting back the week we’ve had, we had an amazing day at the zoo last weekend followed by a birthday party at my sister’s house. The kids had a lot of fun and a bit too much sugar that day. We had to deal with the after effects for a few days afterward. No fun!

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On Monday we had our usual square dance and then back home. Tuesday I decided to make a grocery run with my favorite Walmart Grocery Pickup service. Mr. Awesome had announced that he was starting a new diet after I had already made up my grocery list so that meant we needed to run into the store for a couple of last minute items. I already had the menu planned out as well so I just decided to tweak a few of the recipes to make them a little more diet-friendly and healthier for everyone. Be on the lookout for some upcoming recipes that we have been trying out.

I remembered that I had bought a couple of Trim Healthy Mama books (Trim Healthy Mama Plan and Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook) before so I dug them out and started skimming over them a bit. I also bought the last book, Trim Healthy Mama’s Trim Healthy Table, as I kept finding references to some recipes that weren’t available in the original book. There are several recipes that I want to try and I have been adding some things like collagen, acv, psyllium husk flakes, sunflower lecithin, nutritional yeast to some of my recipes for a little extra health benefit.

I know we can’t undo all these years of unhealthy eating in a day but we can make one change at a time to become a little healthier every day. I also know that my kids will be learning how to eat healthier and hopefully, they will pass some of these habits down to their kids. I’ve added some healthier options to our breakfast menus like omelets with mushrooms and a side of sauteed spinach. While Mr. Awesome passed on the spinach at breakfast I did manage to sneak in some greens and A TON of veggies at dinner time. That’s not potatoes on that plate but you wouldn’t know it if I hadn’t told you.

I’ve also done a lot of food prep so that we would have some healthier choices when we needed a quick meal or snack. We made a few boiled eggs and our own bagged salads for the week. I made one bag special for Mr. Awesome as he said he wasn’t ‘Popeye’  and he didn’t want spinach in his salad.

We cut all the lettuces, a mixture of iceberg and romaine, into bite-size pieces. Then we washed everything and spun it dry in the salad spinner. (You want to make sure it is as dry as possible before bagging it.) We layered a couple of big baggies with a paper towel and carefully placed our lettuce and spinach inside. Then we squeezed out all the air and sealed them. They have been in the fridge all week and still look pretty. (You will also want to change out the paper towel frequently.) The kids really enjoyed practicing some of the kitchen skills they’ve learned and it seems to make them more interested in trying out new things when they are involved in the process.

I also decided to try my hand at making some sourdough bread again. My first starter died when I neglected it a few months ago when I was sick. I wasn’t really feeling like attempting my own so I ordered some San Francisco Sourdough Starter from Amazon. It was quite easy to get the activation started by using the instructions provided. We’ve named our starter ‘Fran’ and she seems to be doing well. We’ve got some dough rising right now so maybe we’ll have a bit of sourdough bread to go with dinner tonight.

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The kids are really excited about our new ‘sourdough baby’ and they keep checking up on her to make sure she isn’t hungry … lol. They even wanted to try out a new recipe for muffins using some of the leftover sponge we had from the bread dough. Here’s a couple of pictures of the batter and the finished product:

This recipe still needs a little bit of tweaking but I did manage to use some whole wheat flour with these muffins and I snuck some greens in there as well! The kids said they liked them but personally, I think they need a little something more before I want to share the recipe.

I was also excited to get my Grove order this week as I ordered several items I’ve never tried before. I did get the room spray for FREE and I love that it comes in a reusable glass bottle. You can even order the concentrated sprays to refill it. 

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The body wash smells amazing and the brushes have helped out a lot with some of the cleaning we’ve been doing around the house. I bought the washing machine cleaner to help get rid of the mildew on the refrigerator seals … yuck. It has helped somewhat but it may need to be used several times to get rid of it completely. I may cave and get some bleach to get rid of it because I just really hate seeing it.

And now for the best part of our week! We had gotten the Insect Lore Deluxe Butterfly Garden with 2 Live Cups of Caterpillars & Feeding Kit at Easter and the kids have really enjoyed watching their little caterpillars grow up. I don’t know if you can see in the first picture but they were small enough to fit on my pinky nail but boy did they grow quickly.

