Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Promised Land Zoo {Field Trip}

We took a trip over the weekend to the Promised Land Zoo in Branson.  It is so fun because they have so many baby animals and you get to bottle feed them!  Kayley was ecstatic to feed a Joey!  Maggie bottle fed a baby goat!  So fun!  It's a bit pricey to get in but we bought a Groupon deal and saved 50% on the cost of admission!  Be sure to check Groupon before heading there...it made a big difference.  

They have a fun parakeet house where you can feed the birds too!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Wiggly Worms! {Nature Study}

We had fun last week when we found this MASSIVE worm...  
No joke - he was 10" long!!

I caught him and brought him in and Kayley took over from there...  We got out 2 trusty books, The Handbook of Nature Study and Pets in a Jar, then got to work creating a wormy habitat.

We only kept the worms for a week or so, then decided to let them go...  
but it was fun!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Springfield National Cemetery

On a whim a week or so ago we were driving by the Springfield National Cemetery.  We thought we would stop in since we learned at Wilson's Creek that man of the soldiers that were killed during those few days were buried here.  It was pretty amazing.  Row upon row upon row of Unknown Soldiers.  How sad that so many of these soldiers died and were buried here - leaving their family wondering what happened to their father, son, brother...  

Pretty eye opening to see the result of the dead from a single battle...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

What We Are Reading {Week 8}

We have gotten pretty busy over the last week with some church activities and medical appointments but we are still chugging along through school.  We finished up Week 8 on Friday and we are enjoying a short break from other studies while we do a little bit of catching up in history.  We opted to stretch out week 8 into 2 weeks since there was so much interest in what we are learning!

We've enjoyed discovering the Oregon/California/Mormon trails through literature this last week and enjoying learning about the Transcontinental Railroad this week!

Our Read Alouds:

Ohhhh, this book was SO good!  
It is a 3 tissue book though so be prepared for tears.  Just like most families who traveled west on the Oregon trail this family suffered many hardships.

A good non-fiction read about traveling in a covered wagon!

 A funny look at some of the disgusting things pioneers had to suffer on the Oregon trail...such as where they went to the bathroom and burning buffalo "chips!"

A short non-fiction look at the Transcontinental Railroad.

Our studies wouldn't be complete without something funny or gross:

We watched a couple of movies too, Seven Alone is based on the true story of the Sager children who lost both parents on their way to Oregon.  It was a terrible quality and the acting was even worse - but, it did give us a glimpse of some hardships on the trail.

This movie was pretty laughable.  These guys didn't even get dirty.  And-- seriously, the lead lady was wearing pants.  How unseemly!  But-- we did see what a wagon train looked like when they circled the wagons and had a party...  sort of?  And at least it was family friendly...  

Coming up still this week we are going to read through a couple of quick biographies too:

 Maggie's independent reading last week consisted of:

This week she going to try Pioneer Cat.  This is an honest to goodness chapter book but she thinks she can do it and she wants to try so I think she will be successful!

Kayley's Independent Reading:  The Great Wheel.  She said it was "hard" and "not very interesting" and she really wanted to quit about 1/3 of the way in.  She persevered and finished it and completed a nice book report...  I'm proud of her for reading something that was challenging and not terribly interesting...  

I let her choose free reading this week after the tough book and she is reading this interesting antique store find, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.  Published in 1965 this is the 1st Science Fiction that Kayley has read and I'll be curious to see what she thinks about it.

Well, there you have it!  Thanks for stopping by!

Who Needs a Museum?

Who needs a museum when you can just go to an antique store?  Interesting items from 100 years ago, on display, and you can TOUCH them, twirl them, and try them out!  We found butter churns, coffee mills (just like Laura used in the Long Winter to grind wheat), cash registers, type writers, books, toys, dishes...Wow!  

I do believe we made the lady at the front counter pretty nervous when we came in and she kept a pretty close eye on us as we made our way through the store.  I went in knowing the rule "you break it - you buy it."  I told the girls on the way in that if they broke something it could really hurt our wallet.  They were very good.  Very careful.  And, surprisingly - they had a wonderful time! 

The girls ran constant narratives through the store about what they recognized from all the books we've read.  They could tell me what they were and how they were used.  So, I highly recommend skipping the museum and going to the FREE display at an antique store!  Have fun!

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