Based on a true story, Warm as Wool is about a pioneer woman determined to keep her children warm with wool clothing from her own sheep. An excellent story about the hardships of pioneer life.
We took a look at the covered wagon as the main way for pioneers to travel and transport their belongings from one home to another. We compared their way of moving to the way we transported our belongings when we moved into our house just a little over 6 months ago.
This book, The Prairie Fire was about the life-threatening dangers of prairie fires. Abishai learned about how pioneers created fireguards to protect their property from being destroyed. A boy, just a little older than Abishai, takes on the responsibility of putting out sparks landing beyond the fireguard before they grow too big to handle.Another book showing a fireguard being made.
We discussed what buffalo chips were from The New Land; a First Year on the Prairie, and how pioneers used them to start fires when trees or wood weren't available to them.
Also from The New Land we talked about how pioneers walked around with a freshly cut willow branch to help them find water. When the willow branch bent toward the ground, the pioneer knew to dig a well there.
Some homes were 8 paces wide and 6 paces deep. We counted those paces in our living room to discover that their whole home was smaller than our living room. A pioneers home was the width of the dark strips of hardwood you see in the picture but went just a little deeper, to our front window.
We talked about what a yoke is, and that when you yoke two animals together, they are bound, and must do things together.
Abishai refused to follow the instruction booklet from the Lincoln Log set. He ran into some difficulties at first, but in the end figured it out on his own.
Abishai's log home.
and his sod house.
Which he ended up putting a racing track through. New meets old!
Down time: enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun.
Lunch time reading (or when we're colouring). Life Science: The Burgess Bird Book.
Supper time reading. A Canadian Flyer book about pioneer life in Upper Canada.
We followed the journey of the pioneers from Warm as Wool on our world map from Connecticut, through New York, across Lake Erie, landing near Cleveland and then into Ohio. We placed our story disk of the sheep on Ohio.
Next we made a pioneer sod house out of brownies using chocolate icing as mortar. It was fun to eat it after.
We talked about sheering, washing, carding, spinning and weaving wool to make clothes. We compared it to our life now and how much easier it is for us to get clothes.
Because Warm as Wool includes a few similes in it's story, Abishai and I talked about what a simile is. As we read through several other story books on pioneer life, Abishai started to notice similes on his own. "Mommy, there's another simile!" he would say.
Micaiah loves lego, so I put together a lego theme for his birthday. I even made lego cupcakes!
One of Micaiah's presents. Luckily there's a small snow hill in our backyard for him to practise on.