The kids have been excited to observe the whole process but they were also very excited to let them go. This was easier said than done as a couple of them didn’t want to leave their little home. A couple of them have been spotted hanging out near the pond so we still get to see them just not as often as we did before. The kids are begging to this again.

Well, I guess I better finish up here as the boys are begging me to ‘let the dough out of the bowl’ so they can work with it. They already have some plans for bread and jelly when it gets finished!

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We just want to wish everyone a very Happy Mother’s Day and we hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Remember that sometimes motherhood, or even parenthood, is not the way we had it pictured that it would be and we can get overwhelmed and stressed but it is so much more rewarding than we could ever hope that it would have been!

Here’s a picture of our finished bread:

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On The Banks Of Plum Creek Adventure Weekly Guide Links

Click Here for On The Banks Of Plum Creek Adventure Weekly Lesson Plan Links Only.

How we use these lesson plans:

Our school week is usually completed in 4 days. We use a Loop Schedule where we work for a designated amount of time on each subject before moving on to the next. After their work is completed for the day the kids are allowed to have independent studies were they can study whatever their little hearts desired.

Our 5th day is an optional day that we use to complete unfinished work or for other activities as we choose.


Please click HERE for a list of resources that we have purchased from Amazon and other suppliers.

Click on the links below for the series you would like to view/use. I will update these links as we get them finished.

Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or topic simply push the ‘ctrl’ and the ‘F’ button down together and a small bar will pop up. Type in the week number or chapter number you want and it will take you to it.


1. On the Banks of Plum Creek Week 1 Lesson Plans

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On The Banks Of Plum Creek Adventure Resource List

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We read Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography , Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie before starting this study.

NOTE: My kiddos were 5, 6, 9, 11, and 15 at the time we created study unit. Some ideas may need to be changed/adjusted for older kids.

Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or topic simply push the ‘ctrl’ and the ‘F’ button down together and a small bar will pop up. Type in the week number or chapter number you want and it will take you to it.


Introduction:

We have been using the Little House on the Prairie Books for our homeschool this year and my kids are loving it. I have scoured the internet for resources to make our learning experience as fun and exciting as possible. This series of posts is a compilation of different resources we have found and used in our home. Please note that some of these may have been FREE at the time I found them and prices and/or availability may have changed. Feel free to leave your own links in the comments section below.

I also want to take a moment to thank all of these wonderful people who put together so many wonderful resources for all of us to use with our children. I know that many hours, blood, sweat, and tears went into these projects but your work is greatly appreciated!


Answer Key found HERE**ANSWER KEY password: momsrock (highlight blank area)


Language Arts:

Reading:

We will be reading the noted selection for the week as well as discussing what we have read. I may come up with other questions as well. Kids are curious and I know we will have many questions which may lead to some research in other areas.

We will also be working on reading through a few books, see Kirby’s Kids Grade by Grade Homeschool Reading List , for each different grade level. The older kids (ages 9 & 11) will have some independent reading while the younger ones (ages 5,6, and my special needs son who is 15 but at a Kindergarten level) will have a mixture of read alouds, read alongs, and independent reading.

You should keep a record of the books read. You can do this in a notebook or using this printable HERE.

You may also like to check out these links for book reports:

Handwriting:

My kids are using the Spencerian Penmanship for handwriting and will practice this every day.

They are also using:

Vocabulary/Spelling:

We will be doing various activities for this area. We will be looking up definitions, matching words, putting the words in alphabetical order, and a variety of other activities.

The vocabulary words could also be used as spelling words, if you choose to do so. We are also using these resources below:

Writing:

There will be a variety of creative writing ideas as well. I have tried to vary them and offer choices to help encourage writing. We will also be doing various writing assignments in some of other areas as well.

Check out PRINTABLE WRITING PAPER- TWENTY FREE TEMPLATES FOR KID’S WRITING for some FREE writing resources!

Other Activities:

These are just some of the other activities that I am incorporating into the lessons with my kiddos as we are all at different learning levels. I put these in here to keep me organized so I don’t ‘forget’ something. In our Group activities I include a lot of reading out loud books that may seem ‘young’ but my older kids missed out on some of these nursery rhymes and such when they were younger due and they really enjoy listening to them as they work. Many of the titles can be found at your local library too!

I will add links to worksheets I find or make as we go through the unit. For a general guideline of skills your child should know by grade level click HERE.

I have pulled a lot of the material from the book for the worksheets listed down below.

Many of the ideas have been pulled from the following resources:

You can also find FREE Lessons with these links:

Other resources used:

The younger kids will also have access to various Read-Along books and puppet books. I will update links to those as we go along.


Math:

Many of the ideas have been pulled from the following resources:

Note about Ray’s Arithmetic Books: These can be a little confusing at first but the Parent/Teacher guide is so useful! I have found that the books are in order as follows:

  • 1st/2nd grades: Ray’s New Primary Arithmetic
  • 3rd/4th grades: Ray’s New Intellectual Math
  • 5th/6th grades: Ray’s Practical Arithmetic
  • 7th/8th grades: Ray’s Higher Arithmetic

I have used a lot of the examples from the book to create the worksheets you will find listed below. **ANSWER KEY password: momsrock (highlight blank area)

You can also find FREE Lessons with these links:


Social Studies:

Many of the ideas have been pulled from the following resources:

You can also find FREE Lessons with these links:


Science:

Many of the ideas have been pulled from the following resources:

You can also find FREE Lessons with these links:


PE/Health & Safety Resources:

Many of the ideas have been pulled from the following resources:

You can also find FREE Lessons ideas with these links:

We often have some ‘Free Play’ outside whenever the weather allows as well.


Life Skills:

This area contains our lesson plans for a few different areas that I have included with our ‘Life Skills’. You will find lessons on cooking, cleaning, and organization as well as bible memory work and character training. All of these will go together to help raise our children into the responsible and caring citizens of tomorrow.

You can find a FREE printable log for keeping track of memory work here:

Many of the ideas have been pulled from the following resources:

Emily Post's Table Manners for Kids

You can also find FREE Lessons with these links:

We will be discussing some of the character qualities that are displayed in the book but if you would like to do a separate character study lesson you can download one HERE.


Music, Arts & Crafts:

These lesson plans include Music, Arts, and Crafts. Choose one or two ideas/day as desired.

Many of the ideas have been pulled from the following resources:

You can also find FREE Lessons with these links:


Remember: These are the lessons and activities that we used while doing this study but you can do anything your heart desires to make this a great adventure for you and your kids!

 

 

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We hope you enjoy this adventure as much as we have!

On the Banks of Plum Creek Week 9 Lesson Plans

Mornings:

We start every morning off with our prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance. Below is a picture of the prayers that we say and a video of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Not the prettiest example but that’s what we’ve been using for the past few years.

Don’t have a flag? Grab one HEREand print it out to put up somewhere… you could even let the kids make a flag to proudly display. Amazon also has some little ones like this one HERE and HERE.

After this we have our calendar time also where we go over such things as the Days of the Week, the months, and some basic math.

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This one came from Lakeshore Learning.

The younger kids will also be watching some of these videos while I work with the older ones:

We may also use some of the songs found HERE.

And we will be trying out some relaxing background music with Google.

We also like to use this song during our ‘Morning Time’ to help the kids learn the 50 States. 


Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or topic simply push the ‘ctrl’ and the ‘F’ button down together and a small bar will pop up. Type in the week number or chapter number you want and it will take you to it.


On weeks where there are several activities listed just choose a couple that interest you the most to work on.


Answer can be found HERE.

Answer Key Password: momsrock


Week 9: Finishing Up

Here is our lesson plan for the week:


Language Arts

Reading:

Finish up any reading. 

Optional: Read Chapter 3 from Laura Ingalls Wilder Country ‘Kansas Prairie Country’.

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:**

Older Kids:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

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Younger Kids:

Writing:

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

  • Write a one-page report about Noah Webster.

Other Activity:

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:

Bonus Activity:


Math

You may find it easier to buy a Math Workbook to work through as you go along with the study.

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

MÖBI Kids-The Numerical Tile Game for Kids in a Whale Pouch with Included Activity Booklet

Older Kids:

Younger Kids:


Geography and History

1. State Study

  • Review the states we learned about and choose a state to research more.
  • Write a report about your favorite state or add some new facts to your previous report.

2. Landforms and Mapping

Maps:

Did you know that there are different types of maps? (continued)

Landforms:

3. Bonus

Extra:


We will also be using this People Long Ago Resource Box from Lakeshore Learning to go with our lessons.

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There are also some other resources available here:


Science

1. Tests

Make sure to print out the results from online quizzes.

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

Earth Science by Rock 'N Learn

  • Learn about hurricanes as we have a lot of them here.

3. Read:

Extra Activities:


Life Skills

We will be discussing some of the character qualities that are displayed in the book but if you would like to do a separate character study lesson you can download one HERE.

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 18: Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
    • Verse 19: Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.
  • Work on saying everything you have memorized.

2. Character

  • Have you ever heard of the Golden Rule?
  • What are some examples of how the Golden Rule was shown in the story?
  • What are some ways that you can use the Golden Rule?

3. Manners

4. Fun Activities

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

  • Work on your next lesson.
  • Help to prepare a meal using your new skills.

Skill Trek

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Free choice reading
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.
  • Continue working with your puppy and giving her plenty of attention!

Now let’s have some fun. Pick a couple of tricks to teach your puppy!

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.
  • Continue working with your puppy and giving her plenty of attention!

Note:

We will also be using:


PE, Health & Safety

1. Nutrition

2. Games/Outdoor Play

  • Play your favorite game for at least 30 minutes.

Music, Arts & Crafts

Crafts:**

The Nine-Patch quilt block is one of the best blocks to start with if you're a beginning quilter. The 9-patch block changes when paired with other blocks.

Art:

Geometry Activity for Kids: 9-square template

Music:

You can check out my Pinterest page Little House on the Prairie Crafts for even more crafts and activities.


**BE SURE TO SAVE A FEW SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK FOR YOUR  PORTFOLIO!  TAKE PICTURES OF BIG PROJECTS!

**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

On the Banks of Plum Creek Week 8 Lesson Plans

Mornings:

We start every morning off with our prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance. Below is a picture of the prayers that we say and a video of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Not the prettiest example but that’s what we’ve been using for the past few years.

Don’t have a flag? Grab one HEREand print it out to put up somewhere… you could even let the kids make a flag to proudly display. Amazon also has some little ones like this one HERE and HERE.

After this we have our calendar time also where we go over such things as the Days of the Week, the months, and some basic math.

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This one came from Lakeshore Learning.

The younger kids will also be watching some of these videos while I work with the older ones:

We may also use some of the songs found HERE.

And we will be trying out some relaxing background music with Google.

We also like to use this song during our ‘Morning Time’ to help the kids learn the 50 States. 


Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or topic simply push the ‘ctrl’ and the ‘F’ button down together and a small bar will pop up. Type in the week number or chapter number you want and it will take you to it.


On weeks where there are several activities listed just choose a couple that interest you the most to work on.


Answer can be found HERE.

Answer Key Password: momsrock


Week 8: Chapters 39, 40 & 41

(The Third Day, The Fourth Day, and Christmas Eve)

Here is our lesson plan for the week:


Language Arts

Reading:

Read Chapters 39, 40 & 41

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Thirty-Nine (The Third Day):

  • Why do you think the day was so miserable?

Chapter Forty (The Fourth Day):

  • What did Laura think she saw? What was it actually?
  • What did Ma fix for Pa?
  • Why was Pa excited about the cold weather?
  • What did Pa buy in town? How much was it?
  • How did Pa stay safe? How far away had he been?
  • How long had he been gone? What day was it?
  • Why did Pa apologize to the girls? How did the girls react?
  • What did he bring for Christmas dinner?

Chapter Forty-One (Christmas Eve):

  • What did they do on Christmas Eve?
  • How did Pa assign the chores? Who did what?
  • Was Laura upset about the fact that there would be no presents or candy? Why or why not?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print:  On the Banks of Plum Creek Vocabulary Week Eight List

Older Kids:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

  • Write a descriptive book report about the story we’ve read. Click HERE for book report forms.
  • Write a descriptive story about how you would feel if you had no presents on Christmas day.

Watch this video about point of view:

Other Activity:

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:

 


Math

You may find it easier to buy a Math Workbook to work through as you go along with the study.

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

Older Kids:

Younger Kids:


Geography and History

1. State Study

  • This week we will study Connecticut.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Landforms & Mapping

Maps:

Did you know that there are different types of maps?

Landforms:

  • Dunes

  • Oasis

3. Bonus

Extra:


We will also be using this People Long Ago Resource Box from Lakeshore Learning to go with our lessons.

People Long Ago Resource Box&nbsp;- Gr.&nbsp;<span style="white-space: nowrap;">1-3</span>

There are also some other resources available here:


Science

1. Go back and review previous topics you may have skipped or want to learn more about.

Watch this video:

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Clouds

 

3. Read:

Extra Activities:


Life Skills

We will be discussing some of the character qualities that are displayed in the book but if you would like to do a separate character study lesson you can download one HERE.

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 16: For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
    • Verse 17: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

  • Pa knew that he had to keep walking and not give up, why do you think he didn’t give up?
  • What does perseverance mean?

3. Manners

  • What are some manners you learned?
  • Review Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss any manners you might need help with.
  • Continue planning and working on your special meal.
  • Try a test run.

4. Fun Activities

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

  • Work on your next lesson.
  • Help to prepare a meal using your new skills.
  • Smart Sweets

Skill Trek

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 92-96
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

Note:

We will also be using:


PE, Health & Safety

1. Frostbite Safety

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What could have happened to Pa when he was stuck in the blizzard?
  • How can you prevent this from happening?
  • Do an activity from the Health & Safety Theme Box

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Music, Arts & Crafts

Crafts:**

Art:

Music:

You can check out my Pinterest page Little House on the Prairie Crafts for even more crafts and activities.


**BE SURE TO SAVE A FEW SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK FOR YOUR  PORTFOLIO!  TAKE PICTURES OF BIG PROJECTS!

**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

On the Banks of Plum Creek Week 7 Lesson Plans

Mornings:

We start every morning off with our prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance. Below is a picture of the prayers that we say and a video of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Not the prettiest example but that’s what we’ve been using for the past few years.

Don’t have a flag? Grab one HEREand print it out to put up somewhere… you could even let the kids make a flag to proudly display. Amazon also has some little ones like this one HERE and HERE.

After this we have our calendar time also where we go over such things as the Days of the Week, the months, and some basic math.

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This one came from Lakeshore Learning.

The younger kids will also be watching some of these videos while I work with the older ones:

We may also use some of the songs found HERE.

And we will be trying out some relaxing background music with Google.

We also like to use this song during our ‘Morning Time’ to help the kids learn the 50 States. 


Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or topic simply push the ‘ctrl’ and the ‘F’ button down together and a small bar will pop up. Type in the week number or chapter number you want and it will take you to it.


On weeks where there are several activities listed just choose a couple that interest you the most to work on.


Answer can be found HERE.

Answer Key Password: momsrock


Week 7: Chapters 35, 36, 37 & 38

(Keeping House, Prairie Winter, The Long Blizzard, and The Day of Games)

Here is our lesson plan for the week:


Language Arts

Reading:

Read Chapters 35, 36, 37 & 38

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Thirty-Five (Keeping House):

  • What did Pa keep busy with?
  • Why did Pa not want to trap the beaver?
  • Where did Pa want to go?
  • What did the girls do while they were gone?
  • What scary thing happened while Pa and Ma were gone?
  • How did the girls handle themselves? How did each help?
  • What rule had the girls broken? Did they get punished? Why or why not?

Chapter Thirty-Six (Prairie Winter):

  • What did Pa do to help find his way back and forth from the stable to the house?
  • What did Pa get in town?
  • What did Pa say was strange? What suggestion did Ma have?
  • How did they keep busy?

Chapter Thirty-Seven (The Long Blizzard):

  • Why did Pa say he needed to go to town? What did Ma say?
  • What chores did everyone do?
  • What chores did Ma do when Pa didn’t come home?
  • Why did Ma put the lamp in the window?
  • What strange thing happened?

Chapter Thirty-Eight (The Day of Games):

  • How did the girls help out while Ma was doing chores?
  • Why was Laura crying?
  • What did Ma suggest instead of lessons?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print:  On the Banks of Plum Creek Vocabulary Week Seven List

Older Kids:

  • Day One: Write your words three times each.
  • Day Two: Write your words in ABC order.
  • Day Three: Look up definitions and use five of your words in a sentence.
  • Day Four: Test (optional) or Worksheet:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

  • Write a descriptive paragraph about how Ma might have felt while Pa was away.
  • Write a descriptive paragraph about how Pa might have felt while leaving for work.

Write this video about writing perspectives:

Other Activity:

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:


Math

You may find it easier to buy a Math Workbook to work through as you go along with the study.

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

Older Kids:

  • Work on a lesson in your Ray’s Arithmetic Books or other math workbooks.
  • Work on Khan Academy
  • Special Tasks:
    • Research and estimate how many gallons of water your family uses, compare this to the Ingalls’ family.

Younger Kids:


Geography and History

1. State Study

  • This week we will study Nevada .
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Landforms & Mapping

Maps:

Landforms:

  • Ponds & Lakes

3. Bonus

Extra:


We will also be using this People Long Ago Resource Box from Lakeshore Learning to go with our lessons.

People Long Ago Resource Box&nbsp;- Gr.&nbsp;<span style="white-space: nowrap;">1-3</span>

There are also some other resources available here:


Science

1. Pick one or two topics to learn about:

  • Beavers

  • Winter Coats

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Winter

  • Blizzards

3. Read:

Extra Activities:

Weathers & Seasons - Interactive Science Activities


Life Skills

We will be discussing some of the character qualities that are displayed in the book but if you would like to do a separate character study lesson you can download one HERE.

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 14: Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
    • Verse 15: O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

  • Why is it important to take care of ourselves?
  • What bad habits did Douglas have?
  • What bad habits do you have?
  • What bad habit did Pa have?

  • What did Laura think would happen when they grew up?
  • How do you feel about this?
  • Why is it so important for children to obey their parents?

3. Manners

– Read pages 85 through 93 of Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss the manners used in each situation below:

  • What are the things you need to decide before hosting a party?
  • What should you consider when choosing the date?
  • How do you decide the guest list?
  • How should you decide on the menu?
  • Why should you do a test run?
  • How can you choose activities?
  • How can you make sure you get to enjoy the party?
  • What happens after the party?
  • Why are parties special and important?
  • Practice using these manners as you host a party or special dinner.
  • Check out these tips HERE for a tea party.

4. Fun Activities

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

  • Work on your next lesson.
  • Help to prepare a meal using your new skills.
  • Brothday

Skill Trek

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 85-91
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

Note:

We will also be using:


PE, Health & Safety

1. Tobacco Safety

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • It is mentioned that Pa smoked a pipe. Do you think this was a health risk?
  • How will you keep yourself safe?
  • Do an activity from the Health & Safety Theme Box

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Music, Arts & Crafts

Crafts:

Art:

Music:

You can check out my Pinterest page Little House on the Prairie Crafts for even more crafts and activities.


**BE SURE TO SAVE A FEW SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK FOR YOUR  PORTFOLIO!  TAKE PICTURES OF BIG PROJECTS!

**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!

On the Banks of Plum Creek Week 6 Lesson Plans

Mornings:

We start every morning off with our prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance. Below is a picture of the prayers that we say and a video of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Not the prettiest example but that’s what we’ve been using for the past few years.

Don’t have a flag? Grab one HEREand print it out to put up somewhere… you could even let the kids make a flag to proudly display. Amazon also has some little ones like this one HERE and HERE.

After this we have our calendar time also where we go over such things as the Days of the Week, the months, and some basic math.

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This one came from Lakeshore Learning.

The younger kids will also be watching some of these videos while I work with the older ones:

We may also use some of the songs found HERE.

And we will be trying out some relaxing background music with Google.

We also like to use this song during our ‘Morning Time’ to help the kids learn the 50 States. 


Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or topic simply push the ‘ctrl’ and the ‘F’ button down together and a small bar will pop up. Type in the week number or chapter number you want and it will take you to it.


On weeks where there are several activities listed just choose a couple that interest you the most to work on.


Answer can be found HERE.

Answer Key Password: momsrock


Week 6: Chapters 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 & 34

(The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn, Going to Town, Surprise, Grasshoppers Walking, Wheels of Fire, and Marks on the Slate)

Here is our lesson plan for the week:


Language Arts

Reading:

Read Chapters 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 & 34

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Twenty-Nine (The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn):

  • How was the weather changing?
  • What disappeared as the weather got cooler?
  • What did Anna do with the paper dolls? Charlotte?
  • What did Laura find in a puddle? What did she do?
  • How did Pa let them know he was home?
  • What did the girls need? How did Pa handle it?

Chapter Thirty (Going to Town):

  • What did Pa do in town?
  • What did Mary get? And Laura?
  • What did Ma not get? And Pa? Why?

Chapter Thirty-One (Surprise):

  • What did the girls do every day?
  • What did Nellie do that made Laura mad?
  • What new sound did they hear?
  • What new sight did Laura see? What was on it?
  • What gifts did everyone get? What special gift did Laura get?

Chapter Thirty-Two (Grasshoppers Walking):

  • What did Pa make?
  • How was the weather changing?
  • What was hatching? What did they do?
  • What strange thing happened? How long did it last?
  • What did Pa want to know?

Chapter Thirty-Three (Wheels of Fire):

  • What did they plant? When did the old-timers say they should be planted?
  • Where did Pa go? Why?
  • What happened while Pa was gone? Who came to help?
  • What did Ma say about good neighbors?

Chapter Thirty-Four (Marks on the Slate):

  • What did they need to harvest before they froze?
  • How did they harvest them?
  • What did they do with the turnips?
  • How did they keep track of how long Pa would be gone?
  • Did Pa come home when they expected? Why or why not?
  • What sad story did Pa tell them?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print:  On the Banks of Plum Creek Vocabulary Week Six List

Older Kids:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

  • Write a descriptive story about a day in the life of your favorite toy.
  • Write a descriptive poem about the weather today.

Other Activity:

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:


Math

You may find it easier to buy a Math Workbook to work through as you go along with the study.

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

Older Kids:

  • Work on a lesson in your Ray’s Arithmetic Books or other math workbooks.
  • Work on Khan Academy
  • Special Tasks:
    • Use information from p. 208 to calculate how many potential grasshoppers were in each square foot of ground.

Younger Kids:


Geography and History

1. State Study

  • This week we will study Wyoming.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Landforms & Mapping

Maps:

Landforms:

  • Buttes and Mesas

  • Volcanoes

3. Bonus

Extra:


We will also be using this People Long Ago Resource Box from Lakeshore Learning to go with our lessons.

People Long Ago Resource Box&nbsp;- Gr.&nbsp;<span style="white-space: nowrap;">1-3</span>

There are also some other resources available here:


Science

1. Pick one or two topics to learn about:

  • Birds

  • Grasshopper Migration

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Fall

  • Lightning

3. Read:

Extra Activities:


Life Skills

We will be discussing some of the character qualities that are displayed in the book but if you would like to do a separate character study lesson you can download one HERE.

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 12: Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
    • Verse 13: Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • What commandment did Laura break?

  • God is good and he takes care of us.
  • How did God give Laura what she had wanted?

– Read Joel 2:25-26

And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

  • How does this apply to the story?

Read Proverbs 27:10

Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

  • Who does this apply to in the story?
  • Who was a good neighbor?

3. Manners

– Read pages 69 through 84 of Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss the manners used in each situation below:

  • Where are some places that you must eat quickly?
  • What are some line manners?
  • What are some tips for eating at a cafeteria?
  • What are some tips for eating at a sit-down restaurant?
  • What are some picnic tips?
  • What is a buffet? A potluck?
  • What can make a meal special?
  • Practice these manners when you eat.

4. Fun Activities

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

Skill Trek

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 390-391 (pest deterrents)
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

Note:

We will also be using:


PE, Health & Safety

1. Nutrition

2. Games/Outdoor Play

Bonus:

Did you know that Square Dancing is a good exercise for helping you to have strong bones?

If you haven’t already signed up for classes have your parents check for a local club near you.


Music, Arts & Crafts

Crafts:

Art:

Music:

You can check out my Pinterest page Little House on the Prairie Crafts for even more crafts and activities.


**BE SURE TO SAVE A FEW SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK FOR YOUR  PORTFOLIO!  TAKE PICTURES OF BIG PROJECTS!

**This post does contain affiliate links to products and/or services that we use. We may earn a teensy weensy small commission (at NO EXTRA cost to you) if a purchase is made through these links. These links help to support our family, our blog, and our homeschooling mission.

 –Thank you